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CHATEAU MONTELENA

1 May 2015 News

Bo Barrett, CEO of California’s Chateau Montelena, recently sat down for a Q&A with Idaho-based newspaper Boise Weekly.  Some of the excerpts are posted below.

  • On taking top prize at the Judgement of Paris:  “Basically what happened was the Australians said, “Well, if the Californians can do it, we can do it, too.” And the South Africans and the South Americans. So we think it was a big part of the democratization of wine.”
  • On changes in Napa since the 1970s:  “We have a much better grip on precision viticulture; I’d say the fundamental change has been how careful we farm now. … We have much more gentle equipment, planting has changed quite a bit, we have closer spacing. … On the winemaking side, we have such a better grip on the chemistry, on the microbiology, the tools that we have to make better wine.”
  • On what’s interesting in the wine world:  “The most exciting thing to me is that they’re making good wine in Texas now and they’re making good wine in Idaho. Good wine has spread over the country. … That’s pretty cool to see Americans starting to enjoy it as a beverage and with their food and dinner.”
The whole interview can be read here.