Wine Country Fall Foliage Road Trip

Visit wine country—V. Sattui style!

 

Leaves are gently falling to the ground and the smell of harvest lingers in the crisp, autumn air—there’s no better time to visit the heart of California’s wine country than right now. As if the fall scenery isn’t enough, with no traffic and no tasting room lines, there’s more wine and good times waiting for you! We invite you to experience St. Helena and the greater Napa Valley, V. Sattui style. We’ll make traveling and deciding where to go easy with our itinerary featuring the top places to eat, sip, sleep, and enjoy.

Make it a weekend getaway

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With over 400 wineries in Napa Valley, handfuls of delectable restaurants, and endless fun activities, why not stay the night? St. Helena offers a wide variety of lodging options, ranging from charming B&Bs to luxury resorts—there’s something for every occasion.

Wydown Hotel

Wind down at the contemporary, cozy Wydown Hotel centrally located on Main Street in downtown St. Helena. Explore nearby stores and restaurants or relax in the complimentary luxury health spa, equipped with a yoga studio, signature Harvest mud bath, and more.

For more suggestions and a complete listing, visit our website.

Eats

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Hungry? Check out some of our go-to spots. Whether you are in between wine tasting reservations or just looking for a tasty night out on the town, we’ve got you covered!

Model Bakery

Wake up and smell the coffee! Follow your nose to a town favorite, Model bakery, famous for its wide variety of pastries and freshly baked bread. Want an insider’s tip? Treat yourself to a homemade English muffin— it’s mouth-wateringly delicious.

Market Restaurant

A wine industry go-to—Market restaurant embodies a true farm-to-table setting. Featuring local and seasonal produce, enjoy Napa’s culinary palate. Tip: Many neighboring eateries offer free corkage on V. Sattui wines, so be sure to ask!

Gott’s Roadside

Watch the town come alive as the iconic burger joint, Gott’s Roadside opens its doors for early lunch goers. Home to Robert Parker’s favorite hamburger, enjoy fresh salads, Ahi Poke tacos, hand-cut sweet potato fries, wine by the glass, and more.

Goose and Gander

A wine country hangout for impeccable craft cocktails and seasonal bar-bites served in their pub-like dining room or lush patio. Goose and Gander is a great spot for locals and visitors alike!

The Restaurant at Meadowood

A three-Michelin-star restaurant nestled in the small town of St. Helena, The Restaurant at Meadowood is the peak of wine country-chic showcasing local and sustainable California cuisine with a luxurious touch. Plan an elegant evening or enjoy a cocktail at sunset.

Bruschetteria Food Truck

Spin, sip, and savor! Whether you are looking for a quick bite on-the-go or gearing up for more wine tasting, the Bruschetteria Food Truck has just the thing. Located next to the Clif Family tasting room—this food truck is equipped with everything from espresso, bruschetta, rotisserie chicken, and seasonal sides ready to satisfy your every need.

Ready for more wine?

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V. Sattui

We invite you to visit our winery in the town of St. Helena, right in the heart of Napa Valley. We have three Tasting Rooms to choose from, each offering friendly, knowledgeable service from our expert staff. We offer food and wine experiences that will get you thinking about wine and food in new and delicious ways.

Our Artisan Deli and Marketplace is the place to gather your ultimate Napa Valley picnic to pair with your wines. Or, when weather permits, enjoy our hot foods right off the grill and the wood-fired pizza oven during our Weekend BBQs. We also invite you to enjoy your new culinary finds on our 2 ½ acres of beautiful picnic grounds.

Castello di Amorosa

Head a little further north and you’ll arrive at our sister winery, Castello di Amorosa. A 13th-century inspired Tuscan castle created by Dario Sattui, owner of V. Sattui Winery, don’t miss your chance to take a tour and taste the wines.

Cabernet season launches in Napa Valley

When you say fall, we say Cab season! A wine region famous for its red wine, Cabernet season is the perfect time of year to visit Napa Valley and experience all it has to offer. Relish in the flavors of the region and relax while enjoying the seasonal scenery. An intriguing time of year, get out and explore the many opportunities that restaurants, wineries, and hotels provide in honor of Napa Valley Cab season.

Activities for the whole family

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Culinary Institute of America (CIA)

At the north end of St. Helena is the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, a prestigious culinary college that also offers demonstrations to the public. May we also suggest taking a wine class! From learning how to wine taste to discovering what makes the region’s terroir so unique—we like to call it “edu-tainment.”

Main Street

Stretch your legs with a stroll up and down Main Street. Home to a variety of delightful boutiques, the renowned artisan Woodhouse Chocolatier, and a dozen art galleries sure to capture your eye.

Cameo Cinema

Cap the evening with a film at the century-old Cameo Cinema, where owner Kathy Buck personally welcomes the audience to each screening. Enjoy the show!

Napa Valley and St. Helena are fun, delicious places to explore, and we encourage you to stay and play with us for as long as you can.

See you soon!

Wine Country Wildfire Update

Updated October 17, 2017

 

Status of V. Sattui Winery + How You Can Help

Dear Friends of V. Sattui Winery,

Our sincerest thanks for everyone’s outpouring of concern during this trying time in the Napa and Sonoma Valleys. We are truly grateful for your messages of support and are extremely fortunate to report that our winery itself has not been affected by the fires.  Our hearts are with our neighbors, colleagues and their families who have been affected by the wildfires and less fortunate than ourselves.

We are pleased to announce V. Sattui is OPEN Daily (as of yesterday, October 16th).  We welcome your friendly faces!

For those of you awaiting wine + gift deliveries:  We are pleased to tell you Fedex picked up yesterday and your orders are out for delivery!  Thank you for your patience while we experienced interference with Fedex and UPS accessibility due to road closures.  Please be on the lookout for tracking emails from our carriers.



For those of you interested in offering assistance to fire victims:

Please visit http://www.napavalleycf.org/fire-donation-page/ to make a donation to the Napa Valley Community Disaster Relief Fund.  We are eager to take action towards the recovery, and to assist in these efforts, V. Sattui Winery and Castello di Amorosa will be making a joint contribution of $100,000 to the Napa Valley Community Foundation (NVCF) Disaster Relief Fund. The NVCF will be distributing grants from this fund to organizations providing crucial services for those impacted by the fires including, but not limited to: medical care, temporary shelter, meals and counseling.

Other ways you can help the Wine Industry? 

Buy Napa Valley and Sonoma Valley wines!  Buy them for yourselves and buy them as gifts.  Thousands of hard-working wine industry employees are directly affected by these fires and any help you can provide to stimulate the economy and reopen these wineries will directly support our workers and their families.  SHOP >

With deep appreciation,

V. Sattui Winery

Not Your Average Grape Stomp

 

V. Sattui invites you to the Crush Party of the year

 

Step behind-the-scenes of an iconic Napa Valley winery and experience V. Sattui up close and personal! Taste more than 45 award-winning wines, meet the winemakers, sip and swirl to live music, and get your feet dirty with a traditional grape stomp—  only half of the fun at V. Sattui’s annual Crush Party.

A mix of entertainment and education ( what we like to call an “edu-tainment” event;) here are 5 reasons why you can’t miss the biggest open-house party of the year.

1. Sample over 45 different wines!

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Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling– the options are endless. We invite you to discover the magic of each varietal, from their unique aromas to the flavors.

Talk shop with our growers!  Meet Mike Nunez of Preston Vineyard, grower of our flagship Rutherford cabernet, along with five of our beloved Zinfandel growers representing the Napa Valley and Dry Creek Valley AVAs. Find out what makes V. Sattui wine a prime example of regional elegance.

Find something you can’t live without? For one night only, get up to 30% off on all cases!

2.   Winemaking 101

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Have you ever wondered how such well-balanced, vibrant, and delicious wine ended up in your glass? Now’s your chance to get an inside glimpse and witness harvest in full swing on our production floor. Observe barrel fermentation, view our bottling line, taste tank samples (some just days old), and ask our Enologist, Jose Basulto, all of your winemaking questions.

3. Grape Stomp

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Grape stomping, otherwise known as pigeage, which means “punching down,” was a method of maceration used in traditional winemaking. Cellar workers repeatedly stomped on grapes with their bare feet to release juice from the grapes and initiate the fermentation process.

Today, the age-old practice is often honored at fall festivals. Wineries invite guests to celebrate harvest and experience the culture and history of winemaking. So roll up your pants and get ready to stomp the night away!

4. Meet-and-Greet

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Wander on over to Vittorio’s Estate Vineyard station for your chance to meet and mingle with Vineyard Manager David Bejar, Viticultural Technician Carter Mochizuki, and Vineyard Foreman Pancho Cortez. See how organic grapes are grown, learn about clonal selections, and taste different grape varietals. Get an insider’s look at how V. Sattui grapes go from vine to bottle.  

5. BBQ & Live Music

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Aside from producing outstanding wines, if there’s one thing we know how to do, it’s how to throw a party. Each one of our signature V. Sattui events is filled with great wine, food, music, and high energy— so bring your dancing shoes!

Featuring a Tuscan-inspired menu, wine and dine under the oaks to the tunes of DGIIN. Get ready, this party is going to be one for the books.  

What: 2017 Crush Party

When: Saturday, October 7, 2017 | 6:00-10:00 p.m.

Where: V.Sattui Winery

How: Open house

Tickets are available for purchase here.

See you there!

Falling in Love with Ancient Italy

ETRUSCANS – The Banqueters of Ancient Italy 

By Lisa C. Pieraccini, Ph.D, UC Berkeley

 

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Dario Sattui & Lisa C. Pieraccini

As an archaeologist of Ancient Italy, I know what it means to work on the land (or literally, in the dirt). I spent my childhood growing up in Sonoma County where we often had family gatherings at a wonderful little winery in St. Helena (with picnic benches out in front). That special place was the V. Sattui Winery. Years later, I found myself pursuing a Ph.D. in the field of classical archaeology, with special emphasis on the Etruscans and Romans.

My career took me to Italy where I lived for many years teaching and conducting research at some of Italy’s finest museums and archaeological sites. My Italian family left Italy at the turn of the twentieth century to avoid digging ditches, to make a new life, only to have their great-granddaughter go back to Italy to do just that! I now teach at UC Berkeley where I specialize in Etruscan and early Roman art and archaeology, with a special interest in funerary rituals, Etruscan and Roman wall painting, Etruscan eating and drinking utensils, as well as the ritual and secular consumption of food and wine. I am the Project Director of the Del Chiaro Center for Ancient Italian Studies at UC Berkeley where our mission is to preserve the future of Italy’s past.

To this end, it gives me great pleasure to return to the winery where my family gathered many years ago to eat and drink, to contextualize how the ancient people of Italy, namely, the Etruscans did the same.

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Michelin Star Chef Stefano Masanti

Please join me at V. Sattui Winery on Sunday, September 10th from 11:30 am – 3:00 pm for a fascinating look at the Etruscan culture followed by a luncheon created by Michelin Star Chef Stefano Masanti, who will bring the Etruscan culture to life through his cuisine.

Seats are limited! Tickets are available here.

 

 

Sattui Sonoma: Alongside Napa on the map and beyond

V. Sattui’s Sonoma County Jewels.

 

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In today’s world, anyone who attempts to rank either Napa or Sonoma County as one better than the other is seriously misinformed. At V. Sattui, we have long been aware of the jewels that Sonoma County possess and we access tons of grapes for our top, premium wines from extraordinary vineyard sites in a number of Sonoma’s distinctive sub-appellations.

It is a cooler region than Napa because of its closer proximity to the Pacific Ocean and the topography diverts, channels and segments maritime penetration in such a way that exceptional – even somewhat magical – growing sites are created in the various nooks and crannies of the Sonoma hills and mountains.  Another dimension is the wide array of soils from the Rock Pile Appellation – which is what the name suggests – to the sandy alluvial soils along the Russian River to the calcium carbonate (read chalk) found in Chalk Hill Appellation.  These phenomena combine to create a wider impact from AVA to AVA (American Viticultural Area or BATF approved Appellation) and a wider diversity of varietals suited to those micro-regions.

Growers in Sonoma County have sensed these unique conditions by planting accordingly in these micro-climates. As a result, the wines they produce have become very terroir driven and display a developed a sense of area identity. Russian River Pinot Noir, for example has an identifiable profile as does Dry Creek Zinfandel and so on.  This, of course, leads me to our Sonoma County Chardonnay and Pinot Noir as well as a couple of our Flagship Sonoma Zinfandels.

2015 Sonoma County Chardonnay:2015-Sonoma-Chardonnay2015-Sonoma-County-Pinot-Noir The Bella Vista Vineyard lies just a few hundred yards from the Napa Line in the northern part of the Mayacamas Mountain Range. These eastern slopes are noted growing areas for Chardonnay.  This vineyard is on the crown of the mountain where there is always a lot of air movement and abundant sunshine above the fog level. The soil is clay loam with tons of gravel.  Simply put, it’s everything a Chardonnay vine would like.

2015 Sonoma County Pinot Noir:  This wine is beyond the Carneros Appellation (Sonoma side), which borders San Pablo Bay. It is literally in the Bay on Skagg’s Island (along with the Coast Guard).  Talk about bathing this varietal with the cool air it loves.  And, here’s a twist:  This vineyard belongs to Reynaldo Robledos and his family. He is the first Mexican immigrant field worker to own and operate a winery with vineyards in the U.S. (350 acres).  Not enough can be said for his dedication, passion and just plain, hard work. We have a special sensitivity toward immigrants, as we salute the Sattui Family’s journey from Italy to California with a special wine called La Merica.

2013 Gilsson Zinfandel2015-Russian-River-Zinfandel2014 Russian River Zinfandel: A prime example of what this region can produce.  A finger of fog follows the river inland, permeating and expanding over its banks long before the larger area is encompassed.  This provides nice heat during the day which Zinfandel requires as well as an extraordinary diurnal temperature range of 35° to 40° (temps between day and night).  This locks acids and flavors into the fruit which are showcased well in this wine.

2013 Gilsson Vineyard Zinfandel: Gilsson Vineyard fruit grows in the eastern reaches of the Russian River Valley; in the “elbow” of a neighboring Sonoma appellation – Chalk Hill.  From a drone’s eye, one can actually see bands of chalk striating throughout the hill. The combination of the Valley’s cool climate, quick drainage from the chalk and nutrient bound clay, causes the vine to struggle to produce its fruit. The end result is a wine with amplified notes of fruit, framed in depth and structure.

Care to sample these Sattui Sonoma jewels?

Now through August 15th, enjoy $1 Ground Shipping on all mix-or-match cases of the four Sonoma County wines listed above!  Receive 15% OFF 1 case and 20% OFF 2 or more cases.

 

V. Sattui and Chef Masanti Plan a Midsummer Menu for Fundraiser

Changing lives since 1974, Homeward Bound of Marin is a safe place. A mission turned reality, Homeward Bound is a local non-profit paving the way to solve and prevent homelessness.

What started as a single family shelter, Homeward Bound of Marin now operates 15 residential programs to offer “safety, dignity, hope, and independence.”

Dedicated to ending homelessness, these programs reflect the realization that a shelter alone would not solve the issue at hand. In addition to providing housing, Homeward Bound of Marin offers unique job-training programs, serving low-income students as well as residents.

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Fresh starts begin in the Culinary Academy— an award-winning program designed to prepare students for a job in the culinary industry. A 10-week intensive course immerses students in a hands-on environment where they learn not only kitchen skills along with life skills. In addition to food preparation, knife techniques, and recipe sizing, teamwork and conflict resolution are key.

Success is measured by the willingness to keep trying

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Fresh Starts graduate Lilyette Gallegos is a shining example that success is achievable. Unsure whether or not she would graduate high school, a career in culinary arts was only a dream. With a helping hand from Homeward Bound’s Fresh Starts Culinary Academy, hard work, and dedication, Lilyette was awarded for “Best All-Around Skills” and is now a high school graduate.

Currently employed at the Sausalito Yacht Club, she is an advocate and role model for anyone interested in getting a fresh start.

For more success stories visit: http://bit.ly/HomewardBoundSuccessStories

Giving Back

With over 60,000 nights of shelter provided last year, 343 beds offered in supportive housing, 72 students enrolled in culinary training, and $2.7 million saved through avoidable hospital stays, it is proven that Homeward Bound’s mix of “training, housing, and hope” goes a long way.

Whether it’s through volunteering or donating, community members have been partners to make ending homelessness a reality for many.

Join us for a special event July 27th: Stefano Masanti & V. Sattui Winery Offer Midsummer Menu

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V.Sattui Winery, in partnership with Michelin-starred chef Stefano Masanti, is joining forces to support the shelter, housing, and training programs at Homeward Bound of Marin. Inspired by their strong Italian roots, V.Sattui and Chef Masanti have created a Midsummer pairing menu, featuring the traditional flavors of Italy.

Menu: Chicken & Mushroom Ravioli | Beef Cheek with Mustard, Potato & Truffle Purée | Grandfather’s Vanilla Gelato with V. Sattui Madeira Zabaglione & Raspberries

Wines: Optional V. Sattui wine pairing or V. Sattui wines by the glass for an additional cost.

$60 per person – included a cooking demonstration, dinner.  Proceeds support the shelter, housing and training programs at Homeward Bound of Marin.

Tickets available here.  

Celebrate summer Italian-style with V.Sattui Winery & Chef Stefano Masanti!

V. Sattui’s Annual Italian Mid-Summer Festa

Have you ever dreamt about vacationing in Italy? Imagine yourself in the village of Toscana or Lombardiasurrounded by lively music, laughter, aromas of mouth-watering food, all while sipping on a Rosato Di Sangiovese. Well, what if we told you we could bring Italy to you? Join us for the annual V.Sattui Festa Italiana, a mid-summer Italian festival.

A unique summertime tradition in Italy, people line the streets to celebrate Summer Solstice. The word “solstice” derives from ancient Italian history meaning, “the sun stands still.” It’s an illusion that plays a significant role in long-standing legends and ceremonies within the Italian culture.

Catholicism is at the heart of many Italian festivals; old traditions are mixed with modern day experiences, making mid-summer an exciting time of year for a visit. From jumping over bonfires in honor of rites of water and fire (might want to leave this one to the locals), to parades through city centers and street vendors filling the air with seasonal smells reminiscent of summer– it’s an event you don’t want to miss.

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What’s an Italian celebration without food and wine? June, July, and August are all about fresh, vibrant flavors, a reflection of the abundant sunlight during harvest. Carrying on the tradition, V. Sattui Festa Italiana isn’t complete without a pig roast, complemented by dishes bursting with fresh herbs, garlic, and an Italian-must, wine.

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A wine country event you can’t refuseexperience a night under the stars as we celebrate mid-summer, Italian-style. Don’t worry, you don’t have to be Italian, we celebrate family, friends, and you– our V. Sattui Community.

Date: July 29, 2017

Time: 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Location: Under the oak trees at V. Sattui Winery

Dress: Casual Italian

Food & Wine: Enjoy a delicious meal courtesy of V. Sattui Winery and the Pig Man of Petaluma, paired with our award-winning wines.

Live Entertainment: Dance the night away to music by Nino L’Italiano.

Tickets are available here.

La Merica: A Taste of History and Passion

Introducing V. Sattui Winery’s newest release, La Merica.

 

Honoring the family’s Italian heritage, V.Sattui Winery proudly presents La MericaA modern day rendition of a pre-prohibition blend of Petite Sirah and Zinfandel; serving as a beautiful reminder of the many ways in which immigration continues to shape our country.

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Celebrating the brave immigrants who risked everything in pursuit of the American dream, the Sattui family is only one example. Escaping a life of poverty and political uncertainties, Vittorio Sattui was just one of the many Italians who fled to America, or “La Merica,” to build a better life for himself. Arriving virtually penniless, hard work and a dream to produce only the highest quality wines were the keys to survival. V. Sattui Winery, although temporarily halted by Prohibition, was a monumental success in the making for years to come.

Embracing the importance of immigration in today’s society, La Merica rejoices everything America stands for: liberty, prosperity, diversity, and acceptance. A society built upon the foundation of immigrants, immigration is our future. Showing appreciation, V. Sattui staff members are sharing stories commemorating their family history, and what led them to where they are today, in the heart of California’s wine country.

Staff: Ali Paterson-  Marketing Director | Year of Immigration: 1927 from Poland | Story: To escape the Russian Cossacks.

 

AliPaterson-FamilyPhoto-FramedFollowing World War I, the Cossacks were raiding the Jewish villages in Russia. My Jewish grandfather and his family fled to Poland and finally to America (Ellis Island) in 1927, where he changed his last name from Malinowski to Kaufman, to match that of his uncle who came to the States earlier. They ran a bakery in Brooklyn until my Grandfather grew weary and shifted his professional gears to prize fighting. He won 16 out of 16 fights, only to be knocked out during his 17th fight. He then elected to switch it up again and become a barber. My Grandfather cut hair for the rest of his life, eventually making his way to the West Coast, with his wife and four children, to manage 22 barbershops at Camp Pendleton during the Korean War. What I remember the most about my Grandfather was his amazing ability to hold the attention of everyone in the room while telling a story.

 

Photo: Jack Kaufman (Malinowski), his soon to be wife Roslyn Parker (my Grandmother), and his sister Bertha -Brooklyn, NY, 1933.

 

Celebrate with us!

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Join us June 24th-25th, as we pop open the first bottles of our new release, La Merica. A bold New-World blend packed with notes of dark fruit, giving it those mesmerizing purple hues, and a lingering texture sure to captivate your taste buds.

Take advantage of this unique time in history, and break out the old family photo album. Before taking that first sip, reflect on the path that leads you to this very moment. Standing in a tasting room in the iconic Napa Valley with generations of hard work in your glass. Appreciate and savor the senses. Taste the passion, smell the different aromas, see the beauty, hear the history, and feel the dedication.

Available from 12 pm to 5 pm both days, we will be offering tastings to guests in all V. Sattui tasting rooms. Pair this wine with your favorite cheese and our house-cured charcuterie. We suggest a smoked Gouda, Cheddar (medium-sharp), or a creamy goat cheese, to complement the robust prideful flavors of La Merica.

Historical tours will also be available by reservation: http://bit.ly/ReserveTour

Don’t forget to bring your family, friends, and stories with you!

Salute!

Discovering Culinary Treasures in our Artisan Marketplace- Mt. Tam Cheese

Cheese case- Jack and Keith- smallOne of the joys of coming to V. Sattui is discovering our incredible cheese case in our Artisan Marketplace.  It’s fun to hang out in the marketplace and watch people walk in the door, and just be drawn in, like a magnet, to the dizzying display of aromatic, creamy goodness.

One of the “must haves” in our treasure chest of cheeses from around the world is made right down the road in Petaluma.  Cowgirl Creamery was started by Sue Conley and Peggy Smith in the early 1990’s in the small coastal town of Pt. Reyes normalized_peggysmith_sueconleyStation.

One of their flagship cheeses is the Mt. Tam– an elegant, triple cream, washed rind (or surface ripened) cheese made from organic cow’s milk from neighboring Straus Family Dairy. Named after Mt. Tamalpais, a Northern California landmark, this smooth and creamy cheese has a mellow, earthy flavor- sort of like white mushrooms.

CU- Mt Tam with walnutsWe like pairing this cheese with our Los Carneros Chardonnay which has some buttery notes to compliment the cheese, but also some ripe pear, fig and honeydew flavors and enough acidity that balance with the heaviness of the cheese.  We also like serving this cheese as a dessert, with a nice glass of our Late Harvest Riesling. Pairing it with some spiced roasted walnuts will really set off the creaminess of the cheese.

Next time you’re at the winery, be sure to check out our cheese case!  Our Cheesemonger, Keith Idle, or one of our other cheese experts, Jack,  are happy to answer questions, and give you tastes!