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.

A Wine Drinker’s Top 5 Resolutions for 2019

Attention all wine drinkers! This one’s for you. If you’re a wine-o, then your New Year resolutions list probably looks something like this: add more V. Sattui Winery to my life! Pretty accurate, right?

Resolution Number 1: Wine + Food Pairing Experience

You might have heard of this one before, and you’ve probably thought to yourself, “I really want to do this,” but still haven’t acted on it. Well, now that experiencing one of these popular pairings is on your resolutions list, let’s make it happen for you! This is way more than just a food pairing. Firstly, you are greeted by your host with a glass of our sparkling Prestige Cuvée and taken on a guided tour of our estate Vittorio Vineyard and production areas. You then make your way down to the underground barrel aging cellar where your preset seating pairing awaits at our long Italian tables. What happens next is magic.  Our wine expert will lead you through six mouth-watering seasonally-inspired culinary creations paired with six highly-awarded V. Sattui wines as you are educated on the flavor dance between fats and acids, salt and sweet, complements and contrasts. Step away from this experience understanding how food and wine improve when paired properly.  Reserve your seat now for February 16 or March 16 from 11 am – 1 pm and cross resolution number one off the list!

 

Resolution Number 2: Take a Tour of V. Sattui Winery

When you take a tour of V. Sattui Winery, you immediately become part of the family. Our welcoming and edu-taining hosts dive into our rich history while you discover your soon-to-be favorite V. Sattui wines all while taking in the Tuscan beauty of the property, estate vineyards, and manicured grounds. During the tour, you will learn about our winemaking practices, the Napa Valley Agricultural Preserve, and what it means to be a responsible steward of the land along with the rebirth of the winery following Prohibition. At the end of the tour, guests will be treated to a full complimentary tasting! Daily tours take place daily: Monday through Sunday; reservation required (resolution encouraged).

Resolution Number 3: Partake in a Junk Food + Cabernet Pairing

If you’ve read our previous Cabernet Season blog, you’ve heard of this one. Now you actually have an excuse to experience it for yourself while it’s on your resolutions list. The next time you come by the winery, be sure to upgrade your tasting to this one-of-a-kind seasonal experience. Your favorite junk foods paired with award-winning Cabernets — it’s a match made in heaven. This isn’t the only unique upgraded cabernet experience we’re offering either, the options are endless!

Resolution Number 4: Eat More Cheese!

Now this one’s easy! With over two hundred cheeses from all over the world in our Artisan Deli, you can fulfill this resolution all year long. Grab the crew, your favorite bottles of V. Sattui wine, as many cheeses as you can carry, and picnic right on the property. Our on-site cheesemonger will help you pick the perfect pairings. And for dessert, treat yourself to homemade tiramisu, crème brûlée, seasonal fruit tarts, or our own Italian-style gelato. It’s a new year, so why not indulge?

Resolution Number 5: Drink More (V. Sattui) Wine!

This one might be the most important on your resolutions list this year. It’s important to take time for yourself, relax after a long day, and enjoy a glass (or two) of your favorite V. Sattui wine. Even better – share it with friends!  We offer a variety of wine clubs to fit your liking, making it easy to drink more wine at home all year round. The best part, it’s delivered right to your door! Membership perks include invitations to the best parties in the Napa Valley.  In fact, Lobster Fest is just around the corner and sold out six weeks in advance last year!  Lock in your membership now to get your invitation to this member-only event.  Be sure to also check out our wine specials throughout 2019 as we are always offering amazing deals on our award-winning wines!

As you cross these resolutions off your list in the New Year, be sure to share your experiences with us and tag us on social media! Cheers to 2019!

Give the Gift of V. Sattui this Holiday Season

V. Sattui Winery – Making Spirits Brighter Since 1885

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

“For the Bird” – Turkey Holiday 4-pack

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

“For the Roast” – Roast Holiday 4-pack

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

“Oh, Sweet Madeira”

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

Corporate Gifting

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

Cheers!

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

I’d Rather Be In Napa

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

Yay For Gamay!

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

Custom Gift Tags

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

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

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 Golic, 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!

 

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.

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?

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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

 

V. Sattui’s Annual Italian Mid-Summer Festa

Have you ever dreamt about vacationing in Italy? Imagine yourself in the village of Toscana or Lombardiasurrounded by lively music, laughter, aromas of mouth-watering food, all while sipping on a Rosato Di Sangiovese. Well, what if we told you we could bring Italy to you? Join us for the annual V.Sattui Festa Italiana, a mid-summer Italian festival.

A unique summertime tradition in Italy, people line the streets to celebrate Summer Solstice. The word “solstice” derives from ancient Italian history meaning, “the sun stands still.” It’s an illusion that plays a significant role in long-standing legends and ceremonies within the Italian culture.

Catholicism is at the heart of many Italian festivals; old traditions are mixed with modern day experiences, making mid-summer an exciting time of year for a visit. From jumping over bonfires in honor of rites of water and fire (might want to leave this one to the locals), to parades through city centers and street vendors filling the air with seasonal smells reminiscent of summer– it’s an event you don’t want to miss.

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What’s an Italian celebration without food and wine? June, July, and August are all about fresh, vibrant flavors, a reflection of the abundant sunlight during harvest. Carrying on the tradition, V. Sattui Festa Italiana isn’t complete without a pig roast, complemented by dishes bursting with fresh herbs, garlic, and an Italian-must, wine.

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A wine country event you can’t refuseexperience a night under the stars as we celebrate mid-summer, Italian-style. Don’t worry, you don’t have to be Italian, we celebrate family, friends, and you– our V. Sattui Community.

Date: July 29, 2017

Time: 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Location: Under the oak trees at V. Sattui Winery

Dress: Casual Italian

Food & Wine: Enjoy a delicious meal courtesy of V. Sattui Winery and the Pig Man of Petaluma, paired with our award-winning wines.

Live Entertainment: Dance the night away to music by Nino L’Italiano.

Tickets are available here.

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.

 

Thanksgiving—At Least One Easy Decision is in the Box!

Are you counting your blessings?  Thanksgiving is just around the corner!   One of the questions we get asked most often is “what wine do I serve with Thanksgiving dinner”?  Well, we have created an easy answer for you!  The V. Sattui Thankgiving Box is bundled with four wines that go perfectly with a traditional holiday meal. These wines also offer a wide variety of flavors to please all of the palates at your table.  The V. Sattui Thanksgiving Box is available for $89, and is available in our Tasting Room or online, and shipped to your door.

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The beautiful cranberry color of this wine alone sets a festive atmosphere on the table!  Add the bright and fruity flavors of strawberry, tropical fruit, and cranberry and you have a great pairing for turkey, cranberry sauce, and sweet potatoes.  It’s also great with smoked salmon and cured meats, which you may have as appetizers to kick off your feast.  Gamay Rouge is a crowd-pleaser– both light, and festive!

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Wine experts agree Riesling is a perfect pick for Thanksgiving.  Our semi-sweet Dry Riesling has a fruity, floral quality that partners well with everything from salty appetizers, to sweet potatoes to an herb-roasted turkey.

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This versatile wine pairs with many different turkey preparations, stuffing recipes, and a spectrum of side dishes.  The gentle tannins also marry well with green vegetables such Brussels sprouts, leafy greens such as kale, chard or spinach, as well as the classic green bean casserole!

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This sweet, slightly bubbly, low-alcohol wine is a nice way to start the celebration with cheeses and charcuterie. However it’s also a great pair with pumpkin or apple pie, or bread pudding.

 

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!

Discovering Stefano, Raffaella, and Il Cantinone

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Stefano and Raffaella in the kitchen of their restaurant, Il Cantinone, in Madesimo, Italy.

This week we are getting ready to host our first Pop-Up Dinner with Chef Stefano Masanti and his wife, Raffaella.  Our winery president, Tom Davies, met Stefano and Raffaella a few years ago while traveling with his wife and daughter through Italy.  It was actually Tom’s daughter, Michaela, who chose the small, charming hotel in the town of Madesimo as their destination.  Little did the Davies family know that stop would include one of the most delicious and memorable meals, and would lead to a long friendship between the two families, and now, their businesses too.  

Michaela shares her version of discovering Stefano, Raffaella, and their Il Cantinone Restaurant:

I first met Stefano Masanti and Raffaella Mazzina when I was traveling in Italy with my parents. We were staying in Sesto Calende, near where my family originated, and not sure of our next move. As a fourteen year old flipping through guidebooks, my criteria for a hotel exhausted itself at ‘has a pool’. However, something about the Sport Hotel Alpina, located in the Italian Alps, stuck; I shared this with my parents and we headed there the next day.

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One of Stefano’s creative dishes served at Il Cantinone.

When we arrived, we found the hotel also had a small restaurant called Il Cantinone.  Shortly after arriving we ordered food. Lots of food. The best food I have ever had. Stefano prepared his tasting menu for us, which essentially entails course after course of creativity and the juxtaposition of wonderful flavor profiles. Raffaella, an exceptional Sommelier, carefully selected and poured each wine. While my mother and I had to bow out after a handful of courses, my father continued to taste well into the double-digits. Even as a young teenager, I considered that meal one of the most impressive experiences I have ever been part of.

Harvest Ball. I knew Stefano and Raffaella were special when they simply said “yes”. While I was undoubtedly excited for the beginning of the relationship between Stefano and Raffaella and V. Sattui, I had no idea what that would ultimately mean to me.

Each year from April to November, Stefano and Raffaella join us as our in-house special events chef and catering manager, respectively. Following my graduation from college last May, I began working alongside Stefano and Raffaella at V. Sattui. I always had a deep respect for their relationship and partnership with the Winery and my family; however, I did not expect that a year later Stefano and Raffaella would be among my dearest friends.

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Stefano at work at V. Sattui’s Harvest Ball in September, 2014.

Stefano and Raffaella share both their goodness and talent with everyone and to be honest, it is hard to say which outshines the other. Among the most humble and generous people I know, Stefano and Raffaella also boast monumental accomplishments in the world of food and hospitality.

In addition to Stefano receiving a Michelin star, their restaurant, Il Cantinone, was named the best Italian restaurant that promotes local food and farmers by Gambero Rosso, a well-respected food and wine publication. Furthermore, Il Cantinone was selected as one of the best 60 restaurants in Italy and top 10 in Lombardia by L’Espresso Guide. Stefano is also Vice President of “CHIC, Charming Italian Chef”, one of the most important chefs’ associations of this time. Finally, Stefano was awarded Italian Chef of the Year for the promotion of Italian culture at the 2014 Merano Wine Festival.

I am so happy they have become family to both me and to the Winery I was raised in, and that we now have the opportunity to share their magic and the exceptionality of their restaurant with you at the Il Cantinone Pop-Up Dinner! Trust me, you do not want to miss this one.

April Showers Bring May Flowers to Weddings in Wine Country!

Love isn’t the only thing in bloom this time of year! Here at V. Sattui we’re not only surrounded by our lush and beautiful gardens, but by the many stunning flower arrangements we see at all of our weddings! To celebrate spring and all the beauty it brings, we wanted to highlight some of our favorite wedding florals. Big thanks to photographer Shannon Stellmacher for preserving these flowers with your photos!

White is a timelessly classic look, and we love how these white flowers add a little pop of life to this elegant table setting.

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For those who prefer color, why not opt for mismatched bouquets?

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If traditional isn’t really your thing, we love the mostly green bouquets we’ve been seeing lately. It’s a fun way to add a trendy and natural touch to your look!

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Flowers aren’t just for bouquets! We love the way this couple used flowers as an aisle and a back drop.

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Viva Moscato!

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Happy Moscato Day! Millions of folks on the northern side of the Mediterranean Sea from Portugal and Spain to Italy and Greece can’t be wrong as it is widely grown and enjoyed. For many, a sip of Moscato is like a sip of sunshine. You just have to smile.

One place on which the wine world’s spotlight shines is Asti in Northern Italy’s Piemonte Region. Here, Asti Spumante is produced, which is moscato refermented into a sparkling wine with the same effervescent pressure as a Champagne – La Spuma is “the foam” in Italian. Numerous places throughout Italy produce a sparkling wine with less effervescence (about the same as Prosecco) called Moscato Frizzante – La frizza means “the gas” in Italian.

V. Sattui Moscato is fashioned in a very Italian style and the wine is “carbonated” naturally by a second fermentation in a sealed stainless steel tank which does not allow the natural bubbles to escape; just like Spumante. Fermenting in a bottle creates a yeasty wine because of the wine’s intimate contact with yeast. Fermenting in a much larger vessel reduces yeast contact to the point where the wine’s delicate fruitiness remains essentially intact.proscuitto-wrapped-figs

Our Moscato Frizzante exudes the personality of the Muscat grape with peach, orange blossoms and melon. La Frizza creates a lovely edge in the wine which prevents the subtle sweetness from being cloying. A marvelous dessert wine on a hot summer night.

Please DO attempt this at home: cut a little pocket in a Mission fig and stuff it with a semi soft goat cheese. Wrap with prosciutto and affix it to the fig with a water soaked toothpick. Grill until the cheese runs a bit and the prosciutto becomes crisp. Place on a platter, serve V. Sattui Moscato and stand back so that you can watch your guests’ knees buckle.

Wineries and Weddings, A Match Made in Heaven (AKA Wine Country)

Vineyards and wineries have long evoked notions of romance. Their rustic, vintage charm and earthy atmosphere create a magical setting unlike any other. It’s no surprise that an increasing number of brides-to-be are jumping on the winery wedding bandwagon these days, especially in California. Here at V. Sattui, we’re proud to share our beautiful landscape with our brides and grooms, and are thrilled to help make their special day extra beautiful. We love every aspect of the weddings we host here in wine country, but we’ll narrow it down here to our top 5 favorite reasons! Also, special thanks to photographers Richard Wood and Ken Viale for capturing these moments!
1. Gorgeous Landscapes in Every Season
Between the lush green leaves of spring and summer, the spectacular crimson and gold leaves of fall, and the delicate cover crop flowers of winter, our vineyards serve as a stunning backdrop during every season!

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2. Rustic Charm
The rustic atmosphere of a winery takes you back in time to simpler days, and evokes a cozy, intimate feeling.

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3. Wineries are a Perfect Setting for Beautiful Florals
What’s a wedding without beautiful flowers, right? Here at V. Sattui, our natural landscape perfectly complements beautifully crafted floral arrangements.

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4. We Love Wine!
Everyone looks forward to sipping on something delicious at a wedding, and winery weddings definitely cater to that need! In a time when the “farm to table” trend is so popular, why not carry it through with “vineyard to glass”?

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5. Wineries Offer Unique and Personal Options for Décor
It’s fun to tie in decorations and party favors with the theme of the venue!

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Sweet Emotions at V Sattui Winery Weddings

Weddings are truly joyous occasions. The dresses, the food, reuniting with friends and family, and all the other details that come together in a wedding, all add up to a really great party. Weddings are more than just a fun party though, they’re also very personal and emotional. At V. Sattui, we’re lucky to get to share these emotions with our couples by laughing along with their funny memories, witnessing moments that tug at our heartstrings, and experiencing what makes each couple unique. Here are a few of our favorite memories, captured by photographers Richard Wood and Ken Viale, that display some of these emotions.

This groom, overcome with emotion, can’t believe his luck when he sees his bride for the first time.

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Though it is amazing to be surrounded by friends and family, it’s important to take a moment to catch your breath and cherish the special moments before you say “I do”.

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A wedding is emotional for everyone involved, not just the bride and groom, as displayed by these proud parents.

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This happy bride is excited to celebrate her new marriage and her love of V. Sattui wine. Cheers!

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There is nothing more sweet and tender than a first dance, and knowing you’ve found your forever dance partner.

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This bride is literally jumping for joy, as she has found a man to sweep her off her feet!

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Celebrating 40 years of Doing Business in the Napa Valley!

Today we celebrate the day V. Sattui winery opened its doors in Napa Valley, 40 years ago!

A Dream Come True

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Vittorio Sattui, founder of V. Sattui Winery and Dario Sattui’s Great Grandfather

Dario Sattui’s Great Grandfather originally started V. Sattui Winery in San Francisco in 1885.  The winery was forced to close in 1920 when Prohibition became law.  But on March 4, 1976, Dario’s dream of resurrecting the family winery in Napa Valley became a reality.  He remembers opening day well.

“I was really nervous,” says Dario.  “My wife at the time thought opening a winery was a crazy idea.  I was optimistic.  I knew I was willing to work hard, and I had dreamed of reopening my great grandfather’s winery for years.  We made $141 in 9 hours on that first day.  We collected it in a wooden box since we didn’t even have a cash register.  I started to think maybe my wife was right.”

But Dario persisted.  At the end of the first year he’d sold 1800 cases and made a small profit.  But it came at a cost.  Dario and his wife lived very frugally.  At one point he needed to store barrels of wine, and the only extra space he had was the living room of the tiny house behind the winery.  The weight of the barrels was so heavy, the floor started to sink, and eventually the foundation had to be fixed!

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Tom Davies- President of V. Sattui Winery

“You name it, we didn’t have it,” says Tom Davies, who was hired in 1980 and one of the first 10 employees at the winery.  Today, he is the President and a co-owner of V. Sattui.  “When we used the phone, we called people collect most of the time.  We used pitch forks to move our grapes into the hopper during harvest.  We didn’t have equipment for that.”

The small winery crew even corked and labeled their bottles of wine by hand.

Innovation Leads to Success

Although budgets were tight, Tom says it was a thrilling time to be at V. Sattui and in the wine industry.

“I wanted to be in the wine business, and it was exciting!  Any given day we were doing something different, and we were learning as we were doing it.  There was a lot of innovation and we were pioneers.  We had to be.”

That innovation led to V. Sattui being one of the very first wineries to start a wine club and events for members like our annual Harvest Ball.  V. Sattui was the first in Napa Valley to offer wine futures, host weddings, and create our world-famous Italian deli, expansive cheese case, and gorgeous picnic grounds.

Rick Rosenbrand, Dario Sattui
V. Sattui’s first winemaker, Rick Rosenbrand tastes a barrel sample with Dario Sattui

Success followed.  In 1983 V. Sattui won its first medal- a bronze for a Chardonnay.

“I was the winemaker, and I wasn’t a very good one,” says Dario.  “I couldn’t afford a winemaker, so I learned from my mistakes, and got help from people along the way.  I was elated when we won a bronze medal!”

The medals kept coming, and in 1990 Dario promoted Rick Rosenbrand, to winemaker, whose father was also a winemaker at Beaulieu Vineyard.  Eventually Brooks Painter was hired as winemaker and continues his reign today, making 60 different wines.  Just recently V. Sattui’s 2014 Los Carneros Chardonnay received a 92-point score from the Wine Spectator and won the Sweepstakes for White Wines at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.  The SF Chronicle Competition also awarded us two “Best of Class” categories, 4 Double Gold medals, and 11 Gold medals.   We believe our winemaking skills have definitely matured with us!

Brooks Painter
Brooks Painter, V. Sattui’s current winemaker

Future

Dario and Tom plan for V. Sattui to continue making the best wines we can, and will continue to provide a great experience when you come to visit us.  The V. Sattui staff loves to share things we love: good wine, hand-crafted foods, and gathering with friends.  We plan to keep doing that for at least the next 40 years!