Monday, June 18, 2007

The Napa Valley's Big Four - Part IV, V. Sattui Winery

Of the four wineries I've included in my posts on Napa Valley's Big Four, V. Sattui Winery is the one winery whose appeal mystifies me.

The main lure for visitors appears to be that Sattui is the only winery in the Napa Valley with a full deli counter. Since the winery also has a large number of picnic tables outside, it is easy for visitors to get food for a picnic and then eat outside. However, the convenience, in my view, is more than offset by the large crowds at the winery, particularly on weekends. I fail to understand why folks don't prefer to go to one of the excellent grocery stores in the Valley and then take their food to a quieter and prettier picnic area at one of the many other wineries that permit visitors to picnic. (You can see my recommendations for picnicking in the Napa Valley by reading my two posts in September 2006.)

The tasting room is fairly typical for a big winery -- lots of wines and lots of stuff to buy. The wines are ok, but there is nothing so special about them that makes tasting them worth fighting the crowds.

Sattui is the only one of the Big Four that I cannot recommend visiting. If you would like to take a private tour of the Napa Valley that includes a picnic lunch without the crowds, please feel free to call me at (866) 326-4237 (toll free) or e-mail me by clicking here.

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