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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.”


 

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