We were fortunate enough to have Christina & Chris share their wedding day with us here at V. Sattui! An elegant lawn ceremony was followed by a beautiful, clear night under the stars. Guests were served a spectacular dinner from Elaine Bell, and the ambiance in the barrel room couldn't have been more perfect. We wish the happy couple many more beautiful memories in the years to come and hope to see them soon!
Marcia and Louie could not have asked for a more perfect wedding. Marcia looked stunning walking down the aisle, and as the sun drifted below the horizon guests enjoyed V. Sattui's Henry Ranch Pinot Noir and Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc. They danced the night away on this beautiful summer evening. We wish Marcia and Louie the best!
Katlin and Colin enjoyed a beautiful evening courtyard ceremony. The couple, along with guests could not have asked for more perfect weather, and nothing could make their day more special than being surrounded by friends, family, and wine. With the vines in bloom, and summer finally here, the celebration continued on into the night. It was a pleasure to host such a wonderful ceremony. Congratulations!
Living in northern California, we are privy to some of the most amazing goats milk cheese in the world. One of our favorites is made by Mary Keehn, the creator of California’s most famous goat cheese, Humboldt Fog, and her newest creation of goat cheese and truffles. This “Truffle Tremor” has a soft and delicate cake-like interior speckled with truffles giving the flavor an earthier tone with a slight tanginess. Allowing the cheese to mature produces a creamy layer under the rind enhancing the flavor of the goat milk. Enjoying this cheese with the 2009 Carsi Chardonnay is a perfect match for any pre-cursor to a Summertime dinner! Bon appetite.
2008 Pilgrim Vineyard Zinfandel
Wine of the Year – Winemaker Challenge
88 points Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine
2007 Prestige Cuvee
90 Points Wine Spectator
4 GOLD MEDALS– Pacific Rim Int’l, Tasters Guild, Critics Challenge,
98 points/BEST OF CLASS—California State Fair
2008 Napa Valley Chardonnay
90 Points California Grapevine
7 Gold Medals: Winemakers’ Challenge (PLATINUM), Monterey Wine Festival, Pacific Rim Int’l Wine Competition, L.A. Int’l Wine Competition, North of the Gate Wine Competition, San Francisco Chronicle, “Best of Class Napa Appellations”/Gold/95 points—California State Fair
2009 Doctor’s Vyd. (Santa Lucia) Pinot Noir
90 points Wine Enthusiasts
89 points California Grapevine
Gold Medal- Taster’s Guild International
2007 Henry Ranch Merlot
“Best of California”/“Best of Class Napa Appellations”/Gold/98 points—California State Fair; “Best of Class”/Gold— North of the Gate Wine Competition
2009 Anderson Valley White Riesling
5 Gold Medals: L.A. Int’l Wine Competition, San Francisco International Wine Competition, Gold/“Best of Class”—North of the Gate Wine Competition, Grand Harvest Awards, “Best of Region North Coast Appellations”, “Best of Class North Coast Appellations”; Double Gold / 98 points—California State Fair
2008 Early Harvest White Riesling
3 Gold Medals: Winemakers’ Challenge, “Best of Show”/Gold—San Diego Int’l Wine Competition; Double Gold/98 points—California State Fair
2008 Late Harvest Riesling
“Best of Region Napa Appellations”/”Best of Class”/Double Gold/98 points—California State Fair
2009 Gamay Rouge
4 Gold Medals: Tasters Guild, Riverside Int’l Wine Competition, Monterey Wine Competition, “Best of Class”/Gold—Los Angeles Int’l Wine Competition;
2007 Black Sears Zinfandel
2 Gold Medals —Grand Harvest Awards and San Diego Wine Competition
BEST WINE OF 2010, Frederic Koeppel, Wine Writer
Wine of the Week About.com
90 points- Wine & Spirits Magazine
89 points- Wine Enthusiasts
2008 Gilsson Vineyard (Russian River) Zinfandel
92 points Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine
92 Points – Snooth.com
Gold Medal- San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Wine of the Week – Vinecdote.com
2007 Cabernet Franc (sold out)
5 Gold Medals: San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, Tasters Guild, Critics Challenge, L.A. Int’l Wine Competition, Pacific Rim Int’l Wine Comp.
89 points- Wine Enthusiasts
2007 Sattui Family Cabernet Sauvignon
4 Gold Medals: San Diego Int’l Wine Competition, West Coast Wine Comp., Monterey Wine Festival, Gold/95 points—California State Fair
2007 Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon
4 Gold Medals: Amenti del Vino, San Diego Int’l Wine Competition, Gold/94 points—California State Fair; Winemaker’s Challenge (PLATINUM)
3 Stars – Decanter Magazine
2007 Vittorio’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
4 Gold Medals: Tasters Guild, North of the Gate Wine Competition, L.A. Int’l Wine Competition, Gold/94 points—California State Fair
2006 Morisoli Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
“Among the top 25 Cabernets of Napa Valley”—top100Cabs.com
2007 Morisoli Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
2 Gold Medals: Orange County Fair, Amenti del Vino
4 Stars Highly recommended – Decanter Magazine
2 Gold Medal- San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition and the Taster’s Guild International
90 Points— Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine
89 Points California Grapevine
Do freezing temperatures harm the vines? Do those big fans in the vineyards keep the workers cool?
Frosts are welcome and frequent, sometimes occurring 20 to 30 times or more during the winter months. They actually harden fruiting buds and force vines into dormancy providing a healthful rest before the next growing season.
Frost becomes a predator as soon as buds pop out those tender leaves and shoots around the middle of March through April. When skies clear and the night air grows still; temperatures plummet and winery alarms sound the warning. The battle begins.
Where water is scarce (the vineyard is dry farmed or drip irrigated), those big ubiquitous propellers push warmer supernatant air into the low spots displacing the heavier, frosty air.
Where water is abundant, overhead sprinklers apply water at a rate of 50 gallons per acre per minute which freezes and encases the shoots in a protective layer of ice. However, if a well goes dry during a series of freezing nights, the war is over unless there is a reservoir to tap which allows the well to recover.
This morning I woke up to a roaring sound (it was not my stomach!) It was the wind machine in Vittorio’s Vineyard. We use wind machines for frost protection. The machine draws down warmer air from above and circulates it with the colder air to prevent frost.
Here in our tasting room was another little furry friend. He was cute as can be. Although he couldn’t drink the wine he did enjoy the sights of the winery and the smells of the wines, cheeses at the deli and foods being prepared. I’m happy to see more people bringing their pets along to our pet friendly environment. Now with the warm weather on its way, I think we’ll see more happy companions!
Watch Jay and Tom as they explain what it means to taste from the barrels and buy Futures!