May 2015 - V. Sattui Winery

Critics Challenge finds us winning again!

The best winery you've never heard of

To be named Winery of the Year for a second time this year is truly an honor. The Critics Challenge International Wine Competition was a successful competition for us and we are proud to announce that our special, Bordeaux-style 2011 Paradiso – along with receiving a Platinum medal and a 97 point rating –  was also named Wine of the Year and Best Red.

Robert Whitley, the Director and Chief Judge of Critics Challenge as well as publisher of the WineReviewOnline, wrote a glowing article summing up our winnings and calling us “the best Napa Valley winery you’ve never heard of” and lamenting that though we may be “the most medaled winery in America” and our “long record of excellence is impressive,” it is a “shame more wine lovers aren’t aware of [V. Sattui].” We rely on you, our treasured customers, to pass the word along about our brand, because we chose to sell directly to you in order to give you the best prices and ensure the best quality in our wines. So thank you for helping us, by drinking and enjoying our award-winning wines!

We would love to share with you the reviews that Robert Whitley himself wrote on some of our Platinum award winners from Critics Challenge:

2011 Paradiso, V. Sattui Winery – 97 Points

Won Wine of the Year and Best Red 

"Close your eyes and imagine you've just taken a sip of First Growth Bordeaux at about $1000 a bottle. Then open your eyes and realize it's the 2011 V. Sattui Paradiso, a red Bordeaux-style blend from a so-called off vintage. Paradiso price: $70. This could be the steal of the century if you were the sort of person who overspends on high-end Bordeaux. Paradiso incorporates all five of the red Bordeaux grape varieties, but Cabernet Sauvignon is dominant. This vintage exhibits aromas of cassis and ripe blackberry, with the very Bordeaux-like note of lead pencil and cedar."  

 – Robert Whitley, May 26, 2015


To be released later this year


2012 Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon, V. Sattui Winery – 95 Points  

Platinum Award winner

"V. Sattui is a virtual machine when it comes to producing great Napa Valley Cabernet vintage after vintage. This 2012 Howell Mountain, from the west-facing slopes of the Napa Valley, is a blockbuster that exhibits intense black-fruit aromas, a richly layered palate, and finely integrated tannins, with a subtle wood note in the background. Sensational stuff."

– Robert Whitley, May 26, 2015

2012 Vittorio's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, V. Sattui Winery – 94 Points 

Platinum Award winner

"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 to come around." 

– Robert Whitley, May 26, 2015

2012 Morisoli Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, V. Sattui Winery – 94 Points

Platinum Award winner

"For as long as memory serves, the Morisoli Vineyard has been one of the Napa Valley's most stunning properties. The Cabernet from this vineyard follows a familiar theme vintage afer vintage, producing complex, supple Cabernet that's easy to drink when young but with the ability to age. The 2012 is just another in a long series of Morisoli Cabs that are suave and seductive. And the price is modest given the history of excellence."

– Robert Whitley, May 26, 2015


Not Just Another V. Sattui Love Story – Part 1

The impromptu proposal

On a beautiful Saturday in January, Alex and Justine came to V. Sattui Winery with their dog, Trixie. Alex had told Justine that he wanted to enjoy a “family day,” just the three of them.

But Alex had something up his sleeve.

With nothing planned beforehand, Alex and Justine came to the winery, did a tasting, signed up for our Wine Club and talked with everyone that walked by (because their dog is just that adorable). As Alex checked out, he asked the cashier if there was a quiet spot he could propose to his girlfriend. Well, Alex asked the right person, because it just so happened that Tom Davies, President and Co-Owner of V. Sattui, (and – shall we divulge – hopeless romantic?) was behind the cashier desk that day. 

Tom had just the spot – our private Gold Room, an intimate room where stone cubbies are filled with dusty bottles of our older vintage wines and old wooden crates holding the biggest of bottles -the Nebuchadnezzar – lay. Always one to go above and beyond for our customers, Tom went on a quick mission – grabbing a bottle of our Prestige Cuvée sparkling wine, two flutes and a chiller and candles.

By the time they entered the private Gold Room, Justine may have had an idea of what was going on…

The happy(ily engaged) couple


A little bit of history

Alex and Justine met in college in 2007 at a birthday party for a mutual friend.

The first meeting

Alex was a Cal student athlete (Go Bears!) and played for the baseball team. Justine being a huge fan of baseball, Alex certainly did not escape her notice when he walked into the room. After spending the greater part of the night in the other’s company, they kept in contact over the next few months.

That Valentine’s Day, they went out to dinner (Olive Garden – life is hard with a student's budget!) and to make the relationship official, Justine presented Alex with personalized M&Ms that read “Will you be my BF?” 

After Alex’s initial shock wore off (your first experience with personalized M&Ms is pretty incredible) he said of course- and they’ve been inseparable ever since.

Officially boyfriend and girlfriend (2008) – my, how time flies!

Seven years (and several visits to V. Sattui) later, Alex and Justine have settled in Napa. Alex works for NorCal CrossFit and is very involved in all of the CrossFit games. Justine is a 6th grade teacher at St. John the Baptist Catholic School in Napa. Some of her family lives in town as well, and she and he enjoy being closer to them.


Next steps

One day after the proposal in our Gold Room, Justine called the Winery and asked that we host their wedding, too. Of course, we couldn't be more thrilled! In the next two parts of the series, join them on their wedding journey as they pick out the menu, nail down the details and finally – tie the knot! 

In the meantime, check out these beautiful photographs (and meet the adorable Trixie!) from their engagement shoot in San Francisco, shot by the truly talented husband and wife team at

Engagement shoot photos courtesy of the talented duo at


Don't you just love love?

Happy Mother’s Day- Italian Style!

She’s the one who loves you unconditionally.  She cooked for you, cleaned up your messes, took care of you when you were sick.  Listened while you carried on ad nauseam.  Now, she’s one of your best friends and it’s time to do something nice for her.


The Plan

May we suggest an Italian-style brunch?  Made by you (with help from us of course!), and not some generic dish thrown together by a chef in a kitchen who is slammed on one of the busiest restaurant days of the year.  You pick out the ingredients, you put in the work, make it with love, and you reap the rewards of knowing you’ve done something really special for the woman who changed your diapers.

Step 1: The Wine

Start with the right wine.  Our 2012 Cuvée Rouge is a bubbly, easy-to-drink sparkler perfect for beginning her day.  She will delight in the beautiful vibrant pink color when you pour it into her champagne flute (yes—you need to do it right, and break out the fancy flutes!). 

Step 2: The Food

Next, get ready to serve Mom a yummy, hearty breakfast made with great, fresh, local ingredients.  The Frittata recipe below is a gift from Stefano Masanti, a Michelin Star Chef from the Italian Alps who happens to be a friend of ours.  Currently he is spending his off-season at V. Sattui, enjoying the abundant produce available in our area, cooking food at our winery and sharing fantastic recipes like this one.  

Step 3: Enjoy! .. and treasure time with mom

The spices and saltiness in the Italian sausage and the richness of the eggs are a nice foil to the fruity flavors of the Cuvée Rouge.  Also, the Frittata could be made ahead of time – right before she arrives.  Serve it at room temperature with a fruit or green salad.

We hope you’ll spend time with your Mom on Mother’s Day, or whenever it works for both of you.  Enjoy her.  Listen to her.  Woo her.

She’s worth it!


Potato, Asparagus and Salsiccia Frittata
From Stefano Masanti, Owner & Executive Chef
Il Cantinone, Madesimo, Italy

Serves 4 people

½ pound Salsiccia sausage, or substitute sweet Italian sausage
8 eggs
1 baked and mashed russet potato
16 asparagus spears, blanched, cut in 1/2” pieces
Salt and pepper to taste
3 tablespoons V. Sattui Extra Virgin Olive Oil, or other high quality Olive Oil

Preheat oven to 400°F.

Slice sausage links to the size of small coins.  Heat a 10-inch frying pan, or cast iron skillet (a pan that can go into the oven) until hot and grill the sausage slices on each side until brown.  Remove from hot pan and drain on a paper towel.  

In a large bowl, wisk the eggs until fluffy.  Add the potatoes, asparagus, and the cooked sausage.  Season with salt and pepper and stir the mixture to combine and evenly distribute the ingredients.

Drizzle 3 tablespoons of the olive oil in the pan you cooked the sausages in.  Add the frittata mixture and cook in the oven for 8 minutes or until the eggs are set.  Let the frittata cool for 2 minutes, then cut into slices and serve.