Chateau Montelena Winery to Kickoff 2017 Wine Pairing Dinners at Middletown Hotel

The New Year will be here before you know it, and Twin Pine Casino and Hotel will hold the first of our Wine Pairing Dinners on Friday, February 17, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Previously a monthly event at our Manzanita Restaurant in Middletown, the popular dinners will now be held in our larger Twin Pine Event Center and will take place quarterly. The first vineyard to share its treasures with our guests will be Chateau Montelena Winery.


As always, we encourage attendees to make a night of it and enjoy our casino before retiring to one of our gorgeous guest rooms. Make plans to spend the night or the weekend by contacting us for reservations.

About Chateau Montelena Winery

Built in 1888 at the base of Mount Saint Helena, Chateau Montelena Winery was originally known as the A.L. Tubbs Winery after its founder Alfred Tubbs. At the time of its construction, the winery was unique in the Napa Valley, where most similar facilities were built with wood. The Chateau is made of stone walls three to 12 feet thick that provide natural insulation, protecting the interior from extremes of heat or cold. What’s more, the structure is built into a hillside for additional temperature regulation. While this helps produce consistent, high-quality wines, few wineries at the time had the foresight to use these construction techniques.

Its architecture is also unique. The Chateau was designed to resemble an English Gothic castle gatehouse, complete with narrow arched windows, a large arched door in the place of a portcullis, and bartizans with faux arrow slits.

Like other wineries in the area, the Chateau ceased operations during Prohibition, but resumed them in 1933 under the direction of A.L Tubb’s grandson Chapin Tubbs. However, two years after Chapin Tubbs died in 1947, operations were halted again. The property then changed hands twice with winemaker Jim Barrett acquiring it in the early 1970s, clearing and replanting the overgrown vineyard, and bringing the winery back to life.

Today, Chateau Montelena makes a variety of red and white wines with grapes are grown on one of the world’s most unique winegrowing properties. Its loose, stony, well-drained soils produce fruit with layers of complex flavors.

Make Plans to Attend the First Wine Pairing Dinner of 2017

Our Wine Pairing Dinners that start with Chateau Montelena Winery in our Middletown hotel Twin Pine Event Center are something you won’t want to miss. We look forward to seeing you!