Our Hall of Fame members are very special to V. Sattui Winery. Each year we invite a few extraordinary devotees to be part of our extended family as a thank you for their unwavering loyalty and support.
Greg and Karen Stanovich
In 1988, our search for a winery wedding venue ended at V. Sattui. Although weddings were not yet common at the winery, Tom Davies made us feel completely at home. He focused on what was possible and helped us visualize exactly what we had in mind. As a matter of fact, Tom became our “wedding planner.” Our family and friends are still talking about that evening! We live dangerously close, so it’s common for us to stop by for a tasting and visit with our favorite Cellar Club crew; Jay, Bob and Janet. In the beginning we brought home a selection of bottles (1988 vintages) to celebrate our anniversary. Over the past 32 years, that has expanded to cases of our go-to Family Red and an occasional case of Sauvignon Blanc. Of course, we have our favorites; Mt. Veeder and Morisoli Cabs. Love those Futures! The Gold Room has been the venue for many intimate and memorable tastings with family, friends, colleagues and guests checking off the Napa Valley from their bucket list. Jay Griffin always teaches us something, pours great wines and pairs just the right foods. Everyone enjoys when Tom is also able to join us. His knowledge of winemaking adds to the one-of-a-kind experience. V. Sattui is where we’ve gone to celebrate special events in our lives. Along with our own wedding, in 2009, it was the venue for our daughter’s wedding; the first, second-generation wedding on the property. In 2019 we celebrated plans for our son’s wedding. The winery was also the venue for a 50-person tasting, tour and dinner we were asked to arrange for a group from across the county. We’ve attended many winery events – always a fun experience with good food, good people and of course great wine! In the end, what really brings us back are the people, who we’ve grown to think of as family.
Gregg and Angela Furtaw
Twenty five years ago I planned a trip to California to visit my good friend from childhood and to play golf at Pebble Beach. He and his wife decided I needed to fill out my trip with a visit to the Napa Valley. Having grown up on the East Coast, working for a construction company, I knew a lot about beer but little if anything about wine. We had already visited a number of big-named wineries when they said, “Let’s go get something to eat.” They took me to V. Sattui Winery. We grabbed a bite to eat, in what reminded me of a South Philadelphia Italian deli, then we went downstairs to the cellar for a private tasting. Two or three hours later I understood the difference between Cabernet, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, and Chardonnay. I ordered a few mixed cases, intrigued that V. Sattui wines could not be purchased in stores back home. Since then, we have returned a half dozen times learning more about the winemaking process with each visit. Our most memorable trip included a tour of the facility, the vineyards, and a private wine tasting with food pairing in the Gold Room (our children tasted grape juice while we drank wine). That experience felt like a grad class on acidity, body, and tannins in wine. Since we live 3,500 miles away we figured it was easier to bring V. Sattui to us. We started buying wine Futures, large formats, and we officially made V. Sattui our corporate wine to gift to our clients at Christmas. With the help of Timaree (Tim) O’Brien's guidance we have grown to love the full-bodied reds like the Paradiso, Morisoli, Preston, and Mount Veeder Cabernets and since I am still a construction guy, Timaree is always steering me straight, educating me on what years the climate made better. We are so happy that our friends took us to that small, family-owned boutique V. Sattui Winery all those years ago, whose excellent quality and attention to detail has made V. Sattui a staple in in the lives of my family, friends, and clients.
Jeff and Julia Fish
We began visiting the Napa Valley in the late 80’s and the locals told us we had to go to V. Sattui. Back then, we thought the white zin in the box was the “good stuff”. After getting our palates introduced to the great variety of V. Sattui wines, we were hooked! Jeff specifically remembers his first taste of Howell Mountain Zin. “How do you get pepper in grape juice!?!?!”. We became Wine-of-the-Month club members and started visiting at least once a year. Some of our fondest memories were spent in the Gold Room with friends and family and our hosts Jay, Bob, and Janet. Especially the ‘girls’ trip’ - Bob had us laughing until our stomachs hurt! Julia’s sister claimed the ‘Razzamoti Zin’ as her favorite! That continues to be a family joke and that sister gets a case of Ramazzotti Zin every year as a gift (yeh futures!). We feel fortunate to have attended many events at V. Sattui. From the Winemaker’s Dinner, President’s Dinner, and the granddaddy of them all, the Harvest Ball – which we attended for the first time 6 years ago and now plan our lives around it! Whether we are relaxing at home, hosting a neighborhood get together, or on our boat on Lake Minnetonka we always enjoy V. Sattui wines. We have become the unofficial V. Sattui ambassadors to Minnesota! The list of our favorite V. Sattui wines is long – Carsi and Collina d’Oro Chardonnay, Preston and Morisoli Cabernet, and of course, Howell Mountain and Ramazzotti Zin. The Vintage Port and Madeira are killer on those cold Minnesota winter nights! Thank you to Dario, Tom, Brooks, and the team at V. Sattui for the great wines and this incredible honor! A special thanks to Stacey and Deanna in the futures department for ensuring our futures order is placed every year!
Gary and Janice Van Groningen
With Central Valley agriculture backgrounds and a ‘few’ enology classes from Fresno State, Gary and I felt ready to experience Napa wine country in the early 80's. On our first visit to V. Sattui Winery, we were greeted by a tall, thin man named “Daryl [Sattui],” wearing rubber boots and “pulling lines.” We instantly felt right at home in this atmosphere and that’s when and where our relationship with the great reds of V. Sattui began. On our visits, we especially enjoyed barrel tasting, purchasing futures, and wine pairings offered at V. Sattui. As a retired farmer and an educator, we appreciate the myriad factors, from soil to science, parcels to practices, that affect each wine and vintage. Thus, Howell Mtn. Zin has been a long-time favorite. Morisoli Cabernet is another jewel that we’ve enjoyed for decades… and hope to enjoy for a few more. Throughout the years, we have continued to grow our relationship with folks at the winery, not only on our visits and at special events with Tom, John, and Jay, but by through correspondence with Chris and Debbie every month when we chat about our shipment and what's new in our lives. As we open our home to family and friends, we can always count on a superb bottle of V. Sattui to be accompanied by a hearty meal, many laughs, and memories shared around the table.
Dan and Julie Wheeler
V. Sattui has been my favorite winery since visiting for the first time in 1992. Having graduated from Chico State, I felt right at home in the social atmosphere of the tasting room, and the Chico State Alumni (none other than Tom Davies) who served the best grape ever to my future wife (Julie) and I. V. Sattui Wine has been present in several milestones in my life, including my marriage to Julie, birthday parties, friend celebrations, company parties, and so many awesome tasting events. Julie and I feel very fortunate to have met Tom Davies many years ago, and we have enjoyed his company every time we visit the winery. Thank you Dario Sattui, Tom Davies, Stacey Monaghan, and the entire team at V. Sattui for the recognition and great times Julie and I always have during our visits.
Rodger and Bernie Ames
It was 2004 when I was working in Sacramento and discovered V. Sattui Winery from a rack card at one of those kiosks. Not a wine drinker by any means, I thought it would be an adventure… and an adventure it has been! We ended up in the Cellar Club room when we first arrived. You know the place – under the stone tower, where all the cool kids go. There was a sign posted “Club Members Only,” which I completely ignored and went in. It wasn’t busy there and the wine host was more than kind and let us stay. Life changing. We did the standard tasting from white to red to sweet and I immediately became a wine expert! I loved the idea I could buy wine and use it for gifts for all my clients. I bought the sparkling Moscato and Gamay Rouge; 5 cases total - BOOM!! On my way out, the club host told me to learn and enjoy the adventure, then added two bottles of the coveted Steve Lee Cabernet Sauvignon and said, “Save these bottles for a day in the future when your palate matures and enjoy.” Since then my love for wine has grown more each day. I read and try everything and now my love for V. Sattui wine is endless.
Sherman & Nancy Martinez
Over a decade ago our romance blossomed after visiting California wine country. It was at our favorite vineyard, V. Sattui Winery, that we began our commitment to our home wine cellar and eventually our lives together. We have enjoyed experiencing a wide variety of wines from V. Sattui through the Wine-of-the-Month Club with emphasis on their killer reds. It was at the Winemaker's Dinner in 2013 where we met Brooks Painter and began cultivating a deeper appreciation for the single-vineyard wines produced by V. Sattui Winery. The Preston Cabernet Sauvignon is our go-to favorite for special occasions. While we are unable to travel to the Napa Valley as often as we like, we were honored by a private wine tasting with Tom Davies shortly after he learned of the San Francisco Int’l Wine Competition recognizing Brooks as Winemaker of the Year. We tasted the 2014 vintage wines straight from the barrel! The knowledge and appreciation we gained from that tasting sealed our desire to invest in V. Sattui’s wine Futures which has helped our wine cellar collection grow into the extended future. We live in the beautiful state of Colorado with spectacular vistas and awe-inspiring sunsets to which we celebrate life's simple joys with a toast elevated by V. Sattui wines.
Sue and Andy Benton II
Andy first visited V. Sattui Winery in the Spring of 1980 and over the years, he and Sue have confirmed the affectionate old Italian saying, “Amici e vino devono essere vecchi!! (Friends and wine must be old!!)” Franca taught us this on our first trip V. Sattui trip to the Tuscany-Umbria areas of Italy in 2013. A highlight on this trip was sampling various Brunello wines with Dario at his Monastero di Coriano in Tuscany! We have enjoyed visiting the Napa Valley area wine country and V. Sattui, in particular, many times over the years. We’ve introduced friends to these great wines too. Though we’re 1,600 miles away, Stacy Monaghan is great at keeping us well supplied with our favorite selections. We fondly remember Dick Ciapponi and a private wine tasting he orchestrated for us. The Family Red and Cabernet are “everyday” favorites, but we do enjoy from time to time a special bottle of Preston Vineyard Cab, Vittorio’s Vineyard Cab, Entanglement or others. Gamay Rouge with Thanksgiving Turkey dinner – has become our tradition. And what great Madeira and Port for after dinner! “Life is too short to drink bad wine!”
Bob and Lillian Rohl
V. Sattui was the winery Bob and Lillian visited on their very first trip to the Napa Valley after moving to Northern California in 2005. New to wine and open to learn, it was their V. Sattui wine host who made their first tasting experience personal as well as educational; each sample described in detail from swirling, to the nose, to the taste. A break from wine tasting took them to the deli and another level of taste sensations—with a variety of cheeses to sample, the artisan lunch specialties and recalling how everyone was helpful, pleasant and friendly. They had so much fun that the Rohls returned several times and soon became Cellar Club members. They like to recall their first Club visit, where they became acquainted with Chris Rota. He could answer every question, explain pairing wines with food, and how to get the very best out of each wine. The Rohls made many friends at V. Sattui, including winery employees - like Chris, Jay, and Amanda- and others just visiting the winery. Bob and Lillian bought 10 cases that first day in the Cellar Club, and make many return trips to their “second home”. On their visits they look forward to the seeing their staff “family”, tasting the wine, sampling from the new barrels of Futures, and usually take the time to enjoy a bottle of wine and delicacies from the Marketplace.
Gary and Tammy Tollefson
“Honey, the sign says “Members Only’,” warned Tammy. Unfazed, Gary entered the Cellar Club where a team of V. Sattui wine tenders greeted the couple, “Hi! Are you folks members?” Gary said, “No, but you can make us members.” That was April of 2001; the beginning of Gary and Tammy’s long-standing V. Sattui Winery relationship. There are two reasons why the Tollefsons remain loyal V. Sattui members: 1) A consistently great product and 2) An outstanding team at V. Sattui who have become dear friends. Sattui’s broad portfolio of zinfandels continue to be their favorite wines to order, at a frequency of two to four cases every month or so.When planning an event, Gary will call their dedicated Wine Consultant, Stacey Monaghan, affectionately nicknamed his ‘wine girl’. She assists with everything from designing the perfect wine and food pairing menu to selecting wines based on the tastes of their guests. Gary enjoys the opportunity to brag about Team V. Sattui. “You have a wine girl?” his guests ask. “Yes, and so should you!”
Rick and Gail Thornberry
Rick and Gail were married in St. Louis, uprooted themselves in 1982, and moved to Napa to start their own business. They soon discovered V. Sattui Winery and became friends with Daryl (Dario) and Tom who was always in the barebones tasting room pouring wines. So impressed with the affordable quality of the wines, they annually send them as Christmas gifts to their best clients.Then along came their daughter, Stacey, who was carried along to their tastings and indoctrinated into the V. Sattui culture and family. Her childhood dream was realized on Nov. 11, 2016 when she married her sweetheart, Colin, on the Tower lawn at the winery. Stacey and Colin have also become great fans of the winery. For more than 30 years the Thornberrys have purchased futures and enjoy attending Fiesta Italiana, the Barrel Tasting and Crush Parties. Favorite wines include Morisoli and Preston Cabernet Sauvignons and Black-Sears Vineyard Zinfandel. Rick and Gail have been members of the President’s Club for many years and are friends with so many wonderful employees who make it a point to include them as part of the V. Sattui Winery family.
Doug and Cathy Bowman
Doug and Cathy Bowman reside in Fernley, Nevada (35 miles east of Reno). Cathy is a retired school administrator and Doug is COO of the company that manufactures and distributes diving boards to all competition venues in the world…including every Olympics since 1960. “We found V. Sattui completely by chance…on a bus tour. It soon became our preferred winery by far.” Doug entertains business guests from all over the world at V. Sattui. “The wow factor when bringing important guests to V. Sattui cannot be overstated. On my very first use of the Gold Room, Tom, wearing his familiar straw hat, unexpectedly popped in with a couple of charcuterie platters. He stayed and conversed with my guests for half an hour! The entire staff always makes us feel special. Still, in the end, it is and must always be about the wine. My cellar has, by far, more V. Sattui than any other wine. Cathy and I especially love the bold, earthy cabs…and of course Paradiso.”
David and Mary Stark
For over 20 years, David & Mary Stark have been visiting V. Sattui winery celebrating numerous family events and making new memories. “From one of our first visits, where Jay took the time to guide us on a personal tour and tasting, we have been made to feel like we were part of a larger family and always welcome. For our 10th anniversary, we brought over 20 friends and family to the winery, where Chris and Chef Girardo created some amazing pairings for the group in the Vittorio Roomtruly a special memory. On another family outing, Tom treated us to a special tour and tasting at the fermentation egg. From crush parties to picnics on the lawn, V. Sattui has remained our go-to winery. We look forward to many more celebrations with family, friends, and, of course, excellent wines!”
Bob and Denise Schleizer
Bob and Denise stopped in at Sattui Winery on a getaway weekend in 1984. “We drove our motorcycle from Half Moon Bay and saw people picnicking on the lawn on a beautiful summer day. It has held a special place in our hearts ever since. We celebrated our 30th anniversary at the 30th anniversary Harvest Ball. Sattui has become our house wine and we love them all from Sauvignon Blanc to Madeira. We have been Cellar Club members for decades and have introduced hundreds of people to the winery through our annual Christmas gifts of Sattui wine over the past 6 years to all of our valued company referral sources. We know many that have become club members and make a trip to Sattui Winery a destination point when they travel to California. Our six children have continued the tradition and all love the wine!”
Ivan and Joan Winland
Ivan and Joan Winland were first introduced to V. Sattui wines in 1992 when their daughter gave them 2 bottles of V. Sattui wine after a trip to the wine country. In 1995, after hearing all about the wonderful winery, they made sure to include a stop at V. Sattui while vacationing in California. They loved the beautiful grounds, the friendly staff, the wine shop and of course the wines! They even enjoyed a picnic that day at the winery’s picnic grounds. Ivan and Joan quickly became wine of the month members and were excited to attend the 1997 Harvest Ball. Over the years, they have had several “favorite” wines and are currently enjoying the Los Carneros Pinot Noir and Dry Riesling for their everyday “Happy Hour!” V. Sattui wines and sparking wines have always been part of their gatherings and celebrations as they love to share the wine with their family and friends.
Chris and Deborah Gallagher
Chris Gallagher and his wife, Deborah, are lucky enough to live just over the mountains from the Napa Valley, in the friendly town of Vacaville. “Our long relationship with V. Sattui winery started on a chance visit on Easter of 1995. We stopped in for a family picnic and fell in love with the place. The wine was excellent and the staff was so friendly and made us feel as if we had been coming there for years. Everyone at the winery is like family. Each time we visit our first stop is the cellar, usually to taste some of our futures to see how they are maturing and visit with all our friends. Next stop is a trip upstairs to see all our friends there and get food for a picnic. We love adventure cycling and at least once per year make the ride over the mountain to picnic. We have so many fond memories of all the fantastic wines, good food, and fun events over the years and look forward to many more,” they state. The picture is from their 10-day bicycle trip around the province of Abruzzo, Italy, where they pedaled from the Appenine mountains to the Adriatic Sea.
Marlon & Jeri Wells
Marlon & Jeri Wells dubbed V. Sattui their "home winery" in 1993 on their very first trip to the Napa Valley. Jeri said the tasting room staff made them feel like family from the very first pour. That trip included the first of many picnic lunches on the winery grounds with foods from our Artisan Deli and a great bottle of Riesling. Their favorite V. Sattui wines also include our Preston Vineyard Zin, Anderson Valley Pinot, Paradiso, and our Vintage Port. “Those trips are magical memory-makers we'll never forget,” says Marlon. “After 23 years, we remain loyal to V. Sattui not only because of its fantastic wines, but because of its people, who continuously amaze us with their passionate, knowledgeable and caring attitudes.”
Jeffery and Gail Johnson
Jeff and Gail first visited V.Sattui Winery 10 years ago when they went to visit their oldest son, Aaron, and his wife, Megan, in San Jose. “We researched wineries to visit in Napa Valley and found V. Sattui was ranked #1 on a travel website,” says Gail. “On that first visit we experienced a tasting, and became members, joining the wine of the month club and we bought our first futures. We have bought magnums to celebrate many milestones, and we buy cases for holiday gifts requested by our children and friends.” The Johnsons recently made their dream of having a nicely stocked wine cellar a reality. Now they love to show off their V. Sattui collection including Jeff's favorite, the 2006 Henry Ranch Merlot, and Gail’s favorite, our Preston and Morisoli Cabernets. They also enjoy V. Sattui’s ports.
John & Rhonda Stewart
In 1992, V. Sattui was the very first California winery John & Rhonda Stewart ever visited. Clearly we made an impression, because in June of 1993, they were married in the sunken courtyard outside the barrel room. They have continued the tradition for the last twenty years, visiting V. Sattui annually, enjoying a wine country picnic with a feast from our Artisan Deli and their favorite picnic wine, Gamay Rouge. “It is not far off to feel like Norm from the television show, ‘Cheers’ when come,” says Rhonda. “Jay, David, and Tom welcome us, update on the latest happenings, and pour a taste of something special, oftentimes, something not on the tasting list that day.”
Caitie O’Shea made her first journey to V. Sattui Winery in 1978 when she met owner, Dario Sattui. He was at the winery by himself, busy bottling and labeling his wine. She says he still took time to graciously answer her questions, and help guests. “That warmth and hospitality continues today and adds to the enjoyment of the superior wines offered,” says Catie. “V. Sattui wines have been a part of many celebrations in my life!” Over the years Caitie has introduced friends and her large family to V. Sattui wines and ships cases to several states. For the past few years, Caitie has also brought her family to the Harvest Ball as their Christmas gift.
Kenneth & Lisa Kwietniak
The Kwietniaks are fortunate to live only 45 minutes from the Winery, but they still get excited every time they’re planning a visit for tasting in the Cellar. Kenneth discovered V. Sattui during his first visit to Napa Valley in 1994. It was an unforgettable experience, cementing V. Sattui as his favorite winery from then on. Over many memorable visits with family and friends, he credits the fun and knowledgeable Sattui staff with developing his insight and appreciation for wines. They love that V. Sattui continues to offer new wines to try.
Mark and his wife of 27 years, Susan, were turned on to V. Sattui by a good friend of his and longtime member of ours, Will William. He and Susan have enjoyed several great V. Sattui wines from Will’s cellar, until one day he and Susan made the trip out to Napa and made a stop at V. Sattui Winery. He has been buying wines from us ever since, and loves the assistance of his personal wine consultant, Jim Montalbano, who is always very helpful with purchases.
Martin Smith and his wife, Diana, have had some great times with us at the winery. "It started with Dario at the 1986 Harvest Ball going to the back to bring out special magnums of Preston (Cabernet) to share on a fold-out table while we were all in black tie, to touring the Castle while it was still being built and asking my daughter to sing down in the cellars, to climbing around the inventory looking for that special bottle, to where you all are now. From the tasting room, to everyone at V. Sattui we have met over the years: Jay (Griffin), Chris (Rota), Donn (Ledwick), Bob (Cuozzo), Timaree (O’Brien) . . . we have had a great time enjoying the camaraderie and good cheer that always seems present with good wine.”
Dr. Augustine Eze
Dr. Augustine Eze resides in Gastonia, NC with his wife, Theresa. He was first introduced to the winery in 1999, during a short conference in the San Francisco area. The good doctor says he “toured the winery and fell in love” with our wines. Not only does he enjoy drinking our wines himself, but he loves introducing his friends to the wines and the winery, as well.
Dr. Frank Parks & Dr. Joseph Calabro
In 1984, Drs. Frank Parks and Joe Calabro were Emergency Medicine Residents training at the San Francisco General Hospital Trauma Unit. On a rare day off, the two young physicians drove their beat-up, military-issued Ford Pinto to Napa Valley. On a resident’s salary with little money to spend on good wine, Joe and Frank stumbled across a tiny sign during their first Napa trip: "V. Sattui Winery—free tasting.” After visiting our tiny tasting room, with a few boards propped on two wine barrels as the only counter, Frank and Joe instantly became devotees of V. Sattui wine. Over the decades, these longtime best friends have enjoyed V. Sattui wine and countless winery visits. Thirty years later, these two successful physicians still toast with V. Sattui Wine at every opportunity possible. “V. Sattui wine has become part of our life stories, of which we cherish every page. Thank you! Cheers!”
The Reginato Family
“We started coming regularly to V. Sattui in the early ‘90s,” says Rob, a retired research scientist. “The first futures purchase was a case of the (excellent) Mario Sattui Reserve Cabernet, which was shared with my four sons. In the two decades since, we have continued to buy futures, adding more varieties each year.” Rick, an engineer in the Silicon Valley, and his three brothers who live in Arizona have visited the Winery several times and have enjoyed the wines and hospitality. “We love the wines, certainly,” Rob says, “but it’s the friendly atmosphere and knowledgeable staff—Chris Rota, Jay, Lilia and, of course, Tom Davies—that make our visits memorable. And now we’re training yet another new generation of Reginatos to come to V. Sattui Winery as well.
Ray & Izzie Dryer
“There are many wineries in the Napa Valley but V. Sattui is our favorite," says Izzie. "It may sound crazy, but between the wine, the people and the ambiance, I am instantly peaceful and happy every time we come to visit." Ray, a retired college football coach , and wife, Izzie, live in Rodeo, exactly half way between Napa and San Francisco. “We started visiting V. Sattui in 1994,” says Izzie, “and instantly fell in love with the grounds, the Deli...and of course the wine. But the thing that really struck us was the hospitality and willingness of every staff member to patiently educate us about every wine. We were especially drawn to (the late) Steve Lee and were so happy to spend time with him, as well as Tom Davies, Chris Rota and Jay and Lilia in the Cellar Club.”
“My first visit to V. Sattui was back in 2001,” says Mickey, “and it quickly became my favorite winery. Not only are the wines exceptional, but the friendly staff and unique tasting experience in the Cellar Club are way above the rest. Over the years I've introduced V. Sattui wines to family and friends who instantly become fans but later exclaim, ‘I’ve looked everywhere and can’t find this wine in any stores!’ To which I reply, ‘You’ll be looking for a long time...it’s only available directly from the Winery!’ Holidays and special occasions aren’t quite complete without V. Sattui wines. My favorites are the reds—Cabernets, Petite Sirah, Zins and Syrah.”
Susan & Richard Carlson
“We’ve been in love with V. Sattui wines since the late ‘90s,” says Susan. “No trip to Napa would be complete without a visit to V. Sattui. One of our favorite memories is from back when we took Richard's dad up from Santa Clara one fall...and had the most wonderful picnic and a fabulous bottle of ‘97 Suzanne's Vineyard Zinfandel. It stands out as one of those idyllic moments in time.” The Carlsons live on a little horse ranch north of Denver, near Boulder, where they own and breed quarter horses. “When we give a gift of wine or serve wine with a special dinner,” Susan adds, “V. Sattui is our wine of choice. I don't believe I’ve ever poured a glass of V. Sattui for anyone and not had a reaction of ‘wow, that is really good!’"
Walt & Geri Mayer
“I often pay the corkage fee and bring my own bottle of V. Sattui to fine restaurants. The fees can be steep, which inevitably piques the curiosity of the sommelier, who always has a lot of questions and we try to leave a taste," says Walt. “On our first trip to Napa in 1995, Geri and I discovered V. Sattui. We were very fortunate to be served by an enthusiastic and knowledgeable person who got me so excited about experiencing the subtleties of wine that, after tasting the normal offerings that day, I became bold and asked to taste Sattui’s finest. He obliged, and a wine aficionado was born! I ordered some cases then and there, and soon became involved in the futures program."
“I know what I like, and I like V. Sattui wines and everyone associated with the Winery. I always feel welcome and made to feel an important part of the family," says Frank. He is a native Californian who currently lives in Martinez with his lovely sweetheart, Renee (also a Gold Member at V. Sattui.) Frank is often teased that he should work for V. Sattui, as he takes great pride and pleasure in not only tasting, collecting and drinking the wines, but in bringing guests to the Winery so that they too can share the V. Sattui “experience.” He and Renee attend all of the annual Winery events, where Frank can always be found on the dance floor until the music stops.
Ed & Mayra Barger
“Joining the V. Sattui Wine-of-the-Month Club was the start of a long-lasting relationship, back as far as 1986 or thereabouts,” recalls Ed, a senior vice president with Morgan Stanley, “Then a call from an internal sales individual introduced a few of the Cabernets and the Carsi Chardonnay, which my wife loves. Two or three cases would provide our drinking pleasure for at least the next few months.” “It wasn’t until I received a call from Anna [in outbound hospitality] that my V. Sattui experience began to take my palate in new wine directions...Vittorio Vineyard Cabs, back-to-back great vintages of Preston, Mount Veeder, the awesome Morisoli Cabs...and the Paradiso! And I truly enjoy the Port and Madeira also.”
Jennifer and Dave Dehlman
Jen and Dave made their first visit to V. Sattui after their wedding in the summer of 1999. They became club members on that visit and have since celebrated anniversaries here and have brought the Johnsons and Fordhams into the fold. “Thank you, V. Sattui for twelve years of wonderful wines and hospitality. We look forward to spending a long enjoyable life with you by our sides!” They recently took a “temporary” 3-year assignment to Shanghai and are now trying to figure out how to get V. Sattui wines to China!
Nancy and Greg Andersen
Nancy and Greg discovered V. Sattui through their good friends (and fellow Hall of Famers) Doug and Laura Johnson.“What keeps us coming back year after year are Tom (Davies), Chris (Rota) and the rest of the staff, “ says Greg. “They’re all fantastic in teaching us about the wines. And we really enjoy the beautiful picnic grounds, the delicious gourmet deli and of course partaking in the annual Barrel Tasting Party. V. Sattui has something for everyone; and our favorite wines keep changing. Our current favorites include the Henry Ranch Pinot Noir, many of the Zins and Cabs, and the Carneros Chardonnay.”
Dawn and Thomas Johnson
“The Dehlmans invited us to visit Napa Valley in 2002 to celebrate both our wedding anniversaries,” says Thomas. “It was amazing to actually visit the winery whose wine we admired so much. We loved V. Sattui and became instant Gold Cellar Club members for life! You can’t beat the people, the atmosphere, or the wine! We are all big Zinfandel fans and I believe our all-time favorite would have to be the 1999 Suzanne’s Zin! We have since wowed many friends with wines from V. Sattui and we are somehow always asked to bring the wine to parties and get-togethers!”
Vikki and Larry Fordham
“Our first trip to Napa,” says Larry, “was organized by Thomas (Johnson) and Dave (Dehlman) who have been V. Sattui Gold Card members for a number of years. Little did we know how that trip—which culminated in a 4½ hour spectacular wine tasting at V.Sattui–would forever change our palates!” He adds, “We spend our summer weekends boating on western Lake Erie and enjoy sharing V. Sattui wines with our dock mates!”
Laura and Doug Johnson
Doug’s history with V. Sattui goes back to 1976, the first year we were open. Doug and Laura visit us frequently and we definitely see them at our Annual Barrel Tasting Party in January when they purchase their wine futures. Their current wine collection totals 4,000 bottles, 1,000 of which are V. Sattui wines, with 10-year verticals on most of the Cabernets. “Laura prefers the Morisoli Cabernet,” says Doug, “and I prefer the Preston, so we always buy both! We enjoy the Zinfandels, Petite Sirah, Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays...actually there’s nothing we don’t like!!
Jim & Pat Kruswicki
Jim and Pat have been coming to V. Sattui Winery for the past 18 years. They regularly attend our mid-summer Festa Italiana and have introduced many friends and family members to V. Sattui’s great wines. One of their favorites was the ’97 Howell Mountain Zinfandel. They say the arrival of their Wine-of-the-Month Club shipment puts a smile on their faces each month as they enjoy trying V. Sattui's new releases!
Stan & Marge Kinoshita
The Kinoshitas have been regular customers since the mid-1970's, when Stan told the gentleman pouring samples for him in the Tasting Room how much he really enjoyed the wines. “I found out later that man was Dario Sattui! I nearly flipped! We’ve been visiting the Winery every year since. Chris and Jay have become friends in the Cellar Club and Tom always pays us a visit when we’re there. And the wines have just become better and better over the years. Aloha.”
Robert & Mary Rodack Ed & Andrea Zubow
After keeping V. Sattui to themselves since the 1980s, the Rodacks shared their love of fine wine with their nephew and his wife (the Zubows). Now the foursome, along with a growing list of family and friends from across the country, make and annual trip to our Tax Relief Party (now our Lobster Fest) a family tradition where they enjoy tasting from the barrel and buying futures. Robert says it's pretty common at family gatherings to hear them debate over which V. Sattui Riesling is better. "As you'd imagine, we usually end up drinking them all, and the debate continues!"
Eric & Amy Semifero
"V. Sattui is like a second home for us," says Amy Semifero. "The wines never disappoint. I like the Pinot Noirs and Vintage Port. Eric likes the Ramazzotti Zin and Sauvignon Blanc. The deli is amazing. And we love the staff. They've always treated us like friends. The Semiferos (he teaches biology, she teaches art) have been devoted patrons for quite a while and attend our parties and events regularly. They even renewed their vows here for their 10th wedding anniversary! "Even though Eric and I have our own individual interests, this is one we both share. V. Sattui has ignited a passion for wine in both of us."
Gerald & Angie Kaiser
"We always have a great time at the winery," says Gerald. "We like to visit in the Cellar with Chris (Rota)…and Dick (Ciapponi) is our all-time favorite. I'm proud of my heritage with V. Sattui. We always look at the V. Sattui experience as one of the highlights of our trips to the West Coast." Gerald has been an avid supporter of V. Sattui since 1983 when his parents brought him here while he was in college. He estimates he's been here well over fifty times in the years since then, and don't forget the man lives in Georgia! "I've probably purchased close to a hundred cases over the past 24 years…and personally brought over a hundred different people to the winery, not to mention all those I've sent there."
"V. Sattui truly is my home in the Napa Valley," says Jim. "Everyone one there makes me feel like family. Tom and Jay have great wine knowledge and are happy to share it with you. The cellar takes me back in time, and I love the grounds where we can enjoy great wine and food with friends and family. And the wine is amazing. I love the reds." He's got the wine to prove it. He sent us several photos of his collection and we couldn't spot another winery's label among them! "I've got thirty cases of V. Sattui wines," Jim says proudly, "and I look forward to getting many more!"
Longtime customer Jack Veal has twenty-two acres on the Brazos River west of Waco, Texas, and is a big fan of our Cabernets, Chardonnays and Zins. He came one year to pick up the futures he had stored with us; but it turned out he had forty-four cases and we had to send them to him on a pallet! With regard to Jack’s penchant for V. Sattui wine, his wife Vickie shrugs and says, “I’m afraid I don’t drink…Jack married me because he knew I wouldn’t touch his wine!”
Renee & David Ruble
“V. Sattui wines are among the best in the world,” says David. “To us, V. Sattui means romance and aroma are in the air!” The Rubles live just north of Palm Beach, Florida. They’ve been purchasing V. Sattui wines since 1988 and joined the Wine-of-the-Month Club on their first visit here. “We really enjoy the tasting, deli and picnic area and all the energy and excitement there.” They’re big fans of our Gamay Rouge, Cabernets, Merlots, Pinot Noir and Riesling.
Patrice & Grady Merritt
“The wines of V. Sattui have joined us at our table on countless occasions, allowing us to share its’ fine tradition with family and friends,” says Grady. Patrice and Grady discovered V. Sattui Wines their honeymoon in Napa Valley over 22 years ago. Since that time, the Merritts have savored V. Sattui wines and have revisited the Winery many times, even celebrating Patrice’s 50th birthday with a moon-lit vineyard tour and a private dinner party at the Winery in 2004. With a cellar stocked with over 200 bottles of V. Sattui wines, primarily hearty reds anchored by Preston Vineyard Cabernet, he says “Any occasion at our home is a V. Sattui occasion.”
Bob & Leslie Rametta
Bob first visited the Napa Valley in 1987 while attending a seminar at Stanford. After a great Italian-style lunch, Bob was introduced to Lilia in the Tasting Room and ended up carrying home his first purchase. Now he and Leslie are regular guests during their summer vacations, attending our Festa Italiana. They continue to make annual trips, often with friends and family, bringing nearly a dozen new V. Sattui recruits over the years. Bob’s favorite is the Preston Cabernet but likes Sattui Family Red as his “everyday wine.” Leslie’s favorites include our Dry Riesling and Muscat.
"Thank you for all the memorable moments I have enjoyed while drinking your special nectar!" Allan Pallarito lives in the mountains of Colorado and has been enjoying V. Sattui wines for more than 25 years. He's the President of a fiber optic company and says he has about 1,000 bottles of V. Sattui wines in his cellar, many of them over 10-to-15 years old! Two of his prized possessions (shown here) are a bottle each of the 1985 Preston Vineyard Cabernet (Centennial Vintage) and 1980 Reserve Zinfandel, still wrapped in the original purple tissue.
A Seattle native, Jack Tonkin has had the opportunity to travel and discover wines throughout the world. Tasting premium wines on a ten-day Napa Valley vacation brought him to V. Sattui where he found "a very laid-back winery with a deli and picnic area. We had a leisurely, wonderful afternoon. It was amazing." Every year Jack a large order for wine and sends it exclusively as holiday gifts. He is a very popular man!
"I purchase V. Sattui wine for family and friends on a regular basis and feel the wines are some of the best in the world. Recently I bought three magnums of 2000 Preston Vineyard Cabernet and still think it's the best wine I have ever had." Richard has been visiting V. Sattui Winery since 1986, timing many of his visits with our annual parties we host each year.
Neil & Sandy Schroeder
Married 26 years, with three children, the Schroeders have lived in Colorado, Texas, New York and California and have always enjoyed V. Sattui wines wherever they've been. They share a special bond with Winery President Tom Davies, which started when he served them their first glass of V. Sattui wine years ago. When the whole family (father, mother, brother & sister) wanted to attend the Harvest Ball in 2005 and they had no babysitter, it was Tom who suggested they park their motor home in our vineyard. "The kids watched Disney while the grown-ups enjoyed a wonderful night of culinary delights, music and...great wines! Thanks for the memories," says Neil.
Lahori Ram and his wife Prito have been V. Sattui wine lovers for more than twenty years. Lahori has more than 800 bottles in his cellar, most of them V. Sattui reds! Lahori, now Commissioner for Economic Development for the State of California, is originally from India; Prito came from the Fiji Islands. They make their home south of San Francisco. Each time they visit V. Sattui, they bring visiting dignitaries or extended family.
Thom first visited V. Sattui in 1987 and became a Cellar Club member the following year. Despite living on the other side of the country, he still visits a couple times each year, usually for the Harvest Ball or to stock up on futures at our Barrel Tasting Party. Thom especially likes the Carsi and Carneros Chardonnays, and Preston Cabernets. He also likes to sing, and amazed everyone a few years ago when he stood up and sang opera at a Harvest Ball!
Carol & Mike Chiricuzio
Carol and Mike attended our Harvest Ball in 1992. “It was a magical evening, and we haven’t missed a Harvest Ball since," says Mike. They live in Pittsburg, CA, and love that V. Sattui is only 45-minute drive away!
Michael & Katherine Cuno
While living in the Bay Area in the 1970s and ‘80s, the Cunos became regular visitors. “In addition to great wines, the picnic area made V. Sattui family-friendly, very important to us, with three young daughters,” says Katherine. “While we tasted wine, the kids played and ate animal crackers.” When a corporate move took them to the East Coast, the Cunos became long-distance buyers of wine futures and a wide range of Sattui reds. They recently returned for a Cellar Club visit with oldest daughter, Leslie. Now old enough to taste wine, she says it's “definitely better than animal crackers”, and ordered her own case of futures. Michael says, “Now our other daughters want to know when we’re taking them tasting at V. Sattui!”
Jim & Heather Amey
Jim and Heather live with their two favorite Labs near Portland, where Jim owns a rep firm for electrical construction products. Jim has been a member of our Wine of the Month Club for quite a while and enjoys receiving our red wines, although Heather prefers our Chardonnays.
Sue is fondly known at V. Sattui Winery as the "Gamay Rouge Lady". She was born in California’s Central Valley and now resides with her husband, Jack, in south Florida. She’s been an avid fan of V. Sattui wines since the early 1980s and says she likes our Gamay Rouge “with lunch, dinner, by the pool, with everything!”
The Perrys & Hamptons
Cheryl Hurd Perry and Brenda Hampton are sisters. Along with husbands Dana and Alvin, they’ve been visiting V. Sattui for years. “We love the wines and use V. Sattui as a destination for all of our guests who come to town,” says Cheryl. Brenda agrees. “The food is great, the wines are outstanding, especially the Rieslings, Madeira and Vintage Port. And the employees are wonderful.”
Dan & Alice Bowman
“My first, and most memorable, tasting at V. Sattui was in 1978," says Dan. "There wasn’t much to the Winery at the time, except the wines, which blew the other places we visited that day right out of the water. We’ve been drinking your wines ever since. Thank goodness you can ship to North Carolina! My favorite is the Morisoli Cab, but it’s hard to pick just one wine. My wife agrees, and we’ve concluded that if we are ever shipwrecked on a deserted island with wines from only one winery, they’d be from V. Sattui.”
Chris & Leigh Cortez
Born in Vacaville, California, Chris Cortez joined the U.S. Marine Corps after graduating from Marietta College in Ohio. On one of his return visits twenty years ago, he discovered V. Sattui Winery and became a Cellar Club member. “Buying futures is the way to go,” he says, listing Morisoli & Preston Cabernets and Duarte Zinfandels as his favorites. Leigh enjoys our Chardonnays. We were honored that Chris and Leigh hosted their son’s wedding at V. Sattui in 2003.
The Harsacky-Schramm-Brumberg Family
Tom Schramm discovered V. Sattui while on a business trip in the 1980's. He later introduced his father-in-law, Frank, to “the fine wines and fine people of V. Sattui,” and together, with their wives, they've made numerous Wine Country visits, always including V. Sattui as a stop for a “wine fest” and lavish picnic. The family has been loyal members of our Wine of the Month Club for several years, and continue to recruit young family members into the club as well.
David & Kay Holloman
David and Kay discovered V. Sattui Winery while on a business trip in San Francisco. “We spent half of the day drinking modest quality wine, offered by indifferent staff at a number of Napa wineries,” says David. They stopped at V. Sattui for a picnic lunch and tasting and were "cheerfully offered far better wines.” For that reason, they’ve become customers for life. “That sense of connecting with the consumer is pervasive at V. Sattui,” “There are many producers of fine wines in Napa [Valley,] but V. Sattui is unique in understanding their customers and getting to know them as individuals. Our appreciation of wine has benefited greatly from our association with V. Sattui Winery."
Kevin and DeAnn Osborne
High school sweethearts, Kevin and DeAnn were strictly white wine drinkers until being introduced to V. Sattui in 1980 when our Gamay Rouge quickly became their “staple drinking wine.” Soon they acquired a taste for red wine. They still reminisce about opening a 15-liter ’80 Preston Reserve with a bunch of friends at a Super Bowl party. Now Morisoli Cabernet fans, Kevin likes to brag about how little he paid for his collection by purchasing futures at volume pricing at our Tax Relief Parties, “the only way to go,” he says. Kevin and DeAnn bring many friends who have become devoted customers and part of our extended family
Lee & Anne Kramer
The Kramers have been friends of V. Sattui since 1985. “We fell in love with the beautiful grounds, the deli and all the great people who work there,” Anne says, “but especially the wines. We get kidded at our wine club dinners because we bring so many V. Sattui wines, but they’re the ones that are always gone at the end of the evening.” Even though they are resident Napans (Napkins?) and have hundreds of wineries at their disposal, Lee and Anne are loyal V. Sattui Winery Gold Card members and “fervent lovers of our Morisoli Cabernet, Carsi Chardonnay, and especially Howell Mountain Zinfandel!”
C.R. & B.J. Hutchison, Rex & Judy Graves
“'Hutch' put a pipeline through Napa in 1980 or ’81 for Kaiser, memory fails” recalls Rex. “He’d go to V. Sattui, get some sausages, cheese, bread and a bottle of wine for six bucks and have a great lunch under the big oak tree. He brought back some Madeira and we were hooked!” “Judy and I came to the Harvest Ball in ’85 or ’86 (there’s that memory thing again) and were lucky enough to be seated with (artist) Diane Peterson.” They’ve been Cellar Club members ever since. “We’ve had some great times at V. Sattui and look forward to many more. You guys have come a long way since Daryl’s tux with a patch in the seat!"
Ben & Laurie Parodi
As twenty-something college students with little money, V. Sattui was the place for Ben and Laurie to go and sip good wine, nibble cheese and French bread in a beautiful Napa Valley setting. “Back then, buying wines to age wasn’t as important as drinking them on the spot,” remembers Laurie. Twenty years later, they’ve built a big wine inventory by purchasing V. Sattui futures, and most of their friends and family are now proud Cellar Club members. Their favorites include all of our Zinfandels, Preston & Morisoli Cabernets, Carsi Chardonnay & the Dry Johannesburg Riesling.
Bruce & Pat Howard
"We plan at least one trip to V. Sattui each year, and always look forward to our visits with Tom and introducing V. Sattui to family and friends.” Bruce Howard retired in the late 1960s from a major league pitching career with the White Sox, Orioles and Senators. “When we first visited V. Sattui in the early ‘90s we learned a lot from our talks and tours with Tom Davies.” Bruce is a fan of our reds, especially the ’97 Davies Reserve and the 2000 Henry Pinot Noir, while his wife, Pat, favors our Dry Riesling and Napa Valley White Wines.
Robert D. Schmidt, M.D. and Carolyn Schmidt
Dr. Bobby Schmidt and his wife Carolyn love to travel and enjoy finding great wines you can’t buy everywhere. “Of the many Napa Valley wineries we’ve visited, V. Sattui, with its exceptional wines, wonderful staff and excellent customer service, is our favorite,” says Doctor Bobby. "The perfect way to end all our dinner parties is with the V. Sattui Madeira.
After serving in the Army’s 88th Division in WW II in Italy and later the 82nd Airborne Division, Hugh Weedon worked in the corporate world in sales and training, mostly in New York and Philadelphia, before settling down in Vermont, where he retired in 1990. He’s found a rewarding second career as a fund-raiser and board member for various arts councils, colleges and charities, including the Red Cross. “Since traveling took me away from the central Vermont community during my years of working, I decided to spend a good deal of my [retired] time with charities related to education and quality of life,” Hugh says. But he still has time to be an avid collector of V. Sattui wines and visits the winery every year.
Richard & Patti Allopenna
Since V. Sattui opened its doors in the 1970s, Rich and Patti Allopenna have been among our most loyal and devoted fans. With a cellar capacity of six hundred bottles, of which five hundred have the V. Sattui label, the Allopennas are true Sattui fans. Among their favorites are Cabernets from Preston and Suzanne’s Vineyards, and their special choices are the ’86 Preston and the 110th Anniversary Reserve Madeira. The Allopenas are regular guests here at the winery, frequent attendees at our parties, and are cherished ambassadors of V. Sattui Winery.
Leonard and Loretta Willis
“Having visited 125 different wineries in the Napa Valley, we consider V. Sattui the single best winery there," says Leonard. He and Loretta first discovered V. Sattui in 1978 and have made an annual visit ever since. Their restored 1895 home has a basement “dairy room” converted into a wine cellar. Their collection totals 3500 bottles, 2000 of which are V. Sattui wines.
Richard and Sandra Bracken
“V. Sattui holds a special place in our lives,” says Richard. The Brackens, shown here with a vertical of Preston Cabernets, have been Cellar Club members for many years. Richard is on the board of directors of the American Institute of Wine & Food in Littleton, CO where their cellar has an entire wall devoted to V. Sattui wines! They attend our Annual Harvest Ball and always look forward to visiting with Lilia in our tasting room.
While others spend their leisure time fishing or golfing, John and his friends like to hunt for “The Big Red,” taking them to the world’s great wine regions. Although he collects many different wines, most notably our single-vineyard Cabernets, he specializes in Vintage Port and calls our Madeira “most unique, a wonderful, fabulous wine.”
Hal and Leslie Eckert, Dan and Chris Parker
This foursome loves to come to V. Sattui in the fall. “We love the excitement of the harvest, and V. Sattui's wonderful Deli and great red wines,” says Hal. The group enjoys all of Napa Valley’s great restaurants and wineries, but they say V. Sattui and all the people here have a special place in their heart.
John & Felicity Christensen
When John and Felicity were inducted into our Hall of Fame, they had just bought a beautiful yacht and embarked on a said around the world. Before they set out, they attended our Barrel Tasting Party and stocked up on V. Sattui wine "supplies" for their journey-- to the tune of 55 cases!
Keith & Joyce Rueckert
The Rueckerts discovered V. Sattui in 1982 on their first visit to Napa Valley. Since then they have introduced many friends to V. Sattui and have been regulars at our annual Harvest Ball. A retired builder, Keith designed his retirement mountain home in Ellijay, not far from Atlanta. The home features V. Sattui bottles in the stonework in the front of the house-- and we are honored for this recognition!
Phil & Kathryn Falcone
The Falcones made their first trip to Napa Valley over 30 years ago. A friend recommended they visit V. Sattui Winery and try the Gamay Rouge. "We met Tom Davies and Daryl Sattui, who were both pouring wine behind the tiny ten-foot-long tasting bar in the original winery, that today houses the cheese case and tasting room," Phil says.
Steve & Marilyn Geney
Several years ago Steve and his business partner reserved our underground cellars for their company's charity fundraiser. Steve met members of our staff during that party, and has remained loyal to V. Sattui ever since. "We particularly enjoy the privacy and service we receive in the Cellar Club. Lilia and Jay have always been a big help in introducing us to the new vintages and going to great lengths to find the older vintages we want," says Steve. "When we make a trip to Napa Valley we always visit Sattui last. If we go there first, we'll never leave to taste at other wineries!"
Neil was introduced to V. Sattui Winery by friends in 1987. Over the years Neil has stocked his wine cellar with more than 60 cases of V. Sattui wines, especially his favorite Carsi Chardonnays and vintages of Preston Cabernet. "I enjoy buying Wine Futures. Based on the quality of Futures I have purchased in previous years, I recently ordered 17 cases over the phone without even tasting the new Chardonnays and Cabernets from the aging barrels.
Mike & Carol Clemovitz
"We always feel welcomed and at home with all the staff each time we visit," says Mike. He and wife Carol stopped at V. Sattui Winery on their first date in the early 80s. Our wine and cheese apparently worked, as they have been together ever since! Their favorite wines are Carsi Chardonnay, Howell Mountain Zinfandel, and Preston and Suzanne's Cabernets.
Bill, Irene & Eileen Gandolini
"We first visited V. Sattui way back in the 1970's, while looking for a place to have a picnic. We've been back many times since," says Bill Gandolini. The family watched our stone winery transform from a hole in the ground to completion in 1985. They return annually for a wine tasting and picnic on our property.
Lawrence and Cheri Klock
"Whenever I know someone is going to Napa Valley, I tell them where to find the best wines, and the best place to picnic-- V. Sattui Winery," says Larry. With an emphasis on Chardonnays and red wines, Larry says he buys 7 or 8 cases of our wine each year, and has attended at least 10 of our Harvest Balls.
"In my opinion, V. Sattui has the best Cabernets in the entire country," says Frank. "I first visited V. Sattui in the early '80s when there was just one little building. I have been impressed with Dario's marketing strategy of selling only direct to the consumer."