Last Saturday, we took a quick road trip to Rutherford, which is less than 2 hours away and filled with wineries and the most gorgeous vineyard views. We arrived just before lunch time and with two toddlers in tow, we had to find a place with food…and wine!
We spotted V. Sattui Winery which had a sign advertising they had a deli and decided we would try it out. The scenery was breathtaking with vines as far as the eye can see, gorgeous green grass, wine barrels and benches.
Vittorio Sattui started the business in 1885 after emigrating from Genoa, Italy. The law-abiding Vittorio was forced to shut down when Prohibition went into effect, and the winery would lay dormant until 1976, when Vittorio’s great-grandson, Dario, would realize his dream of resurrecting the family business in the town of St. Helena in Napa Valley.
The main tasting room has an amazing deli with fresh sandwiches, a variety of salads, dips and spreads and cheeses for days! Wine tastings start at $25. Wine tasting with hungry toddlers didn’t sound like a great idea so we opted to buy a bottle to go with our picnic lunch. One of the awesome V. Sattui employees saw my look of amazement at all the wine choices and offered to have me taste some so I could decide on one…hooray for this treat!
We decided on the 2017 Rosato di Sangiovese. It has the most amazing deep pink color and is made with 100% Sangiovese grapes primarily sourced from the winery’s Hibbard Ranch in the Carneros region of the Napa Valley. The juice was given minimal contact with the skins before gently pressing and was cold fermented in stainless steel. It has a slightly sweet flavor which nicely showcases hints of cherry, strawberry and watermelon. Retailing at $29, it is a treat to enjoy!
If you’re in the area be sure to stop in and have a picnic, enjoy some delicious wine, watch the Napa Valley Wine Train go by and make some memories.