Small Things Brought Together – V. Sattui in the Time of a Pandemic

One of the hardest days in recent memory was the day we shut down due to COVID-19.

Everything happened so quickly. We went from going full-steam ahead – planning for upcoming weddings, preparing for Lobster Fest, and starting to hire for the busy season – to completely closing our tasting room and grounds, canceling or postponing all events, and transitioning into an online-and-phone-only business model for the foreseeable future…. within a week and a half. We were fortunate to be categorized as an “essential business” (because the grapes keep growing regardless of what else is going on in the world), but though we have kept the gears turning, this transition came with massive changes in how our business operates.

Instead of conducting tastings in person, we started offering “La Vita del Vino” private virtual tastings, where we ship pre-selected packs to all participants and then guide them through a tasting over Zoom.

Instead of welcoming guests to our grounds and making those personal connections face-to-face, we began doing Facebook Live Happy Hours on Fridays at 3 PM PST to stay in touch with our fans and continue to provide the fun, friendly vibe that we’re known for.

Instead of selling wine and food to visitors on-site, we set up never-before-seen shipping savings and wine discounts on the website and through our Outbound Hospitality department to make it as easy as possible for our customers to enjoy V. Sattui at home.

Instead of letting go of all the staff whose departments were no longer operating, our existing employees stepped up to take on challenges outside their comfort zones (and job descriptions) to help the winery: Our Director of Winery Events and our Director of Weddings and Event Management became customer service reps to help the admin team field the increased calls and provide online assistance through the new chat feature on the website, while still communicating with corporations and engaged couples to reschedule their events for when we reopen; our Staff Accountant and Marketing and Promotions Manager stepped in to help run the Wine Club; our Tasting Room Manager utilized his construction roots to strip and re-stain the entire Tasting Room with the help of some of his team; our Tour Manager and Event Operations Manager went to the phones and began calling out for wine sales; furloughed staff came back to work our bottling line (with full masks and gloves to ensure the safety of themselves and our product); and our support staff – who would normally be packing to-go orders in the stock room – built and varnished brand new picnic tables and made a multitude of improvements around the grounds.

Wedding Director Alison Janigian rocking online chat and customer service while on hold with weddings.
Wedding Director Alison Janigian rocking online chat and customer service while on hold with weddings.
Group Events Director Monica Flick fielding customer service calls, online chat, and assisting with Futures.
Group Events Director Monica Flick fielding customer service calls, online chat, and assisting with Futures.

Even our President, Tom Davies, got his first weekend off in decades because there was no one here for him to greet and host.

Through it all, we watched the rest of the world try to cope with the same hardships. Between the shutdowns, the layoffs, the shelter-in-place orders, the tears, the reorganizations, the personal struggles, and adjusting to the “new normal” that happened in the blink of an eye… we also saw the best of people – we have been humbled and inspired by our friends, family, and fans who have proven that in times of need, they are here for us. We could not be more grateful for the outpouring of support we’ve received since mid-March and we continue to appreciate all the love that’s been shown to us.

As other organizations have reached out asking for assistance, we have shared that love and answered the call. Our team has been volunteering to do deliveries for Meals on Wheels throughout the Napa Valley, bringing much-needed food to some of the most vulnerable members of our community. We have also donated lunches to COVID-testers working at the Veteran’s Home in Yountville. And as other opportunities to give back arise, we continue to expand our outreach and do what we can to help our neighbors and friends during these unsettling times.

We are now entering the third month since the shutdown, cautiously optimistic as we slowly open different parts of the winery as conditions allow.  We started offering wine pick-ups and “food to go” from our Food Truck in early May and have graduated to opening the Deli & Marketplace for food and wine sales (check our website for the most current hours of operation) – with appropriate safety measures in place, of course. However, with little idea of when we will be able to reopen for tastings and events, we continue to take this crisis day-by-day, as does everyone else.

We are more “in the same boat” with the rest of the world than ever before, and though these difficult circumstances continue to test our patience, resolve, and grit – we are so proud of our community, our staff, our incredibly loyal customers, and the people who continue to put their lives at risk to support those who need it. As Vincent Van Gogh said, “Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.” We will continue to strive for great things through the small actions of helping each other, being flexible, having compassion… and drinking a glass of wine at the end of the day. Until this pandemic is behind us, we wish everyone good health, and look forward to seeing you back at the winery soon!

I’ve Got 99 Problems… but a Bitchin’ Cab Ain’t One!

You’ve heard it before, from everyone: “Cabernet is the king of varietals in the Napa Valley!” Yes, we know.

And it’s true – some of the best Cabernets in the world have been grown and produced right here in this miraculous 30-mile sliver of land between the Mayacamas and Vaca mountain ranges. Where exactly the right soils and climates came together to create one of the most impressive wine-growing regions on Earth.

Don’t get us wrong, there isn’t anything we love more than a beautiful, well-crafted Cabernet – it’s art in a glass, after all. However, there’s a pervasive idea that quality Cabernets must be experienced in some garishly ostentatious tasting room or cave. Where the furnishings cost more than a modern college education (which many of us are still paying off, btw), and a semi-retired Boomer named Milton or Karen waxes poetic about the terroir and the blend and the aging that makes the wine so exquisite, using contradictory terms to highlight the unfathomable virtuosity of the winemaker (“It’s masculine, yet feminine! Brash, yet soft-spoken!”) – it all gets a little… pretentious.

There, we said it.

Look, at V. Sattui Winery, we know and love our wine, yet even with something as commanding and delicious as Napa Valley Cabernet, we prefer to keep it a little more down to Earth. A little more BLAM and a little less je ne sais quoi. We know the elements that come together in an incredible wine work in harmony to create a story – a snapshot of a time, a place, and a history. Regardless of whether you’re “supposed” to smell toasted leather baked in brie on the nose, or taste olallieberry liquor upon the long, lingering finish, at the end of the day – it’s wine. It tastes good. It can get you buzzed. It’s meant to be enjoyed with company.

So sit back and relax, because we want to tell you about four of our favorite Cabernets that set the standard for perfectly made wines (we’re not just saying that either. These wines get rated just as highly by professional wine critics as the “ephemeral yet robust” ones.). Plus, they don’t require a dress code or a $3,000 decanter to enjoy.

They’re Big. They’re Bold. And They’re BITCHIN’.

PRESTON VINEYARD CABERNET SAUVIGNON

94 Points and Gold – American Fine Wine Competition

Gold Medal – SF Chronicle Wine Competition

91 Points – Monterey Wine Competition

90 Points – Critics Challenge Int’l Wine Competition

90 Points – San Francisco Int’l Wine Competition

92 Points – Sommelier Challenge

90 Points – Wine Enthusiast

(See? Told you the critics love our stuff.)

Our very first single-vineyard designate wine came from this illustrious 28-acre vineyard in Rutherford in 1976. That’s right…the same year as the famous Judgement of Paris that put Napa Valley wines on the map (if you’re not familiar with the story, check out the NPR article here for the best, most accurate telling…or check out the movie Bottleshock for the Hollywood-ized not-completely-accurate-but-very-entertaining version with Alan Rickman, Bill Pullman, and Chris Pine).

The current release of this noteworthy Cabernet was harvested in 2015, which was the last year of the drought in California (2012-2015). Because of that, yields in the vineyard were low but the quality of the fruit was incredibly good, giving this wine an impressive amount of potency and complexity in addition to the beautiful layers and flavors imparted by the terroir of this exquisite location. Wedged between Highway 29 and the Napa River, this Rutherford vineyard contains alluvial soils washed down over millennia from Mount St. John creating a unique layering of weathered rock and gravel mixed with clay. The vines are over 40 years old, contributing to the deep, ruby-black color and delectable richness in this flagship Cabernet, with earthy tobacco, refined blackberry notes, and sculpted tannins that cling to your tongue.

For us, this is the perfect “impress your in-laws” wine – you can use all the big, flowery words if you want to, but the most important thing is that it will pair beautifully with any grilled red meat or grilled Portobello mushrooms if you’re not the meat-eating type.

MT. VEEDER Estate CABERNET SAUVIGNON

Best of Class & 93 Points & Gold – Los Angeles International Wine Competition

93 Points – James Suckling

92 Points and 2 puffs – Connoisseurs’ Guide

92 Points – CA Grapevine

91 Points & Gold – Monterey Wine Competition

90 Points – Wine Enthusiast

Double Gold – SF Chronicle Wine Competition

Gold – SF Int’l Wine Competition

The struggle is REAL when it comes to making mountain-grown wines.

It’s tough on the growers: the vines are difficult to plant and difficult to farm; the yields are much lower than a typical vineyard; the growing season is often considerably longer due to warmer nights and cooler days, which means more time tending to the plants. It’s tough on the vines, too!  As elevation increases, sunlight becomes more concentrated and the grapes develop a deeper pigment; they mature and ripen slowly because they are above the fog line and get earlier sun; and the rocky soils provide just enough nutrients to survive, and little more. Because of all the added stress, fruit from this appellation produces a wine with greater intensity of flavors and aromas – more depth, more notes, more balance, more structure and complexity…with mountain grapes, you just get MORE.

On top of the enhanced flavors and textures, mountain wine is heathier – there is growing evidence that red wines grown at higher elevations possess more antioxidants like resveratrol, a naturally-occurring polyphenol antioxidant that the plant produces in response to natural UV-sunlight (that’s right, we just hit you with some science!).

We think our Mt. Veeder Cabernet is one of the best Cabs in Napa – it’s delicious, it’s healthy, and it’s a testament to the expertise and dedication of our vineyard workers! And once again – the critics agree.

VITTORIO’S VINEYARD Estate CABERNET SAUVIGNON

90 Points & Gold – Winemaker Challenge

91 Points – CA Grapevine

90 Points & Gold – Monterey Wine Competition

91 Points & 2 Puffs – Connoisseurs’ Guide

There’s no place like home! And you can’t get much closer to home than Vittorio’s Vineyard, which is directly adjacent to our winery in St. Helena. Named in honor of Dario Sattui’s great-grandfather, who founded the original V. Sattui Winery in San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood in 1885, it is our original vineyard property. 

This is often the first Cabernet vineyard that we harvest each year, as the soil is gravelly and well-drained which promotes early ripening. It’s one of our “greenest” estate vineyards as well! We’ve been farming this vineyard organically since 2009, and it was officially certified as “Organically Farmed” by the CCOF in 2012. We’re pretty darn proud of this vineyard and particularly enjoy the luxury of touring it every day, observing its life cycle and sharing the experience with our members and tour guests.

Cabernet from this vineyard, in addition to being sentimental, is downright scrumptious and a wonderful addition to any event or evening! It is more feminine and elegant in its character than our bigger Cabs because the climate in St. Helena is a bit more forgiving on the vines.  Plus, it tastes like cherries and dark chocolate with hints of spicy clove. What’s not to love?!

MORISOLI VINEYARD CABERNET SAUVIGNON

Wine of the Year, Best Cabernet, & 97 Points – Monterey Wine Competition

94 Points & Double Gold – American Fine Wine Competition

94 Points – James Suckling

92 Points – California Grapevine

92 Points – Wine Spectator

91 Points & Gold Medal – Winemaker Challenge

90 Points – Wine Enthusiast

The Morisoli Vineyard Cab holds a spot near and dear to our heart. Since 1994, V. Sattui has been sourcing exceptional fruit from this tiny vineyard, located in the heart of the Rutherford Bench on the western Napa Valley floor. Owned by Gary and Melody Morisoli, it is on-par with other famous nearby vineyards like Inglenook and Scarecrow, and it’s been farmed the same way for five generations; by hand and with old reliable tractors. The oldest section of the Morisoli Vineyard was originally planted in the 1880s, and that section of the vineyard survived prohibition by having its grapes sold for sacramental wine to the Christian Brothers Winery.  Suffice to say, this vineyard has history – and lots of it!

Not only is it historically fascinating, it has consistently produced stellar Cabernets that embody the quintessential flavors and textures of “Rutherford Dust”, a unique characteristic in the wine that is caused by the deeper soils and microclimates in Rutherford which encourage longer growing seasons. This extra time on the vine smooths out the tannins and gives the finished product a powdery “fine dusty tannin” effect with hints of plump cocoa powder. SO MUCH YUM! And there’s more good news: the vineyard is almost entirely organic. No herbicides are ever applied. It’s no wonder that this Fab Cab is often claimed as our employees’ favorite!

As you can see, we adore these big, bold, beauties that tantalize the taste buds and inspire the imagination. They’re enjoyed by well-honed critics and occasional indulgers alike, as well as everyone in between. Most importantly, these wines convey an experience that can only be found in a finely made wine, and especially in Napa Valley Cabernets.

What’s YOUR favorite Bitchin’ V. Sattui Cab?

 

 

Harvest and Crush at V. Sattui

September brings the most wonderful (and fruitful) time of the year for us here at V. Sattui. It’s a month that we can finally spend reaping the benefits of all the hard work we put into protecting our land and vines year-round. This year, our first varietal harvested was Muscat from Solano County. The fruit arrived on August 28th and was blessed by Winemaker, Brooks Painter, along with the winemaking team, officially kicking off the 2019 harvest!

Witness V. Sattui Harvest First-Hand

One of the main things that makes a visit to V. Sattui so special is a front-row seat to all of the harvest action. If you arrive early enough throughout the harvest season, you can witness crush and all of the hard work that goes into making your favorite V. Sattui wines! This includes watching as our team loads the press and later in the season, the destemmer. The production staff absolutely loves educating visitors about the production process, so if you come prepared with questions you may walk away with more than just a bottle (or case) of wine from your visit to the winery.  Those choosing to taste wine at any of our wine bars can expect to sample freshly picked fruit from that morning’s harvest.

The best part? Experiencing all of this first-hand is free of charge. There’s no fee to be front and center to this amazing time of year at V. Sattui, so take advantage of Napa Valley in its peak season.

Crush Party at V. Sattui

If you’re looking for even more hands-on harvest action, look no further than our annual Crush Party! On October 5th, go behind the scenes and experience what it’s like to work at a winery. Go back in time and experience an old-fashioned grape stomp, taste wine straight from the barrels, and meet our growers and winemakers. On top of all that action, you’ll have the opportunity to taste over 45 V. Sattui wines, romp around the property from our production-fermentation floor and crush pad to the underground cellars and caves, and Vittorio’s Vineyard and the Vittorio Tasting room. Don’t worry, we wouldn’t think of hosting such an epic event without feeding you! In addition to all the fun that comes along with Crush, a menu of foods from our live-fire Tuscan grill and wood-fired pizza ovens will be provided, along with live music performed by Papa Joe & The New Deal.

Fruit from the 2019 harvest is predicted to be exceptional in quality, taste, and quantity. We look forward to sharing this vintage with you in the future and are excited to see you all at V. Sattui during this fantastic time of year. Visit us soon to experience all the harvest action with a taste of our award-winning wines in hand.

Introducing the 2018 Rutherford Dust-Up & the 2018 VanGone Cabernet Sauvignon

The future of allocated V. Sattui wines

Step into the future with us — We are excited to announce two future additions to the V. Sattui top-tier wine family! Introducing the 2018 Rutherford Dust-Up and the 2018 VanGone Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignons, a pair of gorgeous futures made with fruit from some of Napa Valley’s highest-quality vineyards and available only to V. Sattui’s top-tier members. What makes these wines so special? We’re here to tell you!

2018 Rutherford Dust-Up

 

From the Rutherford AVA comes one of the finest blends of Cabernet, our 2018 Rutherford Dust-Up. Made with fruit from two of the most prized vineyards in the Rutherford viticultural area, this Cabernet boasts the classic, deliciously noticeable “Rutherford dust” characteristics that grapes from this famous AVA are known for. 

On the nose, this wine expresses rich complexity followed by dark fruit flavors and hints of cocoa with a satisfying finish that lasts right into the next sip. Enjoy this wine with a classic steak and vegetable meal, or pair it with dark chocolate for a decadent dessert. We are only producing 168 cases of this beauty, so throw your hat in the ring while you can to taste what’s sure is to be one of the best Cabernets of the 2018 vintage.

2018 Vangone Vineyard

 

From a stand-alone single-vineyard perched on top of a narrow eastern bench high above Napa Valley comes the V. Sattui 2018 Vangone Vineyard Cabernet. Named the Vangone Vineyard because it came with an old, abandoned van that the owners could not get rid of, the grapes grown on this 20-acre lot are special. We are ecstatic to share the first solo-bottling of wine from this vineyard with the V. Sattui family. 

This wine is a new and unique 100% Cabernet Sauvignon that exhibits an inky black color in your glass with cassis, floral, blueberry, and spicy aromas. Fully-ripened and sculpted tannins follow on the palate along with intense Cabernet fruit flavors and characteristics. The magic number of cases for this exclusive future wine is 55. This is a special wine with a story behind it that you won’t soon forget. 

Futures

Every year, when a new vintage is still in the barrel, we allocate a small percentage, usually about 15%, to future purchases. This means that while the wine is still aging, even before it’s bottled, you can purchase it by the case with a 50% deposit and at a reduced pre-release price! Not only does buying futures lock in a lower price than when the wine is eventually available to the public, but it also includes visiting V. Sattui and tasting your future wines as they age and develop. Be a part of the future of V. Sattui Winery for years to come and get your hands on these wines and more!  

Both of these coveted future V. Sattui Cabernet Sauvignons, dressed in their own exquisite packaging, will be available for purchase as finished wines by Gold Club Members and up. Expect the just-bottled 2017 Rutherford Dust-Up Cabernet to be released late in 2020 or early 2021. Join the club today to receive not only access to some of the best wines in the valley, but also 20% off older vintage wines, complimentary tastings, barrel samplings, tours, invitations to exclusive V. Sattui events, and more. What are you waiting for? Join the family today!

It’s good to be a member.

Top Three Reasons to Visit V. Sattui Winery

If you’re planning on spending a weekend, or even a full week in Napa Valley’s world-renowned wine country, a stop you simply can not leave off your list is V. Sattui Winery. As one of the first original 46 wineries in The Valley, V. Sattui is the perfect place to get a classic Napa Valley wine experience with a modern flair. We like to think of ourselves as the quintessential wine country experience. Not only will you taste award-winning, highly-acclaimed wines, but you’ll also be able to grab lunch or dinner, and enjoy glorious picnic grounds with beautiful vineyard views. Although there are endless reasons, we’ll leave you with the top three reasons to visit V. Sattui Winery, we’ll leave you with the top three. 

Introducing the V. Sattui Food Truck

The newest addition to the V. Sattui family comes on four wheels! From 11:30 am to 4:00 pm on Saturdays and Sundays, you can find the V. Sattui food truck parked near our picnic grounds and serving up delicious dishes. Grab a bottle after your tour and tasting and mosey up to the food truck window to satisfy your lunch cravings. This summer we’re serving up Italian-style thin-crust pizzas made to order, along with BBQ ribs, tri-tip sandwiches, grilled salmon salads, and special Italian treats created by Michelin star Chef, Stefano Masanti including his famous porchetta sandwich. Grab a quick bite or stay awhile–either way, our new food truck is worth a visit!

Wine and Food Pairings

Staying in the realm of food, our second favorite reason to visit V. Sattui Winery is for our wine and food pairings! Experience artfully crafted, flavorful bites specifically designed to elevate the tastes and aromas of amazing V. Sattui wines. When you arrive you’ll be greeted with Prestige Cuvée and guided on a brief tour of our Estate Vineyard and production areas. You’ll then be seated in our exclusive barrel room to begin your wine and food pairing journey! One of our expert staff members will then present six wines and six sumptuous culinary creations and lead you on an educational food and wine adventure. Wine and food pairings change seasonally so you’ll always get the freshest and most appropriate options. The final summer wine and food pairing is Saturday, August 10, 2019. Reserve your spot today before it’s too late! Learn, love, drink, and eat! What more could you want from visiting a Napa Valley winery?

Upgraded Tours and Tastings

The third top reason to visit V. Sattui Winery is weekly upgraded tours and tastings! We provide an array of high-quality tastings and tours daily to fit every wine aficionado and group. Taste in our marketplace, the reserve tower, on our terrace, and if you’re a member, in the Cellar Club and Gold Room. 

Visit us during the week and enjoy room to roam and even more attention from our expert staff. If you’re looking for the classic Napa Valley experience, may we suggest the Reserve Tower Tasting and add the Sweet & Savory Sable Cookie Trio. Here you’ll bask in luxury and history in our iconic Tower Tasting Room while tasting our award-winning Single-Vineyard wines and older-vintage Cabernets. You can’t get any more Napa Valley than that! If you’re looking to spend some time outside, our Tour and Terrace Tasting is for you. During this experience, you’ll be guided on a 45-minute immersion into V. Sattui’s history and will learn about the Napa Valley Agricultural Preserve and what it means to be a responsible steward to the land. You’ll explore the Winery Estate and then take a seat on our private terrace overlooking Vittorio’s Vineyard. Enjoy five top-tier wines with the option to upgrade your experience with a cheese and charcuterie platter.

There you have it – the top three reasons to visit V. Sattui Winery! If you’re planning a trip to the Napa Valley, or are local to the area, see for yourself first-hand what we’re talking about. Hope to see you at the winery real soon!

Four Sips of Summer: The Newest V. Sattui Sensations

We’re embracing summer with open arms by presenting four special summer wine releases at V. Sattui Winery. Introducing…drum roll please… the 2017 Collina d’Oro Chardonnay, 2017 Collina d’Oro Pinot Noir, 2018 Rosato di Pinot Noir, and 2017 Rosato di Sangiovese! Sit back and cool off with these four delightfully expressive summer wines and get excited for what you have to look forward to during the warm summer nights ahead!

From our Newest Estate Vineyard!

In July of 2012, we purchased an abandoned apple orchard and embarked on a seven-year development plan with the hopes of producing world-class pinot and chardonnay. Finally, seven years later we are very excited to share these amazing wines from our first-ever estate vineyard in Sonoma County!

2017 Collina d’Oro Chardonnay

First up, brighten your day and stay refreshed by the pool with the 2017 Collina D’oro Chardonnay from our Collina d’Oro estate vineyard. This site was meant to grow Chardonnay as it’s tucked away in Sonoma County’s Russian River AVA where it receives a cool, coastal influence. Known as the “Gold Ridge,” this vineyard produces award-winning Chardonnay that we’re ecstatic to share with you! Enjoy green apple, lemon, pear, and vanilla aromas with a creamy, soft palate and crisp finish. The critics think highly of this one too!  This gem was voted BEST CHARDONNAY from both the Winemaker Challenge and Monterey Wine Competition.  Cheers to the Chardonnay of Summer 2019!

2017 Collina d’Oro Pinot Noir

Next, also from the Collina d’Oro estate, we have the mouthwatering 2017 Collina d’Oro Pinot Noir. Earning gold at the Winemaker Challenge, the SF Chronicle Wine Competition, and the San Diego Int’l Wine Competition, it makes sense that this beauty comes from a vineyard that’s name means “Hills of Gold” in Italian. Described as elegant, luscious, and gorgeously balanced, this Pinot Noir will satisfy those savory summer cravings. Experience aromas of ripe cherry, vanilla, hints of herbs, and black tea, along with a decadent, full mouthfeel topped off with silky tannins and a long-lasting finish. This new V. Sattui staple is one that will surely have you coming back for more.

2018 Rosato di Pinot Noir

Moving on to a more delicate side of Pinot Noir, we have the must-try 2018 Rosato di Pinot Noir. We wanted to produce the lightest and brightest Rosé of the summer, so we sourced the fruit for this exquisite wine from 100 percent cool-climate estate vineyards in Booneville (Anderson Valley) and Russian River (Sonoma County). Staying on the theme of elegance, this Provencal-style Rosé awakens your senses. It boasts notes of honeysuckle, fresh cherries, and apricot with a hint of rose petal, mint, and sandalwood perfume. Get your fruity and floral fix throughout the summer heat with sip after sip of this dry, smooth, and bright new release.

2017 Rosato di Sangiovese

Last, but definitely not least, is our 2017 Rosato di Sangiovese. Not an entirely new wine to the V. Sattui repertoire but a new vintage, this Mediterranean-style wine is made with 100 percent Sangiovese grapes primarily sourced from our Hibbard Ranch in the Carneros region of Napa Valley. Indulge in “la dolce vita,” the sweet life, while on the beach or by the pool with this dry, crisp, and graceful Rosé. Because this wine was cold fermented in 100 percent stainless steel, you experience the red cherry, ripe strawberry, and juicy watermelon aromatics of the grape. Taste the berry flavors bursting through your palate for yourself! This new vintage is a fantastic pair for a light summer lunch of mixed greens, fish, or chicken. 

We can’t wait for you to try these new summer wine releases! Whether you’re spending an afternoon with us at the winery for BBQ season, relaxing by the pool on a hot day, or plan on frequenting the closest beach, make sure you’ve stocked your cellars this summer with new and refreshing V. Sattui wines!

Five Tips for Winning the V. Sattui Uncork Spring Photo Contest

If you haven’t heard, our spring photo contest has started! Getting creative and having fun is the name of the game. This is the perfect opportunity to try out that fancy camera you bought for your vacation to Europe, to finally get some use out of that cool Polaroid camera, or to even try out portrait mode on an iPhone. The photo contest gives you a chance to win V. Sattui swag and, of course, bragging rights across Napa Valley. Make it a friendly competition between you and your squad, significant other, or family. First place gets you a VSW Wine Tote Bag complete with picnic accessories AND two Go-Vino glasses ($110 value). Second place will receive a VSW Circo Cheese Board with tools ($40 value), and the third place winner will get a VSW VacuVin Wine Chiller ($25 value). Feeling inspired yet? Here are our top five tips for taking the perfect photo for our Uncork Spring Photo Contest!

Make it Golden

The hour before sunset, also known as “golden hour,” is the prime time to get a majestic photo. Think about all of the gorgeous scenic overlooks, parks, and vineyards in the area you could visit to capture the beginning of a brilliant sunset. The Grape Crusher is a perfect example of a place to photograph during this magical hour. Play with some creative angles – maybe you want to focus on the vast, gorgeous sky, or even a bottle of your favorite V. Sattui wine held up in the foreground. Just remember, lighting is everything.

Au Naturale

Since lighting is everything, don’t stray away from natural light. Natural light makes every shot more attractive – especially food and wine. A great way to make use of natural light indoors is setting up near a window and shooting the photo in the opposite direction of the light source. This avoids backlight and basks your subject in the most natural light. This tactic will work best in our luxurious tower tasting room. Capture the essence of an exclusive, cozy wine tasting experience with added fresh spring touches. Another premiere, well-lit spot on the V. Sattui property is our terrace. With a view of the vineyards and gorgeous spring greenery, you’ll only have to put in minimum work to shoot a winning photo here. The natural light is perfect.

Bring in the Props

Complement your photo with objects that foster storytelling. Shooting at The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone? Stop by the bakery first, then snap a shot holding a coffee with the building in the background. Planning on shooting at V. Sattui? Grab some meats, cheeses, and a bottle of wine and set up the perfect picnic – basket, checkered table cloth, and all. Props not only add layers to a photo but also help it tell a story.

Apps > Filters

Try using savvy apps made specifically for photo editing instead of a filter. If you have a newer iPhone, portrait mode is a handy way to make something ordinary look artsy. In apps like Snapseed and Afterlight, you can even take a photo in the app and edit it immediately afterward. These apps allow you to enhance the photos you take rather than cover them up, which is sometimes the consequence of using heavy filters.

Tell a Story

The most compelling photos convey emotion and tell a story to the viewer. Don’t be afraid to present uncommon elements in your photos that communicate your unique perspective. The way you see the world isn’t the way everyone else does, take advantage of that! Welcome the fog, don’t shy away from rain, and embrace authenticity.

This is where our help comes to an end, the rest is up to you. By now you should be an expert on how to capture the best spring photo and are more than capable of showing off those newly found photography skills! Remember, the V. Sattui Spring Photo Contest ends June 15 at 11:59 p.m, so submit your best work before the time runs out. Winners will be chosen based on a combination of creativity, artistic composition, and the number of public votes. Everyone who enters will not only have a chance to win swag, but also the opportunity to be featured on our social media!

You now have the perfect excuse to pay us a visit this season. At V. Sattui, we offer a variety of experiences making it the perfect setting for spring photos. We look forward to seeing your beautiful, well-lit faces on the property very soon.

V. Sattui Winery: Uncork Spring 2018 Photo Contest

Hello, spring! On March 20th, we’re celebrating the start of better weather with the launch of our Uncork Spring 2018 photo contest. Uncork, snap, and submit your best V. Sattui spring-themed photo for a chance to win V. Sattui swag. Three lucky winners will be chosen based on a combination of creativity, artistic composition, and the number of public votes for the photo. See official rules for all details. This is your complete guide to the V. Sattui Uncork Spring 2018 photo contest on Facebook.

HOW TO ENTER

To enter the photo contest, follow these few easy steps:

  1. Visit V. Sattui Winery in Saint Helena and take a photo or travel back in time and select a photo from the good ol’ days.
  2. Visit V. Sattui’s Facebook page (like & follow if you haven’t already!) and click on the post pinned to the top of the page. This will take you to the submissions page.
  3. Submit your spring photo along with a caption.
  4. Share your entry and encourage people to vote for your photo.
  5. Visit the photo gallery and vote for your favorite picture (one vote per day is allowed).

All contestants must be 21 years or older to enter. No purchase of V. Sattui wine is required to enter. You may only enter the photo contest once, but don’t worry, there will be more contests to come!

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WINNER SELECTION AND NOTIFICATION

Submissions will be judged on a 100-point scale as follows:

  • Creativity (50)
  • Votes and social engagement (25)
  • Composition and artistic quality (25)

The top three photos with the most points win. Contest ends April 10, 2018, at 11:59 PST.

Winners will be notified by email. If a potential winner cannot be contacted or does not respond within two days of being notified, an alternate potential winner will be selected. Winners will be announced on the V. Sattui Winery Facebook page. See official rules for all details.

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CONTEST PRIZES

Three lucky winners will receive the following:

1st place: V. Sattui Sonoma-Wine & Picnic Tote ($125 value)

2nd place: V. Sattui Crystal Bordeaux Glasses by Viski ($35 value)

3rd place: V.Sattui Brie Board Set ($22 value)

 

Thank you for participating and good luck!

We’ll see you on Facebook!

 

 

The Future is Now

Purchase a wine future and invest in the future of your cellar.

 

Futures, sometimes referred to as En Primeur, is a method of purchasing wine while it’s still in the barrel. It’s a concept that was created over 200 years ago to allow estates to sell wine to industry professionals before being bottled, and to help fund production expenses for the following year. It wasn’t until the late 20th century that wineries started offering the service to the public — now a sought-after springtime tradition in wine country.

Why buy Futures? WINE not?! While there are several reasons why you should invest, we’ll keep it short with our top five.

1. Price

If you’re serious about wine, buying futures is a great way to invest in highly desired wine at a very attractive price. Wine becomes more valuable as it ages, so naturally buying it in the early stages means paying the lowest price for treasured bottles. With our Futures program, if you’re convinced that a particular wine is destined for greatness, you may purchase it by placing a 50% deposit and automatically locking in a lower pre-release price.  

2. Allocation

Did you know V. Sattui was one of the first wineries to offer a future program? While V. Sattui produces a wide variety of wines, each production is made in small batches and we have been known to sell out of wines.  Securing Wine Futures secures your allocation of that wine – in addition to benefiting from the pre-release price.

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2. Barrel Tastings

If you need another excuse to go wine tasting, this is it! Our annual Barrel Tasting & New Release Party allows you to be one of the first to taste the new 2017 vintage straight from the barrel. The white wines are bursting with fresh varietal aromas and the reds are deep in color with a firm tannin structure. And what’s a party without great food and live music? Dance the night away to sounds of the Sharp Five Jazz Band and enjoy an array of delicious food to compliment the wine. The fun doesn’t end there! Visit the V. Sattui Cellar Club throughout the year to taste your future as it matures and develops in the barrel.

RSVP today!

3. Special occasions

Whether enjoyed after a hard day’s work or in celebration, there is always a reason to enjoy a glass of wine, so why not invest in your favorite bottles? In fact, it is becoming increasingly common to buy futures in honor of an anniversary year, a child’s birth, or even a graduation.  

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4. Storage

So you ran out of room in your wine cellar? No worries, you’re wine still has a few years of aging to do. This means you will have plenty of time to make room and there is no need to stress over those last-minute shipments.

Want to get your hands on your favorite V. Sattui wine before it’s sold out? Our futures program is designed just for you!

Wine Country Fall Foliage Road Trip

Visit wine country—V. Sattui style!

 

Leaves are gently falling to the ground and the smell of harvest lingers in the crisp, autumn air—there’s no better time to visit the heart of California’s wine country than right now. As if the fall scenery isn’t enough, with no traffic and no tasting room lines, there’s more wine and good times waiting for you! We invite you to experience St. Helena and the greater Napa Valley, V. Sattui style. We’ll make traveling and deciding where to go easy with our itinerary featuring the top places to eat, sip, sleep, and enjoy.

Make it a weekend getaway

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With over 400 wineries in Napa Valley, handfuls of delectable restaurants, and endless fun activities, why not stay the night? St. Helena offers a wide variety of lodging options, ranging from charming B&Bs to luxury resorts—there’s something for every occasion.

Wydown Hotel

Wind down at the contemporary, cozy Wydown Hotel centrally located on Main Street in downtown St. Helena. Explore nearby stores and restaurants or relax in the complimentary luxury health spa, equipped with a yoga studio, signature Harvest mud bath, and more.

For more suggestions and a complete listing, visit our website.

Eats

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Hungry? Check out some of our go-to spots. Whether you are in between wine tasting reservations or just looking for a tasty night out on the town, we’ve got you covered!

Model Bakery

Wake up and smell the coffee! Follow your nose to a town favorite, Model bakery, famous for its wide variety of pastries and freshly baked bread. Want an insider’s tip? Treat yourself to a homemade English muffin— it’s mouth-wateringly delicious.

Market Restaurant

A wine industry go-to—Market restaurant embodies a true farm-to-table setting. Featuring local and seasonal produce, enjoy Napa’s culinary palate. Tip: Many neighboring eateries offer free corkage on V. Sattui wines, so be sure to ask!

Gott’s Roadside

Watch the town come alive as the iconic burger joint, Gott’s Roadside opens its doors for early lunch goers. Home to Robert Parker’s favorite hamburger, enjoy fresh salads, Ahi Poke tacos, hand-cut sweet potato fries, wine by the glass, and more.

Goose and Gander

A wine country hangout for impeccable craft cocktails and seasonal bar-bites served in their pub-like dining room or lush patio. Goose and Gander is a great spot for locals and visitors alike!

The Restaurant at Meadowood

A three-Michelin-star restaurant nestled in the small town of St. Helena, The Restaurant at Meadowood is the peak of wine country-chic showcasing local and sustainable California cuisine with a luxurious touch. Plan an elegant evening or enjoy a cocktail at sunset.

Bruschetteria Food Truck

Spin, sip, and savor! Whether you are looking for a quick bite on-the-go or gearing up for more wine tasting, the Bruschetteria Food Truck has just the thing. Located next to the Clif Family tasting room—this food truck is equipped with everything from espresso, bruschetta, rotisserie chicken, and seasonal sides ready to satisfy your every need.

Ready for more wine?

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We invite you to visit our winery in the town of St. Helena, right in the heart of Napa Valley. We have three Tasting Rooms to choose from, each offering friendly, knowledgeable service from our expert staff. We offer food and wine experiences that will get you thinking about wine and food in new and delicious ways.

Our Artisan Deli and Marketplace is the place to gather your ultimate Napa Valley picnic to pair with your wines. Or, when weather permits, enjoy our hot foods right off the grill and the wood-fired pizza oven during our Weekend BBQs. We also invite you to enjoy your new culinary finds on our 2 ½ acres of beautiful picnic grounds.

Castello di Amorosa

Head a little further north and you’ll arrive at our sister winery, Castello di Amorosa. A 13th-century inspired Tuscan castle created by Dario Sattui, owner of V. Sattui Winery, don’t miss your chance to take a tour and taste the wines.

Cabernet season launches in Napa Valley

When you say fall, we say Cab season! A wine region famous for its red wine, Cabernet season is the perfect time of year to visit Napa Valley and experience all it has to offer. Relish in the flavors of the region and relax while enjoying the seasonal scenery. An intriguing time of year, get out and explore the many opportunities that restaurants, wineries, and hotels provide in honor of Napa Valley Cab season.

Activities for the whole family

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Culinary Institute of America (CIA)

At the north end of St. Helena is the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, a prestigious culinary college that also offers demonstrations to the public. May we also suggest taking a wine class! From learning how to wine taste to discovering what makes the region’s terroir so unique—we like to call it “edu-tainment.”

Main Street

Stretch your legs with a stroll up and down Main Street. Home to a variety of delightful boutiques, the renowned artisan Woodhouse Chocolatier, and a dozen art galleries sure to capture your eye.

Cameo Cinema

Cap the evening with a film at the century-old Cameo Cinema, where owner Kathy Buck personally welcomes the audience to each screening. Enjoy the show!

Napa Valley and St. Helena are fun, delicious places to explore, and we encourage you to stay and play with us for as long as you can.

See you soon!

The Art of Blending

A vital step in the winemaking process, blending assures the final product will be balanced and layered with flavorful, aromatic, and textural complexities. At V. Sattui, this process is being brought to life on a regular basis with their blending seminar. Discover the art of blending and get ready for an experience of a lifetime!

What is blending? Exactly what it sounds like. A team of winemakers gathers during the winemaking process to blend various varietals. The reason? To determine which components to bring to the overall blend, and to ensure the stylistic goals and consistency that the wine consumer is looking for, and pull all the pieces together. More specifically, blending allows winemakers to: Create a recognizable house-style; minimize undesirable components; enhance desirable components; highlight a vineyard’s terroir; improve vintage consistency, and “up-blend” to enhance the wine uniqueness and overall high quality.

The possibilities with blending are endless, and the key is consistency.

How-to

 

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Grab your goggles and suit up, it’s time to play mad-scientist! While the art of blending wine does have a scientific approach, the rules are rather simple.

  1. Always have a goal in mind (ex. correcting a wine with too much tannin by blending in a lower tannin wine: or conversely, build intensity in a wine by using a blending component that adds to the structure and richness (for example Petite Verdot).
  2. Typically we blend wines of a similar type (Bordeaux with Bordeaux, Rhone with Rhone, etc.).
  3. By blending a high-quality wine with a weaker wine you can increase the quality of the lower wine, but what are you giving up in return? It is better to classify the components by quality and grade, and blend like-qualities.
  4. Begin blending in small quantities until you reach the desired outcome
  5. Take notes!

Once you think you have achieved the “ideal blend,” it’s time for the next step…

Blind Tasting

 

1After each winemaker puts together his or her sample blend, it’s time to taste test.

Why blind? Everyone’s palate is different, and whether we like to admit it or not, everyone is partial to their blend. A crucial moment in winemaking, it’s time to leave your ego behind. After multiple tasting rounds, discussing the good, the bad, and what might be missing, a unified sense of direction blossoms. After all, the goal is to make the wine the best it can be.

Once a decision and final blend are agreed upon, it’s back to the cellar. The barrels of wine have to be blended precisely the same way as in the lab.

Common Blends

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A common misconception that “blends” are of lesser quality is just that, a misunderstanding. To help you navigate the shelves, some of the most common blends include:

  1. Bordeaux

Arguably one of the most typical blends around the world; the red Bordeaux blend consists of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Malbec. Flavors vary depending on the area and proportion of grape varietals used in the blend. On the left bank, higher amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon are added, making the wine more structured with higher tannins. On the right bank, wineries will add more Merlot and Cabernet Franc for a softer, more supple wine which might require less aging.

  1. Meritage

A Bordeaux-style blend, Meritage blends are created from French varietals grown in the New World wine regions, especially California. A red Meritage blend will generally consist of the classic Bordeaux combination: Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot (with hints of Carménère and Petit Verdot). Meritage wines can also be a white blend, for example, blending Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc together. Meritage blends are known for their versatility in the sense that they can be enjoyed young but also stand up to aging.

  1. Rhone Blends

In the Rhone River Valley of France, it is typical to blend several varietals together, such as Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvedre to make a complex red wine blend. These wines are very interesting and the contribution from each varietal adds complexity, aromas, and flavors to the finished wine.

Are you ready to blend?

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Have you always dreamed of becoming a winemaker? Making dreams come true, V. Sattui Winery invites you to our hands-on workshop August 12th to learn the magic of blending. An intimate seminar, this is your chance to create your own blend in an effort to match our prestigious Bordeaux blend, Paradiso.

Seats are limited, so grab a friend and reserve your blending experience today!

 

Call (707) 963-7774 or Book Online

 

La Merica: A Taste of History and Passion

Introducing V. Sattui Winery’s newest release, La Merica.

 

Honoring the family’s Italian heritage, V.Sattui Winery proudly presents La MericaA modern day rendition of a pre-prohibition blend of Petite Sirah and Zinfandel; serving as a beautiful reminder of the many ways in which immigration continues to shape our country.

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Celebrating the brave immigrants who risked everything in pursuit of the American dream, the Sattui family is only one example. Escaping a life of poverty and political uncertainties, Vittorio Sattui was just one of the many Italians who fled to America, or “La Merica,” to build a better life for himself. Arriving virtually penniless, hard work and a dream to produce only the highest quality wines were the keys to survival. V. Sattui Winery, although temporarily halted by Prohibition, was a monumental success in the making for years to come.

Embracing the importance of immigration in today’s society, La Merica rejoices everything America stands for: liberty, prosperity, diversity, and acceptance. A society built upon the foundation of immigrants, immigration is our future. Showing appreciation, V. Sattui staff members are sharing stories commemorating their family history, and what led them to where they are today, in the heart of California’s wine country.

Staff: Ali Paterson-  Marketing Director | Year of Immigration: 1927 from Poland | Story: To escape the Russian Cossacks.

 

AliPaterson-FamilyPhoto-FramedFollowing World War I, the Cossacks were raiding the Jewish villages in Russia. My Jewish grandfather and his family fled to Poland and finally to America (Ellis Island) in 1927, where he changed his last name from Malinowski to Kaufman, to match that of his uncle who came to the States earlier. They ran a bakery in Brooklyn until my Grandfather grew weary and shifted his professional gears to prize fighting. He won 16 out of 16 fights, only to be knocked out during his 17th fight. He then elected to switch it up again and become a barber. My Grandfather cut hair for the rest of his life, eventually making his way to the West Coast, with his wife and four children, to manage 22 barbershops at Camp Pendleton during the Korean War. What I remember the most about my Grandfather was his amazing ability to hold the attention of everyone in the room while telling a story.

 

Photo: Jack Kaufman (Malinowski), his soon to be wife Roslyn Parker (my Grandmother), and his sister Bertha -Brooklyn, NY, 1933.

 

Celebrate with us!

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Join us June 24th-25th, as we pop open the first bottles of our new release, La Merica. A bold New-World blend packed with notes of dark fruit, giving it those mesmerizing purple hues, and a lingering texture sure to captivate your taste buds.

Take advantage of this unique time in history, and break out the old family photo album. Before taking that first sip, reflect on the path that leads you to this very moment. Standing in a tasting room in the iconic Napa Valley with generations of hard work in your glass. Appreciate and savor the senses. Taste the passion, smell the different aromas, see the beauty, hear the history, and feel the dedication.

Available from 12 pm to 5 pm both days, we will be offering tastings to guests in all V. Sattui tasting rooms. Pair this wine with your favorite cheese and our house-cured charcuterie. We suggest a smoked Gouda, Cheddar (medium-sharp), or a creamy goat cheese, to complement the robust prideful flavors of La Merica.

Historical tours will also be available by reservation: http://bit.ly/ReserveTour

Don’t forget to bring your family, friends, and stories with you!

Salute!

Preserving Napa Valley in Partnership with the Land Trust of Napa County

Taking care of the land we farm and preserving its beauty and abundance is one of our core values at V. Sattui and for owner, Dario Sattui.   The stewardship of the lands that V. Sattui farms in Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino and Solano Counties is the recognition of our collective responsibility.

Dario’s most recent conservation effort comes by way of a 40-acre donation to the Land Trust of Napa County, an organization that was established in 1976 to preserve the character of Napa County by permanently protecting land.  This conservation easement, combined with four others over the last 18 years brings Dario’s total contribution to nearly 600 acres.

Coombsville photoThe property is located in the Coombsville hills, overlooking the City of Napa.  It is preserved through the partnership between Dario and the Land Trust. It’s natural and agricultural values are protected forever while the land is maintained in private ownership.

This conservation effort is especially important in Coombsville – where land development including vineyards, homes and wineries has been substantial in recent years. Home to Kreuse Creek, dense woodland and abundant wildlife, the property is visible from parts of the City of Napa, Silverado Trail and Skyline Park. Significant scenic enjoyment has been preserved for generations to come.

“Sadly I have seen tremendous development in the 44 years I have lived in Napa County,” said Dario Sattui. “I wish to be part of the solution by protecting all our properties with easements with the Land Trust. It gives me great pleasure to continue with my pledge.”

The Coombsville conservation easement joins Carsi Vineyard, the historic Hibbard Ranch (Formerly Henry Ranch) and our Certified Organic home vineyard – Vittorio’s Estate – named for Dario’s great-grandfather who first established V. Sattui winery in 1885.

“Five conservation easements is a lot,” said Doug Parker, CEO of the Land Trust. “And they have all gone smoothly with Dario. He is giving up significant value in this easement, eliminating the potential for both a winery and a residence, and we very much appreciate his generosity.”

Discovering Culinary Treasures in our Artisan Marketplace- Mt. Tam Cheese

Cheese case- Jack and Keith- smallOne of the joys of coming to V. Sattui is discovering our incredible cheese case in our Artisan Marketplace.  It’s fun to hang out in the marketplace and watch people walk in the door, and just be drawn in, like a magnet, to the dizzying display of aromatic, creamy goodness.

One of the “must haves” in our treasure chest of cheeses from around the world is made right down the road in Petaluma.  Cowgirl Creamery was started by Sue Conley and Peggy Smith in the early 1990’s in the small coastal town of Pt. Reyes normalized_peggysmith_sueconleyStation.

One of their flagship cheeses is the Mt. Tam– an elegant, triple cream, washed rind (or surface ripened) cheese made from organic cow’s milk from neighboring Straus Family Dairy. Named after Mt. Tamalpais, a Northern California landmark, this smooth and creamy cheese has a mellow, earthy flavor- sort of like white mushrooms.

CU- Mt Tam with walnutsWe like pairing this cheese with our Los Carneros Chardonnay which has some buttery notes to compliment the cheese, but also some ripe pear, fig and honeydew flavors and enough acidity that balance with the heaviness of the cheese.  We also like serving this cheese as a dessert, with a nice glass of our Late Harvest Riesling. Pairing it with some spiced roasted walnuts will really set off the creaminess of the cheese.

Next time you’re at the winery, be sure to check out our cheese case!  Our Cheesemonger, Keith Idle, or one of our other cheese experts, Jack,  are happy to answer questions, and give you tastes!

 

Tom’s Best Buy List

‘Tis the season for spending quality time with good friends, family, eating favorite foods, and savoring delicious wine.  We decided to ask Tom Davies, President of V. Sattui Winery, who has been working here for 35 years for guidance on gifting, tasting, or cellaring, V. Sattui wines.  Here are Tom’s recommendations:

tom-in-tux-croppedAs you create your holiday gift lists, don’t forget that wine, and the story that every bottle holds, is a great gift.  At V. Sattui, we make gift-giving easy by shipping to every state (except Utah). We can also personalize your gift with custom gift tags with your own message hanging on the bottle. We encourage you to be sure to include YOU on the gift list too!

Here are some of my V. Sattui recommendations for gifting, tasting, and cellaring:

 

GIFTING:
Madeira– Many of you know the cult following this wine has! Solera-made, wood-aged, and fortified V. Sattui Madeirawith brandy, this dessert wine is sweet and luscious with flavors of almonds, caramel, toffee and orange zest. It is great with holiday desserts, and some of us like to take it outside and enjoy a fine cigar with it!

2012 Preston Cabernet Sauvignon– Just about everyone covets and appreciates a fine Napa Valley Cabernet. The Preston Vineyard is one of our flagship vineyard sources in the Rutherford appellation. It is a powerful, complex cabernet that is silky on the palate, with sweet black fruit flavors that are balanced with full-bodied texture and a long finish.

2011 Prestige Cuvée—Everyone loves a celebration with bubbles! This Prestige Cuvée is our best sparkling wine to date. The late-disgorged sparkling has a classic toasty brut blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

TASTING:
2014 Los Carneros Chardonnay– out of the thousands of wines submitted for the San Francisco Chronicle’s Wine Competition, this wine was awarded the White Wine Sweepstakes winner. This is a crisp, elegant Chardonnay with ripe pear, fig, and honeydew notes that slip right into a finish of white peach.

2013-Entanglement2013 Entanglement -This rich, complex blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre shows pomegranate fruit flavors combined with earthiness and dried herbs. It is a great wine for pairing with a variety of foods, so it is perfect to serve at all of your holiday gatherings.

2014 Carneros Pinot Noir- The sweet smell of a holiday potpourri tickles your nose when you open this estate-grown cool climate Pinot. With anise, clove, and cinnamon on the nose, this wine’s mild body with flavors of peppercorn, and wild, brambly cherry play beautifully with a symphony of holiday favorites like honey-baked ham, scalloped potatoes, and roasted root vegetables.

CELLARING:
2012 Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon– 2012 has been hailed as the “Vintage of the Decade” for Napa Valley Cabernet. It was a year of near-perfect weather conditions for grape growing, and our Mt. Veeder Cabernet reflects this in a rich, powerful Cabernet with broad shoulders and impressive dimension. Selected as “Wine of the Year” and the “Best Cabernet Sauvignon” at the 2015 Monterey International Wine competition, you can’t go wrong with purchasing at least a case of this wine and savoring it for years to come.

2012 Paradiso that great 2012 vintage also gave us an abundant crop of high quality fruit for our proprietary Bordeaux-style blend. This wine is 2012 Paradisomade of 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, and smaller amounts of Petite Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec. Lay this wine for five to eight years, and you will enjoy its elegant texture and polished tannins.

2013 Howell Mountain Zinfandel Grapes for this wine come from Napa County’s highest vineyard which is also biodynamically farmed and certified organic. What’s best about this wine is the impeccable balance it shows off. This is a Zinfandel made in a style that is both restrained and loaded with flavor. It is delicious today, however those with patience will be rewarded. With proper storage it will improve over the next 5-8 years and drink well for at least 4-6 after that.

 

The Best Three V. Sattui Wines to Enjoy with Fresh Crab

Despite a little fog and drizzle, you’ll notice that folks in Northern California have a little extra spring in their step today. The reason? Crab season officially opens today! In the Bay Area and Napa Valley serving up fresh Dungeness crab at the Thanksgiving table, or as a meal in the days before or after Thanksgiving, is a beloved tradition. We invite you to join us in this tradition of enjoying crab and wine, wherever you are!

At V. Sattui we have three wines we love to pair with crab.

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V. Sattui Napa Valley Chardonnay
A smooth, balanced Chardonnay that has enough acidity to pair with many foods. If you plan to serve your crab with melted butter, this wine a great match!

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Balanced acidity with subtle grassy, fig, and citrus flavors make this a great pairing with crab when you use a lot of herbs or fruity dipping sauces.

2015-carsi-vineyard-semillonCarsi Vineyard Semillon
Fermented entirely in stainless steel, this wine has a silky texture with upfront minerality and a nutty, figgy character that pairs well with all kinds of seafood dishes. We love it with fresh crab, especially when it’s served as a salad, or seasoned with Asian or Hispanic spices.

If you’ve ever been to our Artisan Deli & Marketplace, then chances are you couldn’t resist our delicious house-made crab cakes. To help you share the Thanksgiving tradition of including crab in your holiday meal, we are offering our recipe for these tasty bites. Serve them as an appetizer, a side dish, or have them for Thanksgiving breakfast, topped with a poached egg.

 

 

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The Crab Cakes offered in V. Sattui Winery’s Artisan Deli & Marketplace are made fresh daily. Be sure to try them on your next visit!

V. Sattui’s Crab Cakes
Makes 7-8 servings

1 pound fresh crab meat, cracked and cleaned
1 small red bell pepper, diced
1 small yellow pepper, diced
½ bunch green onions, sliced
2 tablespoons butter
½ cup Mayonnaise
1 tablespoon Dijon Mustard
1 cup Panko (Japanese-style bread crumbs)
2 cups regular bread crumbs

Drain crab meat well. Sauté the bell peppers and green onions in butter
until barely tender, about 10 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste. Let cool.

In a bowl add all ingredients except for the regular bread crumbs. Mix well.

Form crab cakes by placing some of the mixture into a ½ cup measuring cup and then forming a solid patty with your hands. Dredge the cakes in the bread crumbs, and deep fry them in oil at 325 degrees. Serve hot with lemon wedges and your favorite V. Sattui wine!

Warm up with Homemade Chili and Sattui Family Red

In Napa Valley there is a bit of chill in the air in the evenings as harvest winds down.  The roar of fans cheering on their football team can be heard from local stadiums, and broadcast from radio and TV’s.  It’s definitely time to cook up a big pot of chili and enjoy it with friends and family while watching the big game, or any other fall gathering.  This recipe comes from our PR, Marketing and Brand Manager, Tyffani Sedgwick.  We recommend serving it with V. Sattui’s Family Red for a winning combination.

Tyffani’s Chili
Makes about 8 servings

Ingredients:
2 ½ lbs. Beef chuck or Round steak- cut into 1” pieces
1 tbsp. olive oil
2 cloves minced garlic
1  onion, minced
4 mild pasilla chili peppers- roasted, seeded and peeled, and chopped
1-2 jalapeno or serrano peppers
2 cups beef Broth- you may also use wine or beer
1 large can (48 oz.) tomato sauce or pureed tomatoes
1 teaspoon ground cumin
3 tablespoons good quality chili powder
1 tsp. Salt
1 tsp. Mexican oregano
Salt & Pepper to taste
2 cups pinto beans- cooked (may also use black beans)
½ c. chopped cilantro

Directions:
Heat oil in a very large pot. Brown meat in oil. Add onions, garlic and chopped peppers. When onions become soft, add beef broth. Put lid on pot and bring to a boil. Turn heat down and slow boil until meat is tender. About 30 minutes, but check meat for tenderness at 20, and every 5 minutes after. Keep liquid level about 1” above the meat. You want the bites of meat to be really tender.
Once the meat is tender, add tomato sauce and seasonings and simmer at a “nine bubble boil” (slow boil/simmer) for about an hour. Add beans and simmer 15 more minutes. Add chopped cilantro, stir and serve.

Serve with more chopped cilantro, chopped onions, cheese, sour cream, chopped avocado and warm tortillas!

 

Love is Sweet at V. Sattui Wine Country Weddings!

Love is sweet, and so is dessert! Every couples love is unique, and we think their weddings should be no exception. From the decorations to the music, and of course, the treats! We love to see our wedding couples personalities and tastes shine through, and are always curious to see what scrumptious dessert they select for their big day.

Here are some of our favorites:

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Multiple smaller cakes not only provide eye appeal on an attractive dessert bar, they offer more variety for your guests. The more flavors the merrier!

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Tiered cakes are truly elegant, and truly customizable! We love this simply sweet design, and fell hard for the romantic topper.

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Who needs a cake when each guest can have their very own monogrammed cupcake? We think these whimsical treats are the bee’s knees!

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These artfully displayed donuts are a unique sweet treat sure to please guests of all ages. We’ve got our eye on the maple bars!

Photos by Colson Griffith Photography. www.colsongriffith.com
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This adorable display has it all! A cake on top for cutting, a romantic topper, and mini cinnamon buns complete with icing. This breakfast treat was just as delicious after dinner!

What unique wedding sweets have had your mouth watering?

Toast a Great Country with a Great Wine- V. Sattui Madeira

Madeira and brownie sandwich- editedRevive an old custom this July 4th and toast our stars and stripes with Madeira!

While the wine is named after the Portuguese-held island some 500 miles off the coast of Morocco, celebrating Madeira in America is a long-held tradition. Few people today associate Madeira with Colonial America when, in fact, it was a household beverage during the latter half of the 18th Century. The East Coast is mostly hot and humid and much of it has high water tables which precluded any form of cellaring table wines. Madeira is virtually indestructible; so it became the wine of choice and maintained its popularity right up to the Great Experiment – Prohibition.

When the final draft of the Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4th 1776, members of our first Congress consumed some 50 bottles of Madeira. What a celebration that must have been! Other great occasions calling for Madeira included George Washington’s marriage to Martha, Washington’s inauguration in 1789, and the Louisiana Purchase in 1803.1200px-Declaration_independence

Madeira came to America by way of European ships that would make regular stops at the island of Madeira to “freshen” with the island’s abundance of fresh water and take on its wine as ballast. Vintners of Madeira knew their wines would not survive an Atlantic journey without a little help so they added brandy as a preservative. What they didn’t know was the heat from traveling the equator would oxidize alcohols into aldehydes, which added a marvelous nutty character to the wine. After this discovery, intentional heating of the wine was done in estufas (heated vessels) and it continues today. Vintners also adopted the Spanish solera system in which young wines go into barrels and matriculate by constant blending to the bottling barrels over many decades and even centuries. The younger wines freshen the older vintages while the older wines impart their wisdom to the newer arrivals.

V. Sattui Madeira shares this historic tapestry, as Vittorio Sattui procured a number of barrels from the island and started his own solera at his winery in San Francisco in 1887. When you enjoy V. Sattui Madeira there may be a few drops of this vintage in your very glass which connects you with history. Vittorio had to hide his decades-old solera around North Beach in San Francisco during Prohibition, as surely the Feds would have destroyed it. So, this wine has its own bit of romantic history.

colonial- holding wineFrom fortification to heating, V. Sattui Madeira continues to be made in the time honored traditions of the island, rendering a complexity of caramel, dried plum, honey, maple, vanilla combined with hazelnuts, almonds and chocolate. All of this is re-enforced with smooth, silky, and balanced sweet sensations on the palate. This is the oldest Madeira produced in the U.S. and it’s as though the wine waited all of these years and decades to come to life on your palate.

Our Madeira is compatible with so many foods. Friendships range from pumpkin pie to tiramisu. By the way, we use the Madeira to make tiramisu in our deli. It’s wonderful with nuts like a hazelnut torte and any recipe that calls for dried fruit, vanilla, and caramel (Flan). We love it as a float with our house made Vanilla Bean Gelato. Let your dessert imagination be your pairing highway.

It’s also a good cooking wine. Try this: cook your meat of choice in a pan or grill pan and remove it. Pour in our Madeira along with an equal part of Sattui Family Red. Deglaze the pan and allow a few minutes to reduce the sauce. Plate your meat, add the sauce and enjoy. REALLY enjoy!

Nick and Marie’s Wine Country Wedding

Wedding season is definitely in full swing! We’ve been having so much fun working with all the brides and grooms to help them pull off their dream-wedding. All of them have been so special, and we want to share some with you! Here’s a little inside-view of Nick and Marie’s wedding a few weeks ago! Thanks to Colson Griffith Photography for sharing these photos with us!

It rained all day prior to their evening nuptials, but the sun came out just before the ceremony began. I think that stroke of luck means good things for their future, and definitely led to some awesome photos!

 

Photos by Colson Griffith Photography. www.colsongriffith.com

Photos by Colson Griffith Photography. www.colsongriffith.com

Photos by Colson Griffith Photography. www.colsongriffith.com

Photos by Colson Griffith Photography. www.colsongriffith.com

One of the most fun parts of each wedding is meeting the family. This little ring bearer was such a cutie!

Photos by Colson Griffith Photography. www.colsongriffith.com

Big thanks to Marie and Nick for letting us be a part of your special day! We wish you the best of luck, cheers!

Photos by Colson Griffith Photography. www.colsongriffith.com

Photos by Colson Griffith Photography. www.colsongriffith.com