An Italian style summer feast is scheduled for this Saturday, July 25, in the Napa Valley town of St. Helena. The 15th Annual Festa Italiana at V. Sattui Winery is a celebration which began as a thank-you event for the winery's customers and has evolved into an evening of fine wine, fine food and general merriment. The event is held in the winery's Oak Grove and will feature music by Italica, a group of Bay Area Italian musicians. The ample menu includes antipasti, roasted wild boar, grilled tri-tip, fresh salmon, pastas, salads, tiramisu and biscotti. Angelo Ibleto from Angelo's Smokehouse in Petaluma is roasting a wild boar which he will parade through the event before serving it. He is also making sausages and grilling the tri-tip for the occasion.
And of course there will be plenty of V. Sattui wine on hand. The event will mark the premier of the 2007 Gilsson Vineyard Zinfandel. This is the first time that winemaker Brooks Painter has made this wine from this vineyard in the Russian River appellation. The wine is a bold, fruit-forward Zin, with abundant berry and spice aromas, perfect for pairing with the grilled meats being served at the Festa. Tickets are $75 per person for the public and $65 per person for members of Sattui's Cellar Club. More info available on the V. Sattui website.