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Top 5 Gifts for the Holidays 2020

The perfect gift is as elusive as it is impactful. It should be sentimental, but not sappy; classy, but not pretentious; personal, but not awkward. It’s a lot to think about! Fortunately, V. Sattui Winery has been specializing in gifting for longer than most Napa wineries have been in existence, and we are here to help! From your Aunt Pam in Miami to your most important client in Chicago, to your best friend from college living in Denver, here are the Top 5 ways to give the gift of V. Sattui this holiday season.

1) Wine & Gift Packs

 

Hand-packed with LOVE, V. Sattui gift sets include artisan foods and logo merchandise paired with hand-selected wines for a perfectly personalized present. Choose from fun and friendly packs like Pass the Mustard and Yay for Gamay!, or focus on pure indulgence with our Pamper-In-Place and Wine Not? boxes. Shop online and select the wine(s) you prefer in each box. With ten themed gift packs to choose from, there is something for everyone! Prefer a different collection of goodies? No problem! Contact kellie@vsattui.com for a truly custom gift to match your budget.

2) Wine Packs

Take the guesswork out of your gifting! Ensure everyone has their favorite dinner wine on-hand with our food-friendly For the Bird and For the Roast 6-packs, or encourage la dolce vita with our After Dinner Holiday Dessert 3-Pack.

We even have the perfect gift for the wine collector in your life – the Cabernet Horizontal 6-pack, featuring all our single-vineyard designate Cabernets from the 2016 vintage, plus our signature Bordeaux blend, the 2016 Paradiso.

3) Personalize it!

 

Add some “WOW” to your wines this year with personalized decals and hangtags that are guaranteed to make an impact. Include your company logo to impress your clients and employees, or add some flair to your gift with fun clipart or a heartfelt message to really bring that holiday cheer into their homes.

4) Virtual V. Sattui Experiences

Even sheltering-in-place, the V. Sattui Experience is never out of reach! Let one of our expert wine educators “edu-tain” you over Zoom and guide you through a palate-pleasing selection of genuine V. Sattui wines, with five different “vino packs” to choose from. Sip and savor with friends and family online, or substitute your company’s holiday party this year with a stay-at-home cooking demonstration or cheese board assembly contest that’s sure to inspire laughter, fun, and plenty of joyful holiday memories.

5) Wine of the Month Club Membership

For the wine lover who has everything… give them something more! The V. Sattui Wine of the Month Club is a wine subscription service unlike any other in the Napa Valley. Choose from six different club levels sure to satisfy even the most discerning palate, with monthly or bi-monthly shipments.

Other benefits include complimentary tastings at the winery (including barrel tastings!), discounts on wine purchases, invitations to member-exclusive events, and more! And just think – each time your giftee opens a new shipment, they’ll be reminded of you.


No matter who you’re sending gifts to this year, V. Sattui Winery is committed to making it easy for you and special for your recipients. Call us at (707) 963-7774 for personalized assistance with your order!

Make it unique. Make it delicious.  Make it memorable.
Make it V. Sattui.

 

 

V. Sattui Staff Spotlight: Q&A with Angie McGoogan

Angie McGoogan – An Artist Discovered

V. Sattui Winery recently discovered the hidden artistic talents of young Angie McGoogan, who wears the title of Administrative Assistant at V. Sattui Winery. Not only is her work thoughtful in concept, but her designs are also brilliant and precise. We are thrilled to have her talents supporting our marketing efforts here at the Winery and look forward to witnessing her flourish on her artistic path.

How did you first start getting into art?

As a kid, I did a lot of drawing. I was featured on ABC7 when I was seven years old when I sent in a picture of the rain. It was a lot of fun. My parents got a VHS tape sent to them, which I think they still have, of that small segment on the news of my drawing. And then in high school, I started doing a lot more drawing, and that’s when I decided I wanted to pursue it a bit more and possibly make a career out of it.

What other art pieces have you done that you’re particularly proud of?

My dad’s published book cover – I painted a picture of him when he was younger for his autobiography, Tales of a Well-Spent Youth. Now, he has a second book about to be released, and I also painted the cover for that one. I’m particularly proud of both cover creations.  Most of my favorite art pieces, though, my parents have adopted. They are hanging around their house so I can see them whenever I want.

I recently illustrated a custom “ThankXmas” card for [V. Sattui’s Outbound Hospitality Manager] Megan, which was a lot of fun. She wanted to combine Thanksgiving and Christmas with a little humor. I was inspired to include a turkey, Santa, and Jesus giving a thumbs up. Yea, it was a lot of fun to do for her.

How would you describe your own art?

I do a lot of cartooning and I’ve always created many abstract designs. I also really enjoy lettering and always have since high school. While not exactly a “graffiti artist,” since I didn’t apply my art to walls, you could describe my lettering as graffiti in style – especially when I was younger.  I have found my designs apply well to cards, invitations, and posters.

How did you come up with the design for the V. Sattui Holiday Barrel?

We received an invitation from the St. Helena Chamber of Commerce to participate in their Holiday Wine Barrel campaign. [Vice President of Marketing] Ali and I threw around some ideas while sourcing one of our own used barrels.

Originally, the barrel design was going to be a plump Santa, but then I was looking through my artbook and I saw an illustration I had done in the past of a snow globe. I thought it would be cool to paint the iconic V. Sattui Winery building inside a snow globe, plus I thought the round shape of the design would work well on a barrel. It took me three working days to paint the barrel – 8 hours every day!

View 2020 St. Helena Holiday Wine Barrel Tour map here.

 

What are your favorite mediums to use?

I love color in general, so I prefer painting and I use a lot of art markers. Regardless of the medium, it’s important to keep my art “me,” in a way. I don’t want to steer away from that too much when it comes to custom designs I do for others, and I think so far I’ve done a pretty good job staying in the style of “me.”

More of Angie’s work can be viewed on her Instagram page, @macsmastery. Custom, commissioned work is also available.

Resiliency – at the Heart of V. Sattui Winery

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH

So much has been taken from us this year and at times it has been outright unbearable. Nevertheless, for all that we have endured, and the list is long, we have survived because that is what we do. Resilience is part of the fabric of our great humanity. Resilience has given us the strength to fight one crisis after another. Resilience has also allowed us to see the greatness in humankind through heroic acts of kindness, compassion, and bravery. Resilience has been our guiding light; our compass as we navigate a world of uncharted waters towards hopefully a new world full of respect and kindness.

We hope you’ll take a moment to watch this heartfelt video capturing the resiliency of our V. Sattui team. From the earth to your glass, we’re in this together – for the long haul.

As the holidays near, now is the time that we take back our lives and begin focusing on restoring our sense of normalcy, reclaiming our traditions, and renewing our spirits. Disruption has been with us for too long; let us look forward and celebrate this joyous season.

RECLAIM, RESTORE, RENEW WITH V. SATTUI THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

The spirit of our Holiday Catalog is to restore and reclaim our traditions. We looked to our historic Hibbard Ranch for inspiration to reclaim our traditions. Through century-old artifacts and reclaimed wood found on our ranch, we showcase our wines through a lens that captures the spirit of a bygone era and brings it forth in a renewed way.

We may not be able to experience the holiday traditions in an exact way of years past, but we build on the past and create new traditions that can be passed on to future generations.

All of us at V. Sattui Winery are thankful that you have chosen our wines to be a part of your family traditions, old and new. We hope our wines will also help renew your spirits and bring happiness to your holiday season.

With warm regards,

 

 

Tom C. Davies,
President

The Story Behind the Label

Sattui’s beautiful bottles mean more than just great wine!

Most of our wines feature an elegant, timeless design – an off-white or black label adorned with the V. Sattui logo, often enhanced by gold foil or embossing for our most premium selections. A small collection of our bottles are graced with unique designs and artwork that are different from anything else we produce. They add a layer of depth and beauty to these already gorgeous selections. We believe stories make sharing wine special. The stories behind the labels of these beautiful bottles are sure to intrigue and delight anyone who takes the time to indulge in them.

PARADISO

Since 2007, our Paradiso Bordeaux Blend has been graced by abstract prints from world-renowned painter, sculptor, designer, and muralist, Italian-born Fabio Sanzogni. Fabio painted the murals of our sister winery Castello di Amorosa, as well as the wall mural in our own Cellar Club, the sign on our antique truck in front of the winery, and several frescoes in Dario Sattui’s home.

Fabio studied art in bottegas (artist workshops) building sets for theater productions. Following in the footsteps of his grandfather, he decided to pursue art. He started his own set designing company in Italy in 1987. In less than five years created sets for over 120 productions including operas, ballets, plays, musicals, and even, TV shows. In 1992, he moved to the United States and founded the Studio d’Arte in San Francisco, which is how he met Dario.

The art on our bottles was not specifically commissioned but chosen from his collection of existing works. Each vintage of Paradiso adorns a new Fabio piece as the bottle label. These labels are a favorite for our fans who love to collect them!

One person who has collected every vintage since coming of age is our own Tour Manager, Angela Ware. Her parents have been members of V. Sattui for decades, and during a tasting on her 21st birthday (in the Gold Room, no less!), she decided that her first-ever wine purchase would be the Paradiso.

Fabio also created the artwork designed specifically for our Bacci Red Blend bottle. We wanted the label to represent the smooth and easy-drinking style of the blend. The idea of “a kiss of softness” guided the design. Fabio presented us with many creative renditions – even a piece that was half man, half goat! Ultimately, the art-deco image of a couple in formal wear, gazing lovingly into each other’s eyes as though about to kiss, was the best interpretation of the tastes and textures in this succulent wine.  

LA MERICA

The black-and-white photograph of the Sattui family on the steps of their wine shop in San Francisco, and the pre-prohibition blend within the bottle, is a homage to the history of the Sattui family and the obstacles their business has overcome throughout its 135-year history.

Vittorio Sattui was just one of the many Italians who fled to La Merica to build better lives for themselves. He and his wife arrived in San Francisco in 1882, virtually penniless. Vittorio – originally a baker by trade – was able to open a bakery to support his family. They made wine in their home like most Italian families did back then. He soon realized that their homemade, Italian-style wine was excellent compared to what was commercially available in the Bay Area in the 1800s. Only three years later, in 1885, they quit the bakery and opened a winery in the Mission District.

Vittorio and his sons would bring grapes from St. Helena back to San Francisco via a 2-3 day trek by ferry and horse-drawn carriage. They had to bring the grapes back to the city to produce the wine, as the finished product would not be able to survive the long journey.

In 1920, prohibition ended the family’s successful wine store. Already in his old age and adamant that they wouldn’t do anything illegal, Vittorio shuttered the business. He planned to restart it after the inevitable end of prohibition. Unfortunately, they didn’t expect the law to last for 13 years. By the time prohibition was lifted, the family had moved on to other businesses, and V. Sattui Winery remained dormant for more than fifty years until Dario Sattui opened the current St. Helena winery in 1975. We owe much of today’s success to the resilience and dedication of the generations that came before us, as the La Merica blend literally wouldn’t have been possible without them!

15 YEAR OLD PORT 

One of the most unique bottle designs on our roster belongs to the 15 Year Old Port, a tawny port aged in small oak casks for a minimum of 15 years. We work with a company called Bergin Glass for all our screen-printed bottles. Their lead designer and our personal friend, Brad Canfield, tackled the design of this package from start to finish. The 15 Year Old Port is layered and complex with a graceful texture.

With this in mind, we selected a 500mL bottle with a slightly tapered body to visually represent its refined expression. For the label, we had initially considered a black-on-black option. It would use different textures and mixture of matte and gloss finishes for the lettering and background. Ultimately, the white stamped print on the black bottle with the name reversed in style won out in the end. It’s bold tapered lettering stamped on the feminine frame of the bottle, topped with dripping black wax made for a classic look that is both eye-catching and exciting!

So why discuss our design choices? Plenty of people choose which wine to gift or serve during the holidays based on the label art. Now that you know the inspiration and stories behind the labels of some of our iconic bottle art, we hope you will choose to share our wine – and our stories – with your friends and family this year!