V. Sattui Picnic Packs – Filled with Picnic Essentials and a Bright Future for Young Adults

If you’ve picnicked on our property most likely you’ve seen, and maybe even purchased, one of our Picnic Packs.  On the surface these Picnic Packs look like a useful convenience, especially for impromptu picnics.  But they’re so much more than that.

The people who put these Picnic Packs together for us are 18-22 year-old young adults with developmental disabilities.  They are part of the Napa Valley Unified School District’s Transitions Program.  They are amazing young people with varying disabilities who have graduated from High School, and are now learning life and job skills as they transition to a more independent chapter in their lives. This is a business partnership that was established 30 years ago, and it’s one we are very proud of.

 “We love seeing these kids come here each year and experience their enthusiasm and spirit,” says Tom Davies, President of V. Sattui Winery.  “They really light up when they see the picnic packs being used here at the winery.  The folks with the program say we do a lot of good for the students, but they do just as much good for us.”

“The students earn a paycheck for putting together the Picnic Packs,” says instructor Melodie Roche.  “Our program helps these kids learn to budget money and manage finances.  As they put the packs together, they are also learning to work as part of team and how to communicate with each other.”

Recently the class came to visit the winery, as they do each year, and we treat them to a picnic lunch and some winery souvenirs.  They learn more about V. Sattui and are able to see for themselves how the Picnic Packs are displayed and used by customers.  When V. Sattui President Tom Davies told them the Picnic Packs are so valuable to us they are “priceless”- the group cheered with glee and accomplishment.  Students say they really enjoy putting the packs together and listen to really good music as they do it.

So the next time you pick up a Picnic Pack in our deli, we just wanted you to know it’s packed with so much more than just picnic essentials.

New Boys & Girls Club in Calistoga Making Steady Progress to Reality

The children of the Boys and Girls Club of St. Helena and Calistoga with Dario Sattui and staff in 2013.

Just last week the Boys & Girls Club of St. Helena and Calistoga reached a significant milestone in its quest to build a permanent club facility in Calistoga.  Currently the organization has raised $9.01 million, with a final goal of raising $9.5 million in the next 9 months.  

This is a project near and dear to Dario Sattui’s heart.  He donated $1 million toward the project in 2013 on behalf of V. Sattui Winery and Castello di Amorosa.  In December of 2014 he pledged an additional $500,000.

“Calistoga really needs a place where young people can congregate, socialize, learn and to play sports in a healthy environment with positive role models,” said Sattui.

Draft concept of the permanent Boys & Girls Club to be built in Calistoga.

“Mr. Sattui’s vision and generosity were instrumental in starting our fundraising campaign,” says Club Executive Director Jay Templeton.  “His early donations were the rocket fuel that propelled more gifts to come forward.”

Templeton says the children of Calistoga really need this facility.  The Boys & Girls Club has been using Calistoga Elementary School as a home base since 2001 when they had a membership of just 50 kids.  Now they have 430 kids, and have completely outgrown the school.

Draft concept of the permanent Boys & Girls Club to be built in Calistoga.

The Boys & Girls Club has property for the facility secured, an architect on board, and will soon be hiring a general contractor to build the 14,000 square foot building.  They hope to break ground in June of 2016, and have the facility open for kids and the community by Labor Day of 2017.

 

2012 – A Vintage to Remember!

Sometimes in life, you just get lucky.  For V. Sattui Winery and many other Napa Valley wineries, 2012 is a truly exceptional vintage.

“We knew in early spring we were looking at a very good vintage,” says Brooks Painter, Head of Winemaking for V. Sattui Winery.  “As the season progressed, with phenomenal weather that allowed fruit to ripen evenly and completely, we realized that we were actually experiencing one of those ‘perfect’ vintages—long and cool, and with the best fruit we’ve seen in a long time.”

Wine writer Robert Parker agrees that both the 2012 and 2013 vintages from Napa Valley are special.  

“The biggest problem in Napa Valley (unlike Bordeaux or other areas where Cabernet Sauvignon is grown) is that Napa can have very damaging and stressful heat spikes well over 100 degrees F that can last from three days to as long as a week,” says Parker. “The negative results can cause grapes to raisin, threatening dehydration and inflicting stress on the delicate health of the vines. This never occurred in 2012 or in 2013. Grapes, much like people, mature and flourish under ideal conditions, and both vintages provided that.”

We have just released three of our five 2012 single-vineyard Cabernet Sauvignons.  In general, they are wines with well-structured tannins, rich concentration, and developed aromatics that define the vintage. Most of the fruit was picked at ideal ripeness before rain fell in late October, making coordination of the avalanche of grapes arriving in the winery one of the greatest challenges of the harvest.  It is a great vintage from both a growing and volume perspective; we had fantastic yields of some fantastic wines. This is truly a classic vintage.

2012 Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon
This wine was named “Wine of the Year” – and “Best Cabernet” in the Monterey International Wine Competition earlier this year.

From Robert Whitley, Wine Review Online:  “V. Sattui's 2012 Mount Veeder Cabernet is a classic Napa Valley mountain red, a rich, powerful Cabernet Sauvignon with broad shoulders and impressive dimension. This vintage shows rich black fruits, chewy tannins and a generous dollop of oak that matches the heft of the wine. A panel of advanced and master sommeliers at the 7th annual Sommelier Challenge International Wine Competition loved it and awarded it Platinum and a score of 94 points.”

2012 Preston Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
A Platinum Award winner and Best of Class Cabernet Sauvignon at the 2015 Sommelier Challenge International Wine Competition. 

From Rich Cook, Wine Review Online:  “The juggernaut that is V. Sattui Winery continues to roll out spectacular Cabernet Sauvignon from this vineyard.  The nose is extremely deep and complex, with solid varietal character, firm tannic structure, lively acidity and a long finish that is currently emphasizing elegant red fruit and spice. This deserves five to ten years additional bottle aging to bring out all of its charms, though they are already many.”

 

2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Vittorio's Vineyard
Platinum award winner at the 2015 Critics Challenge International Wine Competition

From Robert Whitley, Wine Review Online: “With soft, supple tannins and a juicy blackberry and blueberry core, this is a delightful Cabernet Sauvignon that can be enjoyed now while you wait for some of the more muscular Napa Valley Cabs from this outstanding vintage.

 

2012  Morisoli Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
A Platinum Award winner at the 2015 Sommelier Challenge International Wine Competition

From Rich Cook, Wine Review Online:  “A favorite vineyard source of mine, and thankfully, also a favorite of some great winemakers.  Brooks Painter and his crew always bring out all that Morisoli has to offer, and in this vintage it's lively raspberry fruit, joined perfectly by pie spice, mild dried herbs, cedar and cigar.  It's got a big structured backbone that begs further aging while providing great delight at present.  Decant, or go long?  You win either way. “