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!

Welcome to the V. Sattui Family Wine Club

Wine of the Month Club — Our tasting room, delivered!

 

At V. Sattui Winery, we craft one of the largest selections of award-winning, small-batch, small lot wines to suit a wide range of tastes. Our family motto— never be without great wine!

From our cellar to yours, here are 10 reasons why you should sign up today.

 

1.You’re joining a family rooted in wine history

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Established in 1976, V. Sattui is all about family and the generations that have made it what it is today: one of Napa Valley’s most iconic wineries. With a firm belief that wine is meant for sharing with your loved ones, Our Wine of the Month Club will keep you stocked up for all occasions. Celebrate all of life’s special moments with V.Sattui!

2. Exclusive access for the ones we love

 

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Sattui wines are only available on location and online, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy them in the comfort of your own home, anytime, all year long. Become a member of one of Napa Valley’s longest running Wine Clubs and get exclusive access and deals you can’t get anywhere else. Receive priority allocation of newly released wines and last of lots.

3. Customize it!

Are you a red, white, or dessert wine fan? At V. Sattui, we aim to suit all your wine preferences. Our club is flexible, so feel free to customize your Wine of the Month Club order or simply upgrade to a club that best suits your palate. As a Wine of the Month Club member, you can choose to only receive white wines, red wines, dry wines, dessert wines, magnums, premier wines, or all of the above. Feeling adventurous? Switch between clubs as frequently as you’d like! Whites in the summer? Absolutely. Reds for the holidays? Of course!

4. Shipping frequency

We bring the tasting room to you! Choose when you would like to have your wine shipped to you and how often. Wine of the Month Club members have the option of receiving 2, 4, or 6-bottle shipments each month, bi-monthly, or quarterly – or 3 bottles bi-monthly. If you’re going on vacation or out of town, just let us know and we will rearrange your shipping schedule.

5. Member-only events – it’s a family affair!

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Receive exclusive member-only invites to the year’s most anticipated parties in Napa Valley. At discounted prices, dance the night away at our annual Harvest Ball, experience an Italian mid-summer at our Festa Italiana, or be the first to taste the latest vintage straight from the barrel at one of our Barrel Release or Lobster Fest parties. The opportunities to celebrate with ‘family’ are endless.  Wish to travel abroad with V. Sattui?  We offer priority reservations to club members when booking our Wine Cruises and Tuscany Ground Tours.

6. Discounted hotel stays

Need a vacation? Get discounted room rates at one of our partnering Napa Valley hotels, B&Bs, or inns. Kick back and relax with a glass of your favorite V. Sattui wine and enjoy the Valley’s scenery. If you are in town for the weekend, stop by for our signature BBQ or a private terrace tasting.  

7. Complimentary tastings & tours

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As a valued V. Sattui club member, we want to ensure you that every visit to the winery is special. Enjoy complimentary tastings, barrel tastings, and tours for up to four people every time. Reservations are required. Guests are encouraged!

8. Member-only discounts

Do you have a favorite wine that you just can’t get enough of? Purchase a case or more and get a special discount up to 20% off! Don’t forget, as a member you can also receive discounts on pre-releases, previous months selections, and vintage wines.

9. Personal wine consultant

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Planning a special event or dinner party and can’t decide which wines might pair best? Need a reminder when your favorite wines go on sale?  Here to help is your own personal V. Sattui wine consultant available to offer professional tips and tricks and the very best offers to make that occasion a smashing success!

10. Hall of Fame

As a V. Sattui Wine of the Month Club member, you are one step closer to becoming a Hall of Famer. An elite club level, this is granted to a few extraordinary members each year for their love, loyalty, and support. Are you the next Hall of Famer? Sign up for Wine of the Month Club today.

 
Join the V. Sattui family today! Click here to become a Wine of the Month Club Member.

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.

 

 

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!

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!

 

The Best Three V. Sattui Wines to Enjoy with Fresh Crab

Despite a little fog and drizzle, you’ll notice that folks in Northern California have a little extra spring in their step today. The reason? Crab season officially opens today! In the Bay Area and Napa Valley serving up fresh Dungeness crab at the Thanksgiving table, or as a meal in the days before or after Thanksgiving, is a beloved tradition. We invite you to join us in this tradition of enjoying crab and wine, wherever you are!

At V. Sattui we have three wines we love to pair with crab.

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V. Sattui Napa Valley Chardonnay
A smooth, balanced Chardonnay that has enough acidity to pair with many foods. If you plan to serve your crab with melted butter, this wine a great match!

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Balanced acidity with subtle grassy, fig, and citrus flavors make this a great pairing with crab when you use a lot of herbs or fruity dipping sauces.

2015-carsi-vineyard-semillonCarsi Vineyard Semillon
Fermented entirely in stainless steel, this wine has a silky texture with upfront minerality and a nutty, figgy character that pairs well with all kinds of seafood dishes. We love it with fresh crab, especially when it’s served as a salad, or seasoned with Asian or Hispanic spices.

If you’ve ever been to our Artisan Deli & Marketplace, then chances are you couldn’t resist our delicious house-made crab cakes. To help you share the Thanksgiving tradition of including crab in your holiday meal, we are offering our recipe for these tasty bites. Serve them as an appetizer, a side dish, or have them for Thanksgiving breakfast, topped with a poached egg.

 

 

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The Crab Cakes offered in V. Sattui Winery’s Artisan Deli & Marketplace are made fresh daily. Be sure to try them on your next visit!

V. Sattui’s Crab Cakes
Makes 7-8 servings

1 pound fresh crab meat, cracked and cleaned
1 small red bell pepper, diced
1 small yellow pepper, diced
½ bunch green onions, sliced
2 tablespoons butter
½ cup Mayonnaise
1 tablespoon Dijon Mustard
1 cup Panko (Japanese-style bread crumbs)
2 cups regular bread crumbs

Drain crab meat well. Sauté the bell peppers and green onions in butter
until barely tender, about 10 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste. Let cool.

In a bowl add all ingredients except for the regular bread crumbs. Mix well.

Form crab cakes by placing some of the mixture into a ½ cup measuring cup and then forming a solid patty with your hands. Dredge the cakes in the bread crumbs, and deep fry them in oil at 325 degrees. Serve hot with lemon wedges and your favorite V. Sattui wine!

Toast a Great Country with a Great Wine- V. Sattui Madeira

Madeira and brownie sandwich- editedRevive an old custom this July 4th and toast our stars and stripes with Madeira!

While the wine is named after the Portuguese-held island some 500 miles off the coast of Morocco, celebrating Madeira in America is a long-held tradition. Few people today associate Madeira with Colonial America when, in fact, it was a household beverage during the latter half of the 18th Century. The East Coast is mostly hot and humid and much of it has high water tables which precluded any form of cellaring table wines. Madeira is virtually indestructible; so it became the wine of choice and maintained its popularity right up to the Great Experiment – Prohibition.

When the final draft of the Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4th 1776, members of our first Congress consumed some 50 bottles of Madeira. What a celebration that must have been! Other great occasions calling for Madeira included George Washington’s marriage to Martha, Washington’s inauguration in 1789, and the Louisiana Purchase in 1803.1200px-Declaration_independence

Madeira came to America by way of European ships that would make regular stops at the island of Madeira to “freshen” with the island’s abundance of fresh water and take on its wine as ballast. Vintners of Madeira knew their wines would not survive an Atlantic journey without a little help so they added brandy as a preservative. What they didn’t know was the heat from traveling the equator would oxidize alcohols into aldehydes, which added a marvelous nutty character to the wine. After this discovery, intentional heating of the wine was done in estufas (heated vessels) and it continues today. Vintners also adopted the Spanish solera system in which young wines go into barrels and matriculate by constant blending to the bottling barrels over many decades and even centuries. The younger wines freshen the older vintages while the older wines impart their wisdom to the newer arrivals.

V. Sattui Madeira shares this historic tapestry, as Vittorio Sattui procured a number of barrels from the island and started his own solera at his winery in San Francisco in 1887. When you enjoy V. Sattui Madeira there may be a few drops of this vintage in your very glass which connects you with history. Vittorio had to hide his decades-old solera around North Beach in San Francisco during Prohibition, as surely the Feds would have destroyed it. So, this wine has its own bit of romantic history.

colonial- holding wineFrom fortification to heating, V. Sattui Madeira continues to be made in the time honored traditions of the island, rendering a complexity of caramel, dried plum, honey, maple, vanilla combined with hazelnuts, almonds and chocolate. All of this is re-enforced with smooth, silky, and balanced sweet sensations on the palate. This is the oldest Madeira produced in the U.S. and it’s as though the wine waited all of these years and decades to come to life on your palate.

Our Madeira is compatible with so many foods. Friendships range from pumpkin pie to tiramisu. By the way, we use the Madeira to make tiramisu in our deli. It’s wonderful with nuts like a hazelnut torte and any recipe that calls for dried fruit, vanilla, and caramel (Flan). We love it as a float with our house made Vanilla Bean Gelato. Let your dessert imagination be your pairing highway.

It’s also a good cooking wine. Try this: cook your meat of choice in a pan or grill pan and remove it. Pour in our Madeira along with an equal part of Sattui Family Red. Deglaze the pan and allow a few minutes to reduce the sauce. Plate your meat, add the sauce and enjoy. REALLY enjoy!

Discovering Stefano, Raffaella, and Il Cantinone

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Stefano and Raffaella in the kitchen of their restaurant, Il Cantinone, in Madesimo, Italy.

This week we are getting ready to host our first Pop-Up Dinner with Chef Stefano Masanti and his wife, Raffaella.  Our winery president, Tom Davies, met Stefano and Raffaella a few years ago while traveling with his wife and daughter through Italy.  It was actually Tom’s daughter, Michaela, who chose the small, charming hotel in the town of Madesimo as their destination.  Little did the Davies family know that stop would include one of the most delicious and memorable meals, and would lead to a long friendship between the two families, and now, their businesses too.  

Michaela shares her version of discovering Stefano, Raffaella, and their Il Cantinone Restaurant:

I first met Stefano Masanti and Raffaella Mazzina when I was traveling in Italy with my parents. We were staying in Sesto Calende, near where my family originated, and not sure of our next move. As a fourteen year old flipping through guidebooks, my criteria for a hotel exhausted itself at ‘has a pool’. However, something about the Sport Hotel Alpina, located in the Italian Alps, stuck; I shared this with my parents and we headed there the next day.

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One of Stefano’s creative dishes served at Il Cantinone.

When we arrived, we found the hotel also had a small restaurant called Il Cantinone.  Shortly after arriving we ordered food. Lots of food. The best food I have ever had. Stefano prepared his tasting menu for us, which essentially entails course after course of creativity and the juxtaposition of wonderful flavor profiles. Raffaella, an exceptional Sommelier, carefully selected and poured each wine. While my mother and I had to bow out after a handful of courses, my father continued to taste well into the double-digits. Even as a young teenager, I considered that meal one of the most impressive experiences I have ever been part of.

Harvest Ball. I knew Stefano and Raffaella were special when they simply said “yes”. While I was undoubtedly excited for the beginning of the relationship between Stefano and Raffaella and V. Sattui, I had no idea what that would ultimately mean to me.

Each year from April to November, Stefano and Raffaella join us as our in-house special events chef and catering manager, respectively. Following my graduation from college last May, I began working alongside Stefano and Raffaella at V. Sattui. I always had a deep respect for their relationship and partnership with the Winery and my family; however, I did not expect that a year later Stefano and Raffaella would be among my dearest friends.

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Stefano at work at V. Sattui’s Harvest Ball in September, 2014.

Stefano and Raffaella share both their goodness and talent with everyone and to be honest, it is hard to say which outshines the other. Among the most humble and generous people I know, Stefano and Raffaella also boast monumental accomplishments in the world of food and hospitality.

In addition to Stefano receiving a Michelin star, their restaurant, Il Cantinone, was named the best Italian restaurant that promotes local food and farmers by Gambero Rosso, a well-respected food and wine publication. Furthermore, Il Cantinone was selected as one of the best 60 restaurants in Italy and top 10 in Lombardia by L’Espresso Guide. Stefano is also Vice President of “CHIC, Charming Italian Chef”, one of the most important chefs’ associations of this time. Finally, Stefano was awarded Italian Chef of the Year for the promotion of Italian culture at the 2014 Merano Wine Festival.

I am so happy they have become family to both me and to the Winery I was raised in, and that we now have the opportunity to share their magic and the exceptionality of their restaurant with you at the Il Cantinone Pop-Up Dinner! Trust me, you do not want to miss this one.