In our recent visit to San Francisco, my husband and I decided to make a quick visit to Napa Valley. I Googled wineries and collected a pile of travel literature when we checked into our hotel. We hopped in the car and started our trek, still unsure of which, of the 450 wineries we would visit. One of the brochures I picked up was for V. Sattui Winery, which claimed the winery was voted “Winery of the Year” and “Best Winery in the Western U.S.”
The drive was fabulous, and we lucked out in terms of weather. We kept an open mind about which winery we would visit, but when we saw the V. Sattui Winery, we decided it was worth checking out.
The winery offers not just tastings and tours, but a wonderful Italian Market with free cheese, olive and jam tastings. There is a brilliant deli and outdoor barbecues with tables for picnics. This is actually a winery that is family friendly. The grounds were beautifully landscaped and tours are offered of the cellars. The wine tastings are reasonably priced at $10 and up.
I tried a combination of red and white wines. I wasn’t wild about the Sauvignon Blanc, Napa, that I tried, but instead tended to like the fruity tastes of the Gamay Rouge, the Muscat and the Moscato wines. The butterscotch notes of the Angelica and the creme brûlée flavor of the Madeira were delightful.
My husband tried the Pinot Noir, Carneros, and deemed it to be too dry for his tastes. He liked the tart, but smooth Zinfandel, Ramazzotti, Old-Vine and the organic, full body of the Cabernet, Vittorio’s Vineyard. The Cabernet, Reserve ’09 was spicy, but smooth and the vintage 1998 Port was bold and fruity–much to his liking.
Our visit was just what we were looking for–an enjoyable outing and a chance to try some wines that aren’t otherwise available to us in Indiana. Of course, we can’t wait for our next visit–so many choices, and that is just Napa, alone!