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Magnums: The Ultimate “Party Size” and Much More!

Bigger is better in more ways than one.

Learn why from one of our long-time wine experts, Chris Rota, who has been with V. Sattui for over 25 years.

At the supermarket, we have all become accustomed to larger packaging and the psychology attached, such as “Jumbo Pack” or “Value Pack” or “Sharing Size”. Every potato or corn chip offers a package touting the moniker “Party Size”.

When it comes to the world of wine, nothing says party like Champagne, and producers have been marketing party sizes for over 150 years naming them after Biblical kings, such as Methuselah or Balthazar. The largest size would be a Nebuchadnezzar (20 Bottles) which was named after the King of Babylon. However, a few houses produced even larger sizes such as the Solomon and the mighty Melchizedek (40 bottles). I think the latter comes packed with a crane. By and large, when one of these monsters entered a room, guests would fall silent. That said, these massive bottles of sparkling were made specifically for show. No fermentation ever occurred in a monster bottle; rather, completed Champagne in 750ml bottles were carefully poured in and corked.

In wine, size is much more than just volume…

Besides looking impressive and creating great focal points in a cellar, bottles larger than 750ml actually store and age their contents better and longer. This dimension transcends by far “the life of the party”. It emphasizes the concept of placing a skin around a volume of wine, be it wood, steel, or glass, and it takes on its own life i.e., development and aging trajectory.

Perhaps it’s the ratio of oxygen in the ullage of a bottle (space between cork and fluid) and how it assimilates into the wine as well as how it reduces in the wine over time. Bottle aging is really a process of reduction in which molecular chains become longer, softening tannins, and creating complexity (read wisdom and grace). Depending on the quality of a given vintage, one can age 2 or 5 years, even a decade longer in larger vessels.

Here are the standard large formats wine packages:

                                                                  750ml equivalent

Magnum                            1.5 Liters         2 Bottles

Double Magnum              3 Liters            4 Bottles

Imperial                             6 Liters            8 Bottles

Nebuchadnezzar              15 Liters          20 Bottles

Magnums

Of all the bottle sizes, the Magnum performs the best over time, and nobody can really explain this phenomenon.  It’s akin to how the best olives come from trees with multiple trunks. Nobody knows why, but that’s the way olive growers train their trees. I have personally experienced this and ironically it was at a party. V. Sattui Winery, where I have worked almost 25 years, throws the best parties in the Napa Valley. Unpretentious, yet filled with grace, style, food, and fun; these events are nothing short of magical. During this particular soiree, one of the venues of the evening was to feature library wines and I happened to be pouring a 2002 Suzanne’s Vineyard (now Vittorio’s Vineyard) Cabernet. It was a high point of the party and as fate would have it, we ran out at the height of the evening.  As lines and disappointment continued to grow, I had to do something; so, I brought in some magnums of the same wine. The fruit was still very much intact yet highlighted in the backdrop of sophistication that can only come from age. It was utterly amazing, and it reminded me of the wedding feast of Cana where the steward said, “Why did we serve the best wine so late in the party?”

Life of the Part: V. Sattui Magnums

I suspect some ideas are fomenting here. Anytime you have an age-worthy wine that you intend to lay down, particularly from a stellar vintage, I think you should anchor that inventory with 4 to 6 magnums. This, of course, will extend your enjoyment of a favorite wine and/or vintage. When you are sharing one of those 750ml treasures with special friends and guests (i.e. those who know and appreciate wine) or when you and your guests are tasting through a vertical of vintages; do the following. Compare that gem with a magnum of the same wine as an eye (and palate) opener. Or select the best vintage of a vertical and punctuate the string years with that magnum. Be prepared for gasps and swoons.

Decant your large format wines.

Of course, a magnum of great wine will always dazzle a party. I recommend having decanters handy, as they are much easier to pour than the large bottles. Also, have the “Wine-of-the-Evening” magnum(s) on display for your guests’ anticipation of something special to soon be enjoyed. And if your occasion celebrates one of life’s precious hallmarks, consider using a large format bottle as the guest book at the reception.  Enjoy the empty, signed bottle as a sentimental memento from the event for years to come.

Giving “Big”

Magnums by their sheer size, weight, and presence, make impressive gifts for the Holidays and beyond. Be sure to check out our specially curated collection of Anniversary Magnums sporting Cabernet from our flagship vineyards, stellar vintages, from ready to cellar (2018) to exquisitely aged and at the zenith of their trajectory. Great gifts and great savings – not a bad combination.

Anniversary Celebration Magnums Sale.

But there’s more. While the overt size catches attention, what’s inside engages appreciation at a whole new level. Ultimately the collective, social message implied is loud and clear…

“Wine is always better when shared with friends.”


 

Give the Gift of V. Sattui this Holiday Season

V. Sattui Winery – Making Spirits Brighter Since 1885

It’s that time of the year again – gifting season! But not to worry, V. Sattui has you covered for all things holiday. Our unique holiday gift boxes will have your friends and loved ones wanting more. There are even wine packs that will perfectly pair with your turkey and your roast! So whether you’re hosting the holiday meals this year, attending a holiday party or looking for a unique gift to put under the tree, you’ve come to the right place. The V. Sattui gift boxes have something for everyone – each wine a unique personality. And no matter what holiday you celebrate, we hope you enjoy them with those you love!

“For the Bird” – Turkey Holiday 4-pack

Turkey day is right around the corner, that means it’s time to stock up on your V. Sattui wine to pair with that big, juicy bird! These four wines are guaranteed to make your mouth water just as much as your meal will. For a value of $124, you can get the 2015 Sonoma County Chardonnay, 2016 Gamay Rouge, 2015 Bacci Red Blend, and the 2017 Moscato “Frizzante” for only $89. There’s a wine for each part of the night to share with family and friends. Gobble gobble!  

“For the Roast” – Roast Holiday 4-pack

Let’s talk about the holiday roast. For some, it’s the most important meal of the year. Mom, Grandma and the kids running around the kitchen, preparing the holiday meal for the entire family. That can be a lot of stress and pressure, but we’re here to help! With the V. Sattui Roast Holiday 4-pack, you can unwind and enjoy time with the family before, during, and after the meal. For only $99, enjoy the 2016 Carsi Vineyard Chardonnay, 2016 Dry Riesling, 2014 Grenache, 2016 Sattui Family Pinot Noir – a $143 value! If that isn’t a holiday deal, we aren’t sure what is.

“Oh, Sweet Madeira”

Let’s start with something sweet for the sweetest time of the year! The “Oh, Sweet Madeira” gift box comes with our toasted caramel flavored solera-style Madeira port wine, Vittorio selection chocolates for a perfect pairing, a Madeira magnet, and V. Sattui branded port glasses. Once this hand-picked gift box is opened, all that’s left to do is sit around your perfectly decorated tree and dessert is served!

Corporate Gifting

Share the V. Sattui experience and give the gift of 20, 50, 200 or more of our holiday gift boxes or wine packs with your colleagues, clients and everyone on your list. No need to stress over getting everyone on your nice list the perfect gifts in time for the holidays. All you need to do is send us your list, define your budget, let us know any preferences and we will do the rest – it’s that simple. Contact our gift department for personal assistance at (707) 286-7228 or email us at gift@vsattui.com.

Cheers!

This gift box will have you saying cheers all season long! What better way to celebrate the holidays with your closest family and friends than with a bottle of V. Sattui’s Cuvée Rouge or the Prestige Cuvée? This set also comes with a V. Sattui Cabernet dark chocolate truffle bar, CiCi vanilla sprinkle cookies, and branded Champagne flutes. Pair all of these delicious treats while lighting the Menorah, hanging ornaments on the tree, or ringing in the New Year. Cheers!

I’d Rather Be In Napa

This one is for all the charcuterie lovers out there. With the I’d Rather Be In Napa gift box you can choose from six different V. Sattui wines to include. You can even choose one of each and bring Napa to your friends! Also included is a V. Sattui branded vino cutting board, Beemster Dutch cheese, BelleVitano Merlot cheese, Molinari salumi, Marcona almonds, a cheese knife, V. Sattui’s smoky mustard, and La Panzanella mini original crackers. Voilà — Napa in a box!

Yay For Gamay!

If you don’t say it already, this gift box will have you shouting “Yay for Gamay” on the daily, so why not have your friends and family saying it too? Let’s say it all season long! Our fan-favorite fruity Gamay Rouge Rosé is the perfect addition for all of your holiday occasions. Whether you’re helping mom cook dinner or just relaxing with family and friends, this gift box is deliciously sweet and simply satisfying. It’s also a great gift for the host or hostess! Also included are two copper V. Sattui branded wine cups with lids so you can use them on-the-go for all of your holiday festivities.

Custom Gift Tags

We all know how hectic the holiday season is – between company parties, family dinners, and last-minute gift shopping, it’s a whirlwind. Our customizable wine tags are perfect for making gift-giving easier for you and personal for them! Stick a logo on your tags and you have a great company party favor. Tell grandma and grandpa how much you love them and hang a lovely note on their favorite bottle. Or simply order a case of V. Sattui wines along with a set of 12 tags and you instantly have holiday gifts for all your friends or neighbors! Just add these to your wine purchases at checkout with your desired saying or logo and you can cross your holiday gifts off the shopping list in a few short clicks.

On top of all the holiday offerings we just listed above, we have even more to choose fromWe just couldn’t fit them all into one blog. We guarantee you’ll find the perfect gift for your parents, co-workers, boss, family, and friends this holiday season. Put a smile on your loved one’s face and give the gift of V. Sattui wine. Happy holidays!