Give the Gift of V. Sattui to your Corporate Partners

Sharing wine with friends and family is at the heart of everything we do. The holiday season is no exception. It’s easy to get caught up in the “hustle and bustle” of this time of year, but we here at V. Sattui specialize in corporate holiday gift-giving that makes a lasting impression with timely delivery, easy customization options, and plenty of high-quality, hard-to-find, ready-to-drink wines that are within your budget. Let us make your company’s gifting this year effortless, expressive, and extraordinary! 

Wine as a Corporate Gift

Thank your colleagues, employees, and clients for everything they’ve done for your business throughout the year with a luxurious and heartfelt gift with sentimental roots, deep family ties, and a limited production that can’t be found in stores. What might that be?  V. Sattui wine, of course! With over 60 wines in our portfolio, our selection is sure to satisfy any palate, from a dessert wine lover to a bold Cabernet drinker. Moreover, our gorgeous bottles can be gifted without the need for wrapping. This saves you time and money during a season when both can be in short supply. 

Personalize it

Make your gift stand out from the rest!  Adorn your gift with V. Sattui’s wide variety of customizable products so your gift expresses your sentiments and gratitude.  Gold-bordered stickers beautifully enhance any of our wine bottles with your company logo and will stay on permanently, whether the wine is kept in the cellar, on the table, or in their stocking.

Elegant gift tags allow for longer, personalized notes to impress your most discerning recipients. You can also upgrade your packaging with bottle bags or logo boxes. On top of all these personalization options, we also offer two- and three-bottle gift boxes that are a perfect time-saving solution for an eye-catching and memorable present bedecked with our winery’s unique holiday design and containing a warm letter from our award-winning winemaker, Brooks Painter.  Should you simply wish to include a gift note card with your personal message, we have that too – complimentary with every purchase. 

If shipping wine bottles is an obstacle, we offer gift cards that never expire and can be used on our website, over the phone, or in-person at our winery; we don’t distribute our wines in restaurants or stores, so this is the only way to acquire these beautiful bottles. Your recipients can select the exact wines they want, and can take advantage of our holiday wine specials as well! 

It’s Time to Think Wine

We are dedicated to helping you stay ahead of your corporate holiday gifting this year, ensuring everyone on your “nice” list knows you’re thinking of them! We recommend sending your gifts early (before Thanksgiving) to prevent them from getting lost in the whirlwind of packages that arrive closer to Christmas and New Year. Our expert staff of wine consultants is ready to take your calls and answer your emails. We would love to tell you about our special pricing for corporate orders. You can reach us at (707) 963-7774 or info@vsattui.com. 

All of us here at V. Sattui wish you and yours the happiest of holiday seasons. Cheers!

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!

NEW! Collina d’Oro Chardonnay & Pinot Noir

The most impressive aspect of these wines for me is the stunning and bountiful fruit aromas, and the complexity of flavors on the palate. The wines evolve with just a few minutes in the glass to provide lush fruit and great acidity on the finish…

– Brooks Painter, Director of Winemaking

Nestled in the Russian River AVA in Sonoma County, just outside of the town of Forestville, famous for its unique “Gold Ridge” sandy soils and cool coastal influence – the newest edition to our portfolio of Estate vineyards, Collina d’Oro is the idyllic setting for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

Each block of this 15-acre vineyard – formerly a 50-year-old organic Gravenstein apple orchard – is planted with careful attention to clonal diversity and varietal expression. Six unique Pinot Noir clones including DRC, Pommard and 777, enhance the dimension and complexity of our Collina d’Oro Pinot Noir, while our Chardonnay is planted to the classic Wente clone – perfectly suited to this exceptional site.

Both wines offer deep aromas and luscious, layered fruit with fleshy, dense volume in the mouth and succinct minerality all at once – showcasing the Russian River AVA at its very best in Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.  We are delighted to offer these two new beauties as a part of our collection.

2017 Collina d’Oro CHARDONNAY

Aromas of green apple, lemon and vanilla introduce this bright, crisp Chardonnay. Fruity and juicy on the palate with bold yet balanced oak and buttery notes punctuated by minerality and firm acidity – our 2017 Collina d’Oro Chardonnay is fine example of the unique characteristics offered by this special vineyard.  $48/bottle

BEST CHARDONNAY, 95 Points & Platinum – Winemaker Challenge
BEST CHARDONNAY, 95 Points & Platinum – Monterey Wine Competition
95 Points & Double Gold – American Fine Wine Competition
Double Gold Medal – SF Chronicle Wine Competition

2017 Collina d’Oro PINOT NOIR

Elegant and beautifully balanced, this Pinot Noir has aromas of ripe cherry, vanilla, a hint of savory herbs and black tea. On the palate it is bold, rich and refined with a hint of dusty cherry. A luscious, full mouthfeel is enhanced by silky tannins and a long, satisfying finish.  $52/bottle

91 Points & Gold – Winemaker Challenge
91 Points & Gold – San Diego Int’l Wine Competition
Gold Medal – SF Chronicle Wine Competition

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.

5 Questions to ask a Sommelier

Sommeliers are an incredible asset not only for the wine industry, but for you as a consumer. A sommelier, by definition, is a trained and knowledgeable wine professional, normally working in fine restaurants, who specializes in all aspects of wine service, as well as wine and food pairing. Don’t be intimated, though. You should take advantage of this wine expert! But first, let’s expand on what goes into being a sommelier.

“Old World” Somms vs “New World” Somms

The wine industry is constantly evolving and so are sommeliers. Traditionally, sommeliers were viewed as highly educated wine connoisseurs in black suits with their tastevin hanging around their neck primarily recommending wines for dining guests. But today, somms have become the celebrity ambassadors of hospitality for the wine industry, with a hand in everything from the wine menu, staff trainings to collaborating with the chefs on food pairings. You can also find certified sommeliers in many urban wine bars and winery tasting rooms – including two at V. Sattui! Whether you’re a wine connoisseur or a novice wine drinker, a somm will always aim to provide you an unforgettable experience.

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What it Takes to Become A Sommelier

The immediate answer to becoming a certified somm is hard work and dedication to the program and wine itself. You have to live, eat and breath all things wine. For some background, there are 249 wine professionals in the world who have the highest title of Master Sommelier, 155 of those are in the U.S., and only 25 of them are women. They have the privilege of putting “M.S” after their name.

You can start this process by taking the four courses through The Court of Master Sommeliers, along with passing each exam. Another well-known organization is the Wine and Spirits Trust, or WSET, which is an academic program out of the United Kingdom.

5 Questions to Ask a Sommelier

Whether you’re at dinner, in a wine shop or visiting V. Sattui Winery, here are 5 great questions you may ask a sommelier.

  1. What is your favorite bottle of wine under $75?
  2. We are ordering the fish, which wine do you recommend to go with it?
  3. I typically enjoy Burgundy wines. Do you have any wines from that region or a wine comparable in style?
  4. What wines are you excited about on your list at the moment?
  5. I love fruity Zinfandels. Are there any other fruity wines you recommend?

Meet the V. Sattui Winery Sommeliers

V. Sattui is lucky to have two brilliant sommeliers on staff. They are here to answer your questions and help you discover your palette at V. Sattui Winery!

Meet Marija Jovanovic

Marija has been a part of the V. Sattui family for three years. Her passion lies in the library of wines we offer and in travel tourism. Marija holds a WSET (Wine & Spirit Education Trust) Level 3 Advanced Certificate and is a Certified Sommelier from the Court of Master Sommeliers. Marija is a pro at relaying her passion for wine, food, and people to our guests every day. Experience her expertise at one of our upcoming Wine & Food Pairings.

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Meet Martin Slavin

Martin (otherwise known as Marty) has been with us for more than three years and is a Certified Sommelier by the Court of Master Sommeliers. He holds a Certified Wine Professional certification from The Culinary Institute of America. Martin discovered his love for wine and food in New York City where he worked at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel followed by the Claremont Hotel in Berkeley Hills, CA. Marty left the food business to pursue his passion for wine, and we’re lucky enough to have access to his skill set in all things wine.

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5 Questions to Ask V. Sattui’s Sommeliers on your next Visit

  1. We bought a goat cheese and an aged cheddar from the Artisan Deli for our picnic. Which V. Sattui wine do you recommend to pair with them?
  2. I love your 2016 Dry Riesling. What other white wine would you recommend for my palette?
  3. I have been exploring red blends recently. Do you have any we could taste?
  4. We plan to come for a V. Sattui BBQ on Sunday. Which wines do you recommend to go with the food?
  5. Which Cabernet Sauvignon do you recommend that is under $60?

By asking these questions, you are getting to know your palette, the sommelier, and wines you may or may not like even wines you never thought you would enjoy! So next time you V. Sattui, be sure to ask our somms any questions you may have and expand your wine knowledge along the way. Cheers!

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!

 

 

V. Sattui Winery: Wine & Cheese, Please!

Your guide to selecting, sipping, and pairing wine & cheese from our Artisan Deli

 

marc-blogWine and cheese are a few of life’s finest culinary creations, and embarking on the journey of pairing the two together is a tasty endeavor. From the acidity, aromas, textures, and tannins, the possibilities are endless. To take out the guesswork, we consulted our very own wine & food pairing specialist, Marc Golick, to help find the perfect match.

 

2015 Crow Ridge Zinfandel + Ancient Gouda, Holland

 

2015 Crow Ridge Zinfandel with Holland’s reputable Ancient Gouda proves that opposites really do attract. Made from whole cow’s milk, this cheese is aged for two or more years, which endows a deep orange color, grainy texture, and bold flavors. These flavors require a stand-up wine to counteract its pleasant yet assertive traits. Sweeping aggressive flavors off the palate, Zinfandel featuring jammy notes and a moderate tannic structure is perfect for the job!

Tip: For a winning combination, add quince paste to the mix to further contrast the salty, dry-aged cheese — you won’t regret it.

2015 Los Carneros Chardonnay + Triple Cream Brie, Marin, CA

 

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Elegant with notes of crisp citrus and warming aromas of fig and honeydew, the 2015 Los Carneros Chardonnay complements the widely loved Triple Cream brie to perfection. With well-balanced oak and fruit components, there is no competition between the creaminess of the wine and cheese – both parties shine through.

2016 Anderson Valley Pinot Noir + Red Hawk, Cowgirl Creamery, CA

 

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I know a wine that’s tough but sweet, it’s so fine it can’t be beat, it’s got everything that I desire, it sets the summer sun on fire, I want candy… Who knew an acidic, fruit-forward Pinot Noir paired with a pungent, aged triple cream Brie could taste like candy! Like a hot knife to butter, the ripe acidity plays well with the high-fat content for an unforgettable pairing.

2013 Morisoli Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon + Sottocenere al Tartufo, Italy

 

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For a dead-on Cab pairing, look no further than the 2013 Morisoli Cabernet Sauvignon and the traditional Italian cheese, Sottocenere al Tartufo. A semi-soft cheese infused with black truffles, it ties into the distinct ‘dusty’ Rutherford valley floor, earthy notes, and brings forth vibrant red berry flavors. Rich, round, supple, and bursting with everything you’d expect it to, it’s a wine pairing perfect for your next Italian-inspired dinner party.  

1885 Madeira + Stilton Cheese, UK

 

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A “40-proof candy bar,” the 1885 Madeira is a historical curveball when it comes to food and wine pairings. Bursting with flavors reminiscent of crème brûlée, pecan pie, and caramel toffee, it’s an obvious favorite among dessert wines; but let’s take a walk on the wild side. Pair this luscious, wood-aged beauty with a classic Stilton cheese and thank us later. The complex layers of salty and sweet complement the characteristics of this 133-year old Solera and will leave you pleasantly surprised and craving more.

Wine & cheese DIY Pairing Party:

What better way to get a hands-on experience than to throw a wine and cheese pairing party? Head on over to the Artisan Deli and select a few cheeses that catch your eye. Next, discuss your party plans with our on-site pairing specialist — from the proper wine pairing to the correct serving temperature, we’ll help you get your creative juices flowing. The final step, gather a group of friends and start tasting!  

Cheers!

 

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!

Meet V. Sattui’s Sommelier Marija Jovanovic

Wine, food, and culture are what it’s all about.

 

Meet Marija Jovanovic, a WSET Advanced Certified Sommelier and Sherry Wine Specialist currently pouring, hosting, and educating wine lovers at V. Sattui Winery in the heart of Napa Valley. A member of the V. Sattui staff family for the past three years, Marija was drawn to the winery’s diverse library of wines and dedication to wine tourism.

Now, you may be wondering what is a WSET (Wine & Spirit Education Trust) Advanced Certified Sommelier? It’s a multi-level graduate program designed for wine enthusiasts to obtain tasting technique, production and distribution knowledge, and extensive wine service skills. A course not for the fainthearted, rigorous testing prepares individuals for their roles as leaders in the industry.

The journey doesn’t stop there. What does it take to make it as a Sommelier? A love for wine, food, and people. Dreaming about food, and more excitingly what to drink with it, is just part of the joy. The next step is relaying that passion to guests with attention to detail, an understanding of the local culture, and gracious hospitality.

Initially from Serbia, Marija set out to pursue a career combining her two passions, wine and traveling, only to find herself in California’s most iconic wine region, Napa Valley. A melting pot of cultures, it shines through in the Valley’s award-winning wines, Michelin Star restaurants, and historic scenery—the perfect setting for a Sommelier.  

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A true Sommelier, Marija eats, sleeps, and breathes food and wine. When she’s not attending wine seminars, cooking classes, entertaining friends, or introducing people to the array of critically acclaimed wines in the main tasting room; you can find Marija hosting V. Sattui’s Wine & Food Pairing events. Enjoy two hours of fun, engaging “edutainment” set in our underground barrel aging cellar, that showcase how combined flavors elevate both the wine and food to a whole new level.

Interested in discovering the magic of food and wine pairing? Join us for upcoming events Dec 2nd & 30th!

Get to know Marija

 

1. Have you always been interested in becoming a Sommelier? Yes, it’s the perfect career to combine wine, food, and traveling.

2. What’s your favorite varietal? Zinfandel.

3. What’s your favorite food and wine pairing? Spicy food paired with a Gewürztraminer or dry Riesling.

4. What is your favorite wine region outside of Napa Valley? Portugal or Spain for their unique culture and wine diversity.

5. Do you plan on continuing your education? I’m currently pursuing a CWE (Certified Wine Educator) diploma.

 

Do you have any questions? We would be happy to answer them over a glass of wine in our tasting room and/or special events. Open daily 9 am – 5 pm (winter hours).

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!

Wine Country Wildfire Update

Updated October 17, 2017

 

Status of V. Sattui Winery + How You Can Help

Dear Friends of V. Sattui Winery,

Our sincerest thanks for everyone’s outpouring of concern during this trying time in the Napa and Sonoma Valleys. We are truly grateful for your messages of support and are extremely fortunate to report that our winery itself has not been affected by the fires.  Our hearts are with our neighbors, colleagues and their families who have been affected by the wildfires and less fortunate than ourselves.

We are pleased to announce V. Sattui is OPEN Daily (as of yesterday, October 16th).  We welcome your friendly faces!

For those of you awaiting wine + gift deliveries:  We are pleased to tell you Fedex picked up yesterday and your orders are out for delivery!  Thank you for your patience while we experienced interference with Fedex and UPS accessibility due to road closures.  Please be on the lookout for tracking emails from our carriers.



For those of you interested in offering assistance to fire victims:

Please visit http://www.napavalleycf.org/fire-donation-page/ to make a donation to the Napa Valley Community Disaster Relief Fund.  We are eager to take action towards the recovery, and to assist in these efforts, V. Sattui Winery and Castello di Amorosa will be making a joint contribution of $100,000 to the Napa Valley Community Foundation (NVCF) Disaster Relief Fund. The NVCF will be distributing grants from this fund to organizations providing crucial services for those impacted by the fires including, but not limited to: medical care, temporary shelter, meals and counseling.

Other ways you can help the Wine Industry? 

Buy Napa Valley and Sonoma Valley wines!  Buy them for yourselves and buy them as gifts.  Thousands of hard-working wine industry employees are directly affected by these fires and any help you can provide to stimulate the economy and reopen these wineries will directly support our workers and their families.  SHOP >

With deep appreciation,

V. Sattui Winery

Not Your Average Grape Stomp

 

V. Sattui invites you to the Crush Party of the year

 

Step behind-the-scenes of an iconic Napa Valley winery and experience V. Sattui up close and personal! Taste more than 45 award-winning wines, meet the winemakers, sip and swirl to live music, and get your feet dirty with a traditional grape stomp—  only half of the fun at V. Sattui’s annual Crush Party.

A mix of entertainment and education ( what we like to call an “edu-tainment” event;) here are 5 reasons why you can’t miss the biggest open-house party of the year.

1. Sample over 45 different wines!

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Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling– the options are endless. We invite you to discover the magic of each varietal, from their unique aromas to the flavors.

Talk shop with our growers!  Meet Mike Nunez of Preston Vineyard, grower of our flagship Rutherford cabernet, along with five of our beloved Zinfandel growers representing the Napa Valley and Dry Creek Valley AVAs. Find out what makes V. Sattui wine a prime example of regional elegance.

Find something you can’t live without? For one night only, get up to 30% off on all cases!

2.   Winemaking 101

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Have you ever wondered how such well-balanced, vibrant, and delicious wine ended up in your glass? Now’s your chance to get an inside glimpse and witness harvest in full swing on our production floor. Observe barrel fermentation, view our bottling line, taste tank samples (some just days old), and ask our Enologist, Jose Basulto, all of your winemaking questions.

3. Grape Stomp

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Grape stomping, otherwise known as pigeage, which means “punching down,” was a method of maceration used in traditional winemaking. Cellar workers repeatedly stomped on grapes with their bare feet to release juice from the grapes and initiate the fermentation process.

Today, the age-old practice is often honored at fall festivals. Wineries invite guests to celebrate harvest and experience the culture and history of winemaking. So roll up your pants and get ready to stomp the night away!

4. Meet-and-Greet

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Wander on over to Vittorio’s Estate Vineyard station for your chance to meet and mingle with Vineyard Manager David Bejar, Viticultural Technician Carter Mochizuki, and Vineyard Foreman Pancho Cortez. See how organic grapes are grown, learn about clonal selections, and taste different grape varietals. Get an insider’s look at how V. Sattui grapes go from vine to bottle.  

5. BBQ & Live Music

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Aside from producing outstanding wines, if there’s one thing we know how to do, it’s how to throw a party. Each one of our signature V. Sattui events is filled with great wine, food, music, and high energy— so bring your dancing shoes!

Featuring a Tuscan-inspired menu, wine and dine under the oaks to the tunes of DGIIN. Get ready, this party is going to be one for the books.  

What: 2017 Crush Party

When: Saturday, October 7, 2017 | 6:00-10:00 p.m.

Where: V.Sattui Winery

How: Open house

Tickets are available for purchase here.

See you there!

Welcome to the V. Sattui Family Wine Club

Wine of the Month Club — Our tasting room, delivered!

 

At V. Sattui Winery, we craft one of the largest selections of award-winning, small-batch, small lot wines to suit a wide range of tastes. Our family motto— never be without great wine!

From our cellar to yours, here are 10 reasons why you should sign up today.

 

1.You’re joining a family rooted in wine history

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Established in 1976, V. Sattui is all about family and the generations that have made it what it is today: one of Napa Valley’s most iconic wineries. With a firm belief that wine is meant for sharing with your loved ones, Our Wine of the Month Club will keep you stocked up for all occasions. Celebrate all of life’s special moments with V.Sattui!

2. Exclusive access for the ones we love

 

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Sattui wines are only available on location and online, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy them in the comfort of your own home, anytime, all year long. Become a member of one of Napa Valley’s longest running Wine Clubs and get exclusive access and deals you can’t get anywhere else. Receive priority allocation of newly released wines and last of lots.

3. Customize it!

Are you a red, white, or dessert wine fan? At V. Sattui, we aim to suit all your wine preferences. Our club is flexible, so feel free to customize your Wine of the Month Club order or simply upgrade to a club that best suits your palate. As a Wine of the Month Club member, you can choose to only receive white wines, red wines, dry wines, dessert wines, magnums, premier wines, or all of the above. Feeling adventurous? Switch between clubs as frequently as you’d like! Whites in the summer? Absolutely. Reds for the holidays? Of course!

4. Shipping frequency

We bring the tasting room to you! Choose when you would like to have your wine shipped to you and how often. Wine of the Month Club members have the option of receiving 2, 4, or 6-bottle shipments each month, bi-monthly, or quarterly – or 3 bottles bi-monthly. If you’re going on vacation or out of town, just let us know and we will rearrange your shipping schedule.

5. Member-only events – it’s a family affair!

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Receive exclusive member-only invites to the year’s most anticipated parties in Napa Valley. At discounted prices, dance the night away at our annual Harvest Ball, experience an Italian mid-summer at our Festa Italiana, or be the first to taste the latest vintage straight from the barrel at one of our Barrel Release or Lobster Fest parties. The opportunities to celebrate with ‘family’ are endless.  Wish to travel abroad with V. Sattui?  We offer priority reservations to club members when booking our Wine Cruises and Tuscany Ground Tours.

6. Discounted hotel stays

Need a vacation? Get discounted room rates at one of our partnering Napa Valley hotels, B&Bs, or inns. Kick back and relax with a glass of your favorite V. Sattui wine and enjoy the Valley’s scenery. If you are in town for the weekend, stop by for our signature BBQ or a private terrace tasting.  

7. Complimentary tastings & tours

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As a valued V. Sattui club member, we want to ensure you that every visit to the winery is special. Enjoy complimentary tastings, barrel tastings, and tours for up to four people every time. Reservations are required. Guests are encouraged!

8. Member-only discounts

Do you have a favorite wine that you just can’t get enough of? Purchase a case or more and get a special discount up to 20% off! Don’t forget, as a member you can also receive discounts on pre-releases, previous months selections, and vintage wines.

9. Personal wine consultant

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Planning a special event or dinner party and can’t decide which wines might pair best? Need a reminder when your favorite wines go on sale?  Here to help is your own personal V. Sattui wine consultant available to offer professional tips and tricks and the very best offers to make that occasion a smashing success!

10. Hall of Fame

As a V. Sattui Wine of the Month Club member, you are one step closer to becoming a Hall of Famer. An elite club level, this is granted to a few extraordinary members each year for their love, loyalty, and support. Are you the next Hall of Famer? Sign up for Wine of the Month Club today.

 
Join the V. Sattui family today! Click here to become a Wine of the Month Club Member.

Falling in Love with Ancient Italy

ETRUSCANS – The Banqueters of Ancient Italy 

By Lisa C. Pieraccini, Ph.D, UC Berkeley

 

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Dario Sattui & Lisa C. Pieraccini

As an archaeologist of Ancient Italy, I know what it means to work on the land (or literally, in the dirt). I spent my childhood growing up in Sonoma County where we often had family gatherings at a wonderful little winery in St. Helena (with picnic benches out in front). That special place was the V. Sattui Winery. Years later, I found myself pursuing a Ph.D. in the field of classical archaeology, with special emphasis on the Etruscans and Romans.

My career took me to Italy where I lived for many years teaching and conducting research at some of Italy’s finest museums and archaeological sites. My Italian family left Italy at the turn of the twentieth century to avoid digging ditches, to make a new life, only to have their great-granddaughter go back to Italy to do just that! I now teach at UC Berkeley where I specialize in Etruscan and early Roman art and archaeology, with a special interest in funerary rituals, Etruscan and Roman wall painting, Etruscan eating and drinking utensils, as well as the ritual and secular consumption of food and wine. I am the Project Director of the Del Chiaro Center for Ancient Italian Studies at UC Berkeley where our mission is to preserve the future of Italy’s past.

To this end, it gives me great pleasure to return to the winery where my family gathered many years ago to eat and drink, to contextualize how the ancient people of Italy, namely, the Etruscans did the same.

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Michelin Star Chef Stefano Masanti

Please join me at V. Sattui Winery on Sunday, September 10th from 11:30 am – 3:00 pm for a fascinating look at the Etruscan culture followed by a luncheon created by Michelin Star Chef Stefano Masanti, who will bring the Etruscan culture to life through his cuisine.

Seats are limited! Tickets are available here.

 

 

Sattui Sonoma: Alongside Napa on the map and beyond

V. Sattui’s Sonoma County Jewels.

 

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In today’s world, anyone who attempts to rank either Napa or Sonoma County as one better than the other is seriously misinformed. At V. Sattui, we have long been aware of the jewels that Sonoma County possess and we access tons of grapes for our top, premium wines from extraordinary vineyard sites in a number of Sonoma’s distinctive sub-appellations.

It is a cooler region than Napa because of its closer proximity to the Pacific Ocean and the topography diverts, channels and segments maritime penetration in such a way that exceptional – even somewhat magical – growing sites are created in the various nooks and crannies of the Sonoma hills and mountains.  Another dimension is the wide array of soils from the Rock Pile Appellation – which is what the name suggests – to the sandy alluvial soils along the Russian River to the calcium carbonate (read chalk) found in Chalk Hill Appellation.  These phenomena combine to create a wider impact from AVA to AVA (American Viticultural Area or BATF approved Appellation) and a wider diversity of varietals suited to those micro-regions.

Growers in Sonoma County have sensed these unique conditions by planting accordingly in these micro-climates. As a result, the wines they produce have become very terroir driven and display a developed a sense of area identity. Russian River Pinot Noir, for example has an identifiable profile as does Dry Creek Zinfandel and so on.  This, of course, leads me to our Sonoma County Chardonnay and Pinot Noir as well as a couple of our Flagship Sonoma Zinfandels.

2015 Sonoma County Chardonnay:2015-Sonoma-Chardonnay2015-Sonoma-County-Pinot-Noir The Bella Vista Vineyard lies just a few hundred yards from the Napa Line in the northern part of the Mayacamas Mountain Range. These eastern slopes are noted growing areas for Chardonnay.  This vineyard is on the crown of the mountain where there is always a lot of air movement and abundant sunshine above the fog level. The soil is clay loam with tons of gravel.  Simply put, it’s everything a Chardonnay vine would like.

2015 Sonoma County Pinot Noir:  This wine is beyond the Carneros Appellation (Sonoma side), which borders San Pablo Bay. It is literally in the Bay on Skagg’s Island (along with the Coast Guard).  Talk about bathing this varietal with the cool air it loves.  And, here’s a twist:  This vineyard belongs to Reynaldo Robledos and his family. He is the first Mexican immigrant field worker to own and operate a winery with vineyards in the U.S. (350 acres).  Not enough can be said for his dedication, passion and just plain, hard work. We have a special sensitivity toward immigrants, as we salute the Sattui Family’s journey from Italy to California with a special wine called La Merica.

2013 Gilsson Zinfandel2015-Russian-River-Zinfandel2014 Russian River Zinfandel: A prime example of what this region can produce.  A finger of fog follows the river inland, permeating and expanding over its banks long before the larger area is encompassed.  This provides nice heat during the day which Zinfandel requires as well as an extraordinary diurnal temperature range of 35° to 40° (temps between day and night).  This locks acids and flavors into the fruit which are showcased well in this wine.

2013 Gilsson Vineyard Zinfandel: Gilsson Vineyard fruit grows in the eastern reaches of the Russian River Valley; in the “elbow” of a neighboring Sonoma appellation – Chalk Hill.  From a drone’s eye, one can actually see bands of chalk striating throughout the hill. The combination of the Valley’s cool climate, quick drainage from the chalk and nutrient bound clay, causes the vine to struggle to produce its fruit. The end result is a wine with amplified notes of fruit, framed in depth and structure.

Care to sample these Sattui Sonoma jewels?

Now through August 15th, enjoy $1 Ground Shipping on all mix-or-match cases of the four Sonoma County wines listed above!  Receive 15% OFF 1 case and 20% OFF 2 or more cases.

 

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?

V. Sattui

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

 

V. Sattui and Chef Masanti Plan a Midsummer Menu for Fundraiser

Changing lives since 1974, Homeward Bound of Marin is a safe place. A mission turned reality, Homeward Bound is a local non-profit paving the way to solve and prevent homelessness.

What started as a single family shelter, Homeward Bound of Marin now operates 15 residential programs to offer “safety, dignity, hope, and independence.”

Dedicated to ending homelessness, these programs reflect the realization that a shelter alone would not solve the issue at hand. In addition to providing housing, Homeward Bound of Marin offers unique job-training programs, serving low-income students as well as residents.

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Fresh starts begin in the Culinary Academy— an award-winning program designed to prepare students for a job in the culinary industry. A 10-week intensive course immerses students in a hands-on environment where they learn not only kitchen skills along with life skills. In addition to food preparation, knife techniques, and recipe sizing, teamwork and conflict resolution are key.

Success is measured by the willingness to keep trying

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Fresh Starts graduate Lilyette Gallegos is a shining example that success is achievable. Unsure whether or not she would graduate high school, a career in culinary arts was only a dream. With a helping hand from Homeward Bound’s Fresh Starts Culinary Academy, hard work, and dedication, Lilyette was awarded for “Best All-Around Skills” and is now a high school graduate.

Currently employed at the Sausalito Yacht Club, she is an advocate and role model for anyone interested in getting a fresh start.

For more success stories visit: http://bit.ly/HomewardBoundSuccessStories

Giving Back

With over 60,000 nights of shelter provided last year, 343 beds offered in supportive housing, 72 students enrolled in culinary training, and $2.7 million saved through avoidable hospital stays, it is proven that Homeward Bound’s mix of “training, housing, and hope” goes a long way.

Whether it’s through volunteering or donating, community members have been partners to make ending homelessness a reality for many.

Join us for a special event July 27th: Stefano Masanti & V. Sattui Winery Offer Midsummer Menu

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V.Sattui Winery, in partnership with Michelin-starred chef Stefano Masanti, is joining forces to support the shelter, housing, and training programs at Homeward Bound of Marin. Inspired by their strong Italian roots, V.Sattui and Chef Masanti have created a Midsummer pairing menu, featuring the traditional flavors of Italy.

Menu: Chicken & Mushroom Ravioli | Beef Cheek with Mustard, Potato & Truffle Purée | Grandfather’s Vanilla Gelato with V. Sattui Madeira Zabaglione & Raspberries

Wines: Optional V. Sattui wine pairing or V. Sattui wines by the glass for an additional cost.

$60 per person – included a cooking demonstration, dinner.  Proceeds support the shelter, housing and training programs at Homeward Bound of Marin.

Tickets available here.  

Celebrate summer Italian-style with V.Sattui Winery & Chef Stefano Masanti!