JULY 2020: Drink In Summer!

JULY 2020:a bottle of liquid next to a glass with a liquid in it

In This Issue:
1. Re-opening During a Pandemic – Letter from Tom
2. New Outdoor Tasting Venues
3. V. Sattui goes Virtual
4. Yay for us! Winery of the Year
5. New Releases + Summer Wine Sale
6. Summer Wine Sale




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Two steps forward, one step back. It finally felt like we were coming back over the 4th of July holiday. Hotels were near 80% occupancy, most businesses had rehired all their furloughed employees, restaurants and wineries were full of guests, and there was a buzz in the valley that perhaps the worst was over. Then virtually overnight, our increasing case numbers prompted Governor Newsom to roll back inside dining at restaurants and inside wine tasting at wineries statewide.

The Pandemic has reminded me about the importance of change as it relates to the survivability of a business. History has taught us that businesses that are adept to changing market forces have a much higher probability of staying in business during a downturn than those businesses that stick with what has worked in the past and are risk adverse.

With this edict firmly entrenched in the culture of our winery, adapting to the new-world forces of a global pandemic is just another challenge to overcome. In 135 years of business, we have had our challenges: The Great Quake, Prohibition, Black Monday, the Dot-Com Crash, and the Great Recession of 2008; just to name a few! Locally we have survived floods, droughts, earthquakes, and wildfires. How the Pandemic measures up to the past events has yet to be fully written, but V. Sattui Winery will survive.

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First and foremost, the safety of our guests and employees has been our #1 priority and we have gone through nearly a full barrel of high-proof brandy (sanitizer) to prove it. Those that have watched our FACEBOOK LIVE broadcasts are well-aware of the protocols and sanitation procedures we have implemented to provide a safe and pleasurable visit. Our limited capacity, due to social distancing and other restrictions, has necessitated a reservation-based visitation model but has allowed us to provide great new experiences in non-traditional settings. We may have lost an underground wine cellar tasting, but we gained a vineyard lounge tasting surrounded by Estate vineyards and a 360-degree view of the valley – with table-side service!

We are fulfilled daily with appreciation and kindness from our guests. We know our efforts to provide you a little escape from the relentless pressures we are all feeling go a long way in giving back a little bit of what we’ve lost during this pandemic.

The Napa Valley is a very special place and is much more than just the great wine we grow. Please know V. Sattui Winery is here for you, to provide a safe and satisfying place to relish the things in life that bring us the most joy.

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Winery President Tom Davies



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What could be more blissful than sipping a cool, crisp glass of your favorite V. Sattui Wine in the sunshine on a warm summer day? And is there anything more relaxing than watching verdant vines wave gently in the afternoon breeze as you savor a spectacular Cabernet?

Join us and discover V. Sattui Winery like never before – in new venues deigned to meet this ever-evolving moment above and beyond expectations. Enjoy everything you love about V. Sattui Winery to the fullest — safely and securely in our new outdoor venues.

Our home, our happy place (and yours) – is OPEN for your enjoyment. Your slice of la vita del vino – the wine life – awaits… Book your experience today!

Members enjoy exclusive pricing on new vineyard tasting experiences!

Meet us Under the Oaksa man and woman at a table

If you crave a lively experience with the pace and mood of our classic Marketplace Tasting, our Under the Oaks Tasting is for you. Your favorite wine hosts will guide you through our portfolio as you take in summer vacation vibes beneath the big top under our ancient oaks. Belly up to the bar and enjoy a flight of five unforgettable wines. This casual, yet educational experience is our favorite “6-foot social” scene. Upgrades available. Treat yourself!

$35 per person | Reservation required | Daily from 9:30am to 4:30pm, 5:30pm on Saturdays

Get into the Grove

Tha man and a woman sitting at a table with wine glassesere is something magical about our Grove Tasting. The cool, shaded picnic grove nestled beneath oak and walnut trees, adjacent to Vittorio’s Estate Vineyard, is a welcoming respite from the heat of day. Settle in for a seated tasting hosted by our gracious wine educators and allow them to bring your flight to you as you enjoy the sights and sounds of the surrounding winery from your table in this lovely little alcove. Elevate your experience by treating yourself to top-tier Cabernets or an indulgent duo of locally made artisan chocolates… Or both! Tasting lasts approximately 45 minutes.

$45 per person | Reservation required | Daily from 10am to 4:30pm, 5:30pm on Saturdays | 21+ only

Luxuriate Among the Vines!a woman holding a bottle of wine

Stroll through our Italiante garden in full summer bloom as you make your way to our expansive Vittorio’s Vineyard Lawn. Home to our most iconic events from Lobsterfest to Harvest Ball, this lush green oasis now plays host to two elevated al fresco experiences you won’t want to miss…

Vineyard Lawn Tasting

Unwind under the shade of an oversized market umbrella at your table for two (or four) and settle in for a carefully-curated menu of five extraordinary wines. Your fixed selection begins with our 2012 Prestige Cuvee, Methode Champenoise and finishes with our essential Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon — hitting all the right notes in-between. Refresh your palate with an accompaniment of mixed olives and almonds as you take in the gorgeous view. Tasting lasts approximately 45 minutes.

$55 per person | Reservation required | Thursday – Monday from 10am to 4pm | 21+ only

Vineyard Lounge Tasting

a man and woman sitting at a table with flowers and a signSavor our most luxurious seated tasting in your own “private” vineyard lounge. Posh, cushioned furniture shaded by giant umbrellas beckon you to relax for a while as you leisurely sample through a preset menu of V. Sattui’s top Estate wine selections. This heavenly haven set amongst the vines on our Vittorio’s lawn is the idyllic place to swirl, sip and discover our most-coveted wines. Enjoy an accompaniment of mixed olives and almonds with your libations and elevate your experience with a cheese and charcuterie platter paired perfectly to your prix fixe wine menu. This experience comes with a warning: Once you lounge, it’s hard to leave…
Tasting lasts approximately 90 minutes.

$65 per person | Reservation required | Friday – Sunday from 10am to 4pm | 21+ only

Hold “Court” in the Cellar Club!women holding wine bottles

Our Member’s Cellar Club has come to the Cellar Courtyard!

While our beloved Cellar Club room is closed for Covid-19 prevention protocols, the Courtyard to our Italian-style stone building has become a lounge-like retreat for our most-esteemed guests – complete with bistro tables and multiple bars. Club Members enjoy complimentary tastings for themselves and up to 3 guests in this spacious outdoor venue. Choose from a diverse selection of award-winning wines and be sure to ask about 2019 Futures. These treasures aging in barrel are waiting to be thieved just for you! Not a member yet? Call 707-963-7774 to learn more.

Reservation recommended | Open Daily (spring through fall) 10am to 5pm
Additional guests of members $35 per person, based on availability.

Reserve Courtyard Tasting

Award-winning, single-vineyard wines, highly-coveted Reserves and elevated upgrades from our Michelin-Star Chef all in one place? Yes, all of this and more awaits you on our shaded Cellar Courtyard Terrace.

This inviting haven from the bustle below is home to our new Reserve Courtyard Tasting; a seated experience exclusively featuring selections from our top-tier portfolio. Immerse yourself in the history of V. Sattui Winery while you indulge in an unforgettable series of wines guided by our expert hosts. Take your flight to the next level with an indulgent accompaniment of sumptuous Salted Cod and Potato Croquettes or decadent Smoked Chipotle Ribs served hot from our Food Truck for just $10!

$55 per person | Reservation required | Saturdays from 11am to 4pm | 21+ only

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To say the COVID pandemic caused us to make some big changes around the winery would be a Nebuchadnezzar*-sized understatement. After initial shut-downs and slow re-openings, the strange quiet at the winery left us missing interactions with our guests. Inbound emails and phone calls from our devout members and fans revealed an abundance of interest in how WE were doing and curiosities as to what was going on at the winery.

With wine production operations still in full swing, spring blooming all over the property, and a talented staff hungry to share the V. Sattui experience… we were forced to find a new voice – a digital voice.

a group of blue and white circlesSattui took to the internet in ways that we never considered before! We began with a few short videos featuring President Tom Davies updating our audience on our status. Next, we launched a cooking series called “Quarantine Cuisine” hosted by our resident wine and food pairing expert, Marc Golick. This ventured quickly into streaming weekly LIVE Facebook Happy Hours featuring a variety of hosts from winery executives, chefs, wine hosts, members, growers, even a physicist! The demand from our fans to connect with their “Happy Place” was so great, we even started hosting private tasting sessions utilizing Zoom.

a red sign with white lettersAdditionally, our Wine-of-the-Month Club has recently launched a monthly “Thirsty Thursday” event streamed Live on Facebook. Members are welcome to “meet up” digitally and enjoy that month’s selections under the guidance of our favorite wine hosts, winemakers, guest members, and chefs. Viewers and members can expect a cooking demonstration of the recipe included in the monthly club newsletter along with a deep dive on the wines sent that month. Members need only to pour a glass and enjoy! We encourage audience comments and questions to really deliver the V. Sattui experience to your home. Expect plenty of engaging fun in each show. Our next Virtual Wine-of-the-Month Club “gathering” will be Thursday, August 20th at 3:00pm.

Keep an eye out for email notices of upcoming live-streamed shows so to stay in touch with Tom, Brooks, Marc, Stefano, and other familiar faces from around the winery.

*We don’t mean the longest-reigning monarch of the Neo-Babylonian Empire. We mean a gigantic wine bottle that can hold 15 liters of wine – almost two cases.

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labelIt’s no surprise to anyone reading this that we have great wine – with over 60 different selections available, there’s bound to be something for everyone! It turns out, when placed head-to-head against wines from around the world, critics and judges also agree that V. Sattui Winery consistently shines.

Despite all the challenges that 2020 has thrown our way, our wines are still being appreciated and recognized by wine writers and wine competitions alike. Each year, we submit our wines to be judged against some of the best in the world. We feel it’s important to measure the quality of our product and workmanship of our winemaking team. The benefit of proving a small family-owned winery in Napa Valley (known almost as much for its lush picnic grounds and delicious Italian deli) can go toe-to-toe with the best when it comes to ultra-premium wines.

logo, company namelogo, company nameThe results can’t be denied. This year so far, we have earned the coveted title of “Winery of the Year” at not one but TWO competitions – the Monterey Wine Competition and the San Diego International Wine and Spirits Challenge. Our wines came away with many distinguished accolades. At the Monterey Wine Competition, we earned 19 Gold+ medals, including BEST PINOT NOIR (95 Points and Platinum) for our 2018 Collina d’Oro Pinot Noir, and at the San Diego International Wine and Spirits Challenge, we were awarded 22 Gold+ medals and WINE OF THE YEAR (98 Points and Platinum) for our 2016 Vangone Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon and 2016 Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon. A two-way tie from the same winery! That’s impressive by anyone’s standards.

textIt’s not just the competitions that choose to showcase V. Sattui’s outstanding oenological selections. Publications such as the Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast, Wine and Spirits Magazine, California Grapevine, Ken’s Wine Guide and Connoisseurs’ Guide have all given our wines high marks for flavor, balance, complexity, and texture. In fact, Wine Enthusiast selected several of our wines as “Editors’ Choice” this year – including the 2017 Pilgrim Vineyard Zinfandel (93 Points) and the 2018 Anderson Valley Riesling (92 Points). Even our Futures – wines still aging in the barrel – were tasted and rated by the highly-respected critics at Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, and received stellar marks for our 2018 Morisoli Vineyard Cabernet (92-95 Points), the 2018 Mt. Veeder Cabernet (92-94 Points), the 2018 Petit Verdot (92-94 Points), and the 2018 Vangone Vineyard Cabernet (93-95 Points). The “future” is looking VERY bright for these 2018’s!



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Are you thirsting for a wine as crisp, clean and bright as a summer morning? Or perhaps you dream of something soft, sumptuous and silky? Then again, maybe something powerful, bold and cellar-worthy is calling your name…

We’ve got a bevy of extraordinary palate-pleasing new releases you’ll want to swirl, sip and savor all season long – including the inaugural vintage of our spectacular 2016 Vangone Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon… Get your corkscrew and wine glasses ready – this collection of wines is not to be missed!

2019 Dancing Egg Riesling, Estate: Fans be satiated – Dancing Egg Riesling has returned and it’s better than ever! The 2019 vintage is dry, crisp and delightfully balanced, benefiting from vinification in both stainless steel and its namesake concrete egg, which lends a refined texture and a touch of minerality to the wine. Exotic aromas of tropical fruit entice the nose while delicate flavors of pear and citrus dance across the palate with mouthwatering brightness and a clean, refreshing finish. Appealing to lovers of Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay as well as Riesling aficionados – our 2019 Dancing Egg Riesling is certain to be one of your go-to whites this season. $29 per bottle

2016 Vangone Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon: Nestled in the hills between Atlas Peak and Oakville at elevations between 900 and 1500 feet, Vangone Vineyard, established in 2012, has truly come into its own. Producing concentrated, intensely flavored and complex fruit — this distinct vineyard is proving to be well worth the wait.

Already critically acclaimed, our inaugural vintage of Vangone Cabernet is incredibly dark in the glass, hinting at the aromatic depth and deep flavor profile within. Layers of wild berries, blueberries and black cherry compote develop with each swirl revealing notes of cola, mocha and hints of earth. Flavors of blue and black fruit follow through as the wine glides across the palate with incredible freshness and finesse. Ripe, well integrated tannins and a long, lingering finish invite sip after sip. Enjoy this spectacular release now or cellar with confidence. $95 per bottle

WINE OF THE YEAR | 98 Points | Platinum – San Diego Int’l Wine Competition
94 Points & Double Gold – American Fine Wine Competition
90 Points & Gold – Winemaker Challenge
Double Gold Medal – SF Chronicle Wine Competition
92 Points – CA Grapevine
92 Points – James Suckling

2019 Bacci Rosato: Is it possible to capture the spirit of summer in a bottle? Think sun-sweetened strawberries, plump, juicy cherries, freshly cut nectarines and sugared peaches all wrapped up in the hue of a sunset… YES, it most definitely is. Our 2019 Bacci Rosato proprietary blend invites you to enjoy summer year round as you indulge in this succulent, fruit-laden refresher. Ripe aromas and flavors of fresh-off-the-vine fruit mingle with candied notes that linger pleasingly on the palate like the last rays of sunshine on a perfect August evening. Pair this lovely libation with a salad of watermelon, feta and basil sprinkled lightly with a balsamic reduction for another level of wonderful. $28 per bottle

2019 Bacci Bianco: Our second vintage of Bacci Bianco, a crisp yet unabashedly luscious proprietary white blend, is an intensely fragrant and indulgently flavorful journey in a glass. Escape to paradise as you take in exotic aromas of gardenias and guava on the nose followed by a delicious palate of decadent white peach, honeydew, and sweet citrus. This refreshing release is a delight all on its own while the interplay of mouthwatering acidity and lush, fruity flavors make Bacci Bianco the ideal pairing for the alluring cuisines of the Middle East, Asia, and India, as well as a wide variety of cheeses, Marcona almonds and honey-roasted figs. $27 per bottle




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