As I mentioned previously, I have an eternal soft spot for V. Sattui Winery, and after attending their annual Crush Party on Saturday night, I’d go so far as to say that I’m completely head over heels in love with this family-owned St. Helena winery. Keep your eye on V. Sattui’s calendar of events, and consider buying a ticket to next year’s Crush Party.
V. Sattui’s Crush Party is an annual celebratory open house with music, food, and of course, copious amounts of V. Sattui’s wide variety of exceptional wines. The party gives wine aficionados a chance to learn about the winemaking process, with demos on everything from grape sorting to cork making. You can taste wines at multiple stages of the fermentation process, and even kick off your shoes and jump into a huge tub of grapes for a good old-fashioned grape stomp. Chat with the winemakers while you sample dozens of wines, snack on delicious hors d’oeuvres, and dance along to the live music. To top it all off, the winery looks absolutely gorgeous, with bright red tents and sparkling white lights everywhere. It’s easy to understand why this event sells out every year. It’s simply an incredibly fun and joyous celebration. I’ve been looking forward to it for months, yet it managed to exceed all my expectations. Luckily, it’s a great night to take some memories home with you, as there are great discounts on a number of wines, including discounts of up to 30% on certain cases for truly dedicated connoisseurs.
Tasting the Madeira in three stages of production.
Learning how corks are made.
Watching foils put on bottles as the finishing touch.
Tasting wine straight out of the barrel when it is still in the “juice” phase.
The Crush Party is only one of the many annual events hosted at V. Sattui. I know that I’ll be keeping my weekends open for next year’s Barrel Tasting Party and Lobster Fest. If last Saturday’s Crush Party is any indication, they’re guaranteed to be memorable events.