Fall is right around the corner and it is one of the busiest and most exciting times in Northern California Wine Country. The valley comes alive as fall colors blanket the hillsides and crews work around the clock picking grapes. From fancy harvest balls to grape stompin’ crush parties, fall is one of the best times to visit wine regions like Napa Valley.
Popular wineries like St. Helena’s V. Sattui Winery pull out all the stops and throw some of the most anticipated events of the year –s the annual Harvest Ball in September and the Crush Party in October.
This year is an even more important year for V. Sattui as they celebrate their 125th Anniversary. This stands to be their biggest Harvest Ball yet. They are bringing back the extraordinary Michelin-starred chef, Stefano Masanti of Madesimo, Italy, who will on hand to lead guests in a number of exciting events and ultimately prepare an elegant six-course meal on the winery grounds.
125th Anniversary Harvest Ball – Saturday, September 25, 2010
To ring in the 125th Anniversary Celebration Harvest Ball, chef Stefano Masanti will be matching dishes from his native Lombardia with signature V. Sattui wines, including older and reserve wines.
After dinner, guests can dance the night away while enjoying a special performance by Pride & Joy — one of the hottest Bay Area music groups.
The Harvest Ball begins at 6pm and it is a black tie (evening attire ok) event. Per person prices are $200 for club members and $225 for non-members.
For guests looking to make a full weekend out of the event, V. Sattui has several other events for guests attending the Harvest Ball (limited space availability).
- Friday, Sept. 24 – St. Helena Farmer’s Market with Chef Stefano (9am-11am, no extra charge)
- Friday, Sept. 24 – Cooking class with Stefano Masanti at The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone (4pm-7pm, $45 per person)
- Saturday, Sept. 25 – Tour & Tastings at Henry, Preston, and Morisoli Vineyards (9am-12:30pm, $45 per person)
- Sunday, Sept. 26 – “Morning-After” Mimosas & Italian pastries (9:30am-noon, complimentary to all who sign up)
Annual Crush Party – Saturday, October 9, 2010
Final details have not been announced yet for specific events at this year’s crush party, but this is one event that never disappoints. Aside from the culinary delights served and a vast selection of wines to sample, guests have the opportunity to get their feet wet — literally. The star of the crush party is the chance to jump in and participate in a ‘roll-up-your-pants, no-shoes-and-socks’ grapestomp.
Other highlights include demonstration stations and meet and greet opportunities with the winemaker, assistant winemaker, vineyard manager, viticulturist, and even some of the grape growers. Stop by one of the educational seminars and even taste wine from tanks and barrels normally reserved for the winemaker, and be sure to watch how V. Sattui hand dips each bottle of their signature Madeira in the hot sealing wax.
V. Sattui offers their wine club members discounted prices and advance notification of all winery events. To purchase tickets for the 125th Anniversary Celebration Harvest Ball and get on the mailing list for details on the Crush Party in October, visit the V. Sattui Winery website.
In an upcoming series of articles, we will look at the individual events of the Harvest Ball and share photos of last year’s festivities.
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