V. Sattui Winery

This winery has it all! It’s like Disneyland for wino’s! It’s crowded so be ready but the crowds are there for a reason.

Their are 3 tasting rooms, we decided to taste in the market and had a server named, Edwin, who was beyond knowledgable and made the tasting very fun with his humor. It was very crowded but I didn’t feel as though I was neglected at the tasting bar. I tried many wines ranging from their popular fruity Gamy rose to their brandy fortfied Madeira which is a sweet port.

Tasting:

2014 Los Carneros Pinot Noir ($39): sweetly scented with notes of cherry fruit and cinnamon.

2012 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($45): currant fruit and colors it with dusty spice and hints of black olive.

2014 Los Carneros Chardonnay ($52) : ripe pear, fig and honeydew notes to finish of white peach.

2014 Dancing Egg Riesling ($25): very crisp and refreshing. Fruity and every so slightly sweet not your typical Riesling.

2015 Gamay Rouge ($24): juicy flavors of ripe strawberry, crisp tart cherry and cranberry. 

Madiera ($59): The wine is sweet and luscious with flavors of almonds, caramel, toffee and orange zest.

My purchases:

I ended up buying the Madiera which is $59 a bottle but after opening can be kept anywhere from 1-3 years. I saw this as an investment.

I also bought the 2014 Dry Rosato because I thought it would pair nicely with light apps and was the perfect balance between dry and fruity.

Visiting & Tasting:

$15 – Let one of our friendly and knowledgeable wine-tenders customize your tasting experience by guiding you through our portfolio of wines.

  • Includes up to 5 tastes of our vintage and estate wines
  • No advance reservation required for parties of 10 or less

Free tastings for Military!

Make sure to try some of the food from the deli or if you are visiting on the weekend they have a brick oven pizza and a barbeque pit. I had the pizza and loved it!!!

Sum it up:

  1. Tons of wines to taste and buy that can only be purchased at the winery
  2. Encompasses so much in one place no need to leave to go to another
  3. Wide variety in wine quality and price. Prices for the cheapest and most expensive tastes.

 

Back to Mumm 

This past weekend I made my way back to Mumm Napa where I impressed again with the service and of course the vino!!

I wanted to write quickly about there latest release in lieu of the holiday’s! 

Their Sparkling Pinot Noir

The gorgeous, ruby red color of this wine is your welcome into aromas of black currant, plum, blackberry, and red delicious apples. On the palate, the wine is incredibly juicy, with notes of Bing cherries and plums. This wine is made in a brut style, resulting in a crisp and dry mouthfeel, with bright acid. The tannins are soft, lending structure to the wine, and the long, fruity finish invites you back for more.

Nothing would compliment your Thanksgiving spread more than this festive wine! 

Price is $25 for Club members and $36 for non-Club.    

Jamieson Ranch Vineyards

I began my day at Jamieson Ranch Vineyards and was woo’ed by the large estate with trees lining the entrance and vines as far as you could see. Most of the grapes have been harvested but it did not take away from the beauty. The winery is not in Napa but considered “the gateway to Napa” located in American Canyon.

Upon arriving the staff brought us quickly to our outside reserved tasting area with couches and heaters. It was a nice ambiance. We were given both a tasting menu that was included in our tour and a menu if we would like to purchase additional glasses/tastings.

Wine we tasted are person blends of the jazz musician Brian Culbertson in conjunction with Reata wines.

We tasted the following:

2015 Reata’s Brian Culbertson Rose of Pinot Noir

2014 Reata’s Brian Cubertson Los Carneros Chardonnay

2013 Reata’s Brian Cubertson Pinot Noir

My Favorites:

2014 REATA “BRIAN CULBERTSON” LOS CARNEROS CHARDONNAY: Deep straw yellow hue, the nose is marked by green apple, walnut, pear, honey and apricot. Flavors are honeysuckle  and apple with crisp nuances of dried pineapple.

I typically don’t love Chardonnay but really enjoyed this one. It was light and crisp and scarily easy to put back.

 

Visiting & Tasting:

Seems all their tastings require a reservation and typically range from $40-50 according to their website. After researching online seemed as though their pairings are either $35 or $45 and white only tasting started at $25 and go up to $5o for their Cab. tasting.

Free tastings for Military! (limited menu/tasting)

30% off glasses and bottles for military as well!

Sum it up:

  1. Avoid the craziness of Napa by heading to American Canyon
  2. Great outdoor seating
  3. Appreciate art & music! They have a awesome mural from apexer 

Best Wine Apps – iPhone

There is an App for everything today! As discussed in my post “Coping with wine overload” there is some great Apps to help ease your decisions in choosing, pairing, tastings and visiting. Below are 6 Apps I recommend checking out and all are (mostly) free!!

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  1. Hello Vino – A great shopping assistant for buying wine to pair with food for dinner parties
  2. Wine Cellar Database – allows you to customize your wine cellar. Choose from a selection of hundreds of thousands of wines online or load it from your own spreadsheet files or Cellar Tracker.
  3. Wine Spectator WineRatings + – Depending on what access you want via the app, it is either free or a small subscription cost – The free content includes comprehensive vintage charts, daily news, educational articles and videos. An in-app subscription gives access to all of Wine Spectator’s wine ratings, with more than 1,000 new reviews added each month. I would say this is the most comprehensive and reputable app for ratings.
  4. The California Wine Club – Great local app, that will help perfectly pair a wine with food.
  5. Vivino – Take a photo of a wine label in the store before you buy to get details on the wine such as ratings and reviews. 
  6. VinoWine – Discover and locate wineries and vineyards in a manner of seconds – basically Yelp solely for wineries!

Cheers!