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Michelle Gagne Ballard
December 13, 2018 | Michelle Gagne Ballard

Winter 2018 Posse Newsletter

Michelle Gagne Ballard
December 13, 2018 | Michelle Gagne Ballard

Holiday Problems Solved: Santa Delivers Saddleback


Your Biggest Holiday Problems Solved | $20 flat shipping | Saddleback For All  

Happy Holidays from All of Us at Saddleback!

What a wonderful Harvest and Holiday season it's been! Now, from fielding your wine queries and quandries we have a set of wine solutions you'll want to act on: gift sets, case deals, drop shipping, and more. We're here to get you through to January 7 and beyond.

All online orders, big or small, 1 bottle to 200, qualify for
$20 flat-fee ground shipping through 1.1.19.
No Code Required. Applies at Checkout.

Last day to order to arrive by Monday, 24th: Sunday, Dec 16

♦ Entertaining ♦

A Gracious Welcome: Remember that when you walk in the door to any party, you should not be empty handed. Keep reliable standards on hand to grab & go. I find that leaving a few bottles secured in my car trunk has me ready to arrive anywhere, with a generous welcome. Our Sauvignon Blanc or Grenache are perfect for this -- easy drinking and friendly. Either if popped open will be sure to be gone with a kind comment: where did you find it?

When You're the Host: Our Vermentino is a winner to rev up your guests's palate and interest. The unusual varietal is not only a conversation starter -- it's delicious! On the red side, try our Three Ts -- silky and the one-of-a-kind blend that can't be one-upped! Thanks, Nils!

Hostess Gifts: Yes, it does verge on rude to suggest opening a wine you brought as a gift for your hostess! This is why you bring TWO bottles, and the chaming suggestion, "I thought we could open this one tonight, but this one is for you!" May we suggest the luscious Dessert Wine pair, that pleases even those who say they don't drink wine? 

Dinner Wine: Either you're responsible for setting it on the table or choosing what to pour, and when. It's why we make the Napa Valley Chardonnay and the Oakville Cabernet: paired or solo, these wines were built by Nils Venge to be the key ingredients to a genius meal: our Chard finds its happy place with seafood and cream sauces; our Cab may very well be a crown rib roast's best friend.

Event Wine: Pretty in Pink has been our mantra since we released our Freisa Rosé. You will not be sorry with this on hand for New Year's or any party. Get the case and split it up to use as your holiday welcome wine, and then your cocktail go-to Dec 31. To try: this version of a Daquiri, a "Rosaquiri": 2 oz Freisa Rose, 1 oz Rum, 1 oz Rose's Lime. Shake, serve up! 

The Gifts: As a vintage year, 2007 is a benchmark recognized by even casual wine-o's. If you're having a hard time finding a gift for a high-performing colleague, favorite family member on the opposite coast, or maybe even something to share with your adult kid who's just learning about the finer things, our 2007 Reserve Cab Magnum is ready to pop open and displays all the best things about serving an aged classic from Napa Valley. We've got a 2006 Oakville Mag available too. Plus, we've set up a few other gift sets that make fantastic expressions of your gratitude, love, joy, celebration and all that we celebrate this time of year.

If you have not checked out our Advent Calendar of Wine... it is a generous starter pack for anyone getting started: newlyweds, new clients, housewarming, rebuilding. Complete with descriptions and pairings, you'll not have the same wine twice! 

Plus, score $20 Flat-Fee Ground Shipping on any purchase!
No Code Required.

Start Shopping Online.  Give a call if you are in search of a specific wine/vintage or large-format that isn't listed here: 707.944.1305

     Advent Calendar of Wine  |  $2038 reg  |  $1732.30 sale (Posse/call) 

2013 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 3-Pack  |  $450 retail  |  $350 sale

     2014 Oakville Cabernet 2-Pack Gift Set  |  $150 retail  |  $130 sale

2013 Vintage Duo: Oakville & Reserve Cabernet 2-Pack Gift Set |  $225 retail  |  $188 sale

      2007 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Magnum |  $370 retail  |  $296 sale

2017 Sauvignon Blanc Case Deal | $288 retail | $230 sale 12 bottles, $20 flat shipping

     2017 Freisa Rosé Case Deal | $336 retail  |  $235.20 sale 12 bottles, $20 flat shipping

2012, 13, 14 Oakville Cabernet Vertical Gift Pack  |  $225 retail

      2012, 13, 14 Reserve Cabernet Vertical Gift Pack  |  $450 retail

2006 Oakville Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Magnum | $150 retail 

   2006 25th Anniversary Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml | $140 retail 

2006 25th Anniversary Cabernet Sauvignon Magnum | $280 retail 

    2011 30th Anniversary Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml  |  $140 retail  

2011 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml  |  $140 retail  

    2011 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Magnum  |  $280 retail  

2016 Napa Valley Chardonnay Magnum  |  $76 retail  

Order by 4 pm PST Sunday, Dec 16 to get ground shipping delivery by 12.24.18. Ship dates not guaranteed due to UPS/FedEx holiday flakiness. Offer ends 1.1.19. Additional Posse discounts apply at checkout as per item. Limited availability. Offer available until vintage is SOLD OUT, no substitutions.

Questions? 707.944.1305 / Winery. Call between 9a-4p PST 7 days. Saddleback is closed 12.25.18 and 1.1.19. 

*$20 Flat-Fee Ground Shipping on any online order of wine, no minimum purchase required. Posse get COMP ground shipping on 12 or more bottle purchases. Not Available in AK, HI, KY, MS, UT. Please email or call if ordering a quantity or you're interested in one of our 3-Liter bottles.

Michelle Gagne Ballard
October 4, 2018 | Michelle Gagne Ballard

October 2018 Posse Newsletter

Michelle Gagne Ballard
May 15, 2018 | Michelle Gagne Ballard

What's Cookin on Wine Podcast: Nils Venge on the history of Saddleback and his legacy in Napa Valley

Straight from the winemaker himself, our King of Cabernet, Nils Venge, chats about his legacy in Napa Valley, the evolution of Saddleback, and his joy with the success of son Kirk's Venge label.

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Michelle Gagne Ballard
July 29, 2017 | Michelle Gagne Ballard

Saddleback Cellars Releases Napa Valley Icons Chardonnay and Zinfandel


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July 29, 2017

Saddleback Cellars Releases Napa Valley Favorites         

35th Vintage, 2015 Napa Valley Chardonnay, and 2015 Old Vine Zinfandel Officially Hit the Market Today

Oakville, CA, July 29, 2017– With its annual open-cellar celebration, Saddleback Cellars of Napa Valley pops the corks on two new vintages of winery favorites: 2015 Old Vine Zinfandel and 2015 Napa Valley Chardonnay. It is the 23rd vintage of Zin for Nils Venge, winemaker, and 35th vintage of Chardonnay at Saddleback.

“I look forward to this party each year, and couldn’t be happier to share these wines as a couple of the best that Napa Valley has to offer. Let the celebration commence!” says Venge.

The Old Vine Zinfandel is unique in its American oak 16-month aging process, and noted balance of flavors. Crafted from the 96-year-old Frediani Vineyard in Calistoga, it’s limited availability has Zin lovers clamoring over each new release. Only 604 cases were made, and it can be found in limited distribution in approximately 20 states; it’s a staple of Saddleback’s Posse wine club, and also available for direct-to-consumer shipments.

Advance acclaim for the 2015 Napa Valley Chardonnay is also worth mentioning, to note:

2017 Best Chardonnay, DOUBLE GOLD, 96 pts: San Francisco Intl Wine Comp
91 points, Wine Enthusiast (March 2017)

A notoriously low-volume vintage year, Saddleback has limited stock of this phenomenal wine, less than usual: only 870 cases versus the usual 1200. Notable among Saddleback’s Chardonnay production techniques include the light and subtle use of French oak aging sur-lees for a period of nine months. The result is bright and pleasing, and as per its review in Wine Enthusiast, “flavors of green apple, pear and melon. Complex, easing into an elegant aftertaste shaded by light oak.”

 The official first public tastings of these two prized wines starts at 11 am open-house style for an entry fee (includes complimentary wine glass), on Saturday, July 29, at the winery’s cellar and vineyard estate, 7802 Money Road, just a ¼ mile off the Oakville Crossroad, in the heart of Napa Valley.


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If you would like more information about Nils Venge, Napa Valley’s Saddleback Cellars, and other Saddleback vineyard lore, please contact Michelle Gagne Ballard at 707.944.1305 or email at


Saddleback Cellars
July 15, 2016 | Saddleback Cellars

One of the Best Wineries In Napa Saddleback Cellars Announces Upcoming Release Party

Napa, CA-based winery Saddleback Cellars have just announced they will be hosting a release party for their 2014 Zinfandel, 2014 Pinot Blanc, and 2014 Chardonnay. The release party will take place July 30th from 11 am. to 4 pm. and will provide guests the opportunity to sample each of the wines being released. The Saddleback Cellars team will also offer food options as part of the event, including smoked tri tip and smoked turkey.

Oenophiles across the country spend months planning their trip to Napa. The region is home to some of the best wineries across the U.S. and combines lush hills with warm weather to assure an unforgettable visit for wine lovers. To make the most of their visit to the region, guests are now welcome to book their tickets for the upcoming release party at one of the best wineries in Napa, Saddleback Cellars.

As part of their upcoming release party on July 30th, Saddleback Cellars will be offering members of the general public the opportunity to sample their award-winning 2014 Pinot Blanc, which received the Gold Medal Award from the 2016 Orange County Wine Society. Guests will also have the opportunity to taste the flavors of the 2014 Chardonnay and Zinfandel releases from Saddleback Cellars. It promises to be an exciting event for interesting discussions on the latest products.

The team at Saddleback Cellars is now accepting bookings for their release party event! To learn more about book your tickets, please contact Saddleback Cellars directly 1-707-944-1305. More information on the winery is available at

Saddleback Cellars
July 14, 2016 | Saddleback Cellars

Saddleback Cellars in Napa Valley Reveal Release Date for 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa Valley, CA-based winery, Saddleback Cellars have recently announced the upcoming release of their 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon. The release is set to take place on September 1st at the Saddleback Cellars winery, to give local guests the opportunity to sample one of the finest Cabernets offered throughout the Napa region.

Napa Valley is a wine producing region known for its outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon products. The latest varietals are being honed by experienced vintners throughout Napa Valley as they seek to expand upon the current market options. The team at Saddleback Cellars have made their name producing refined Cabernet Sauvignons, and their 2012 release is another in a long line of high caliber wines.

A large portion of the fruit used to produce the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon was estate grown  in Saddleback Cellars own vineyard. The winery team have placed a great amount of work into ensuring the optimal taste profile for the wine. At the release event this coming September 1st, guests will have the opportunity to discuss the planting work involved in producing their refined Cabernet Sauvignon product. The winery is currently at the inception of a replanting project, with almost 3 acres of new vines planted in the last two years alone. These developments highlight the continued prominent role Saddleback Cellars holds within the Napa winery community.

To discover more on the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon release event, and the company’s replanting work, please contact the team at Saddleback Cellars directly at 1-707-944-1305 or visit their business website via

Saddleback Cellars
March 9, 2016 | Saddleback Cellars

One of the Best Local Napa Wineries Saddleback Cellars Invites Dog Owners for Spring Stroll

Napa, CA-based winery, Saddleback Cellars is now inviting dog owners from across the local Napa community to explore their winery grounds with their pets. The grounds of Saddleback Cellars feature an open patio space situated between the vineyards and the winery, providing the ideal environment for a walk within one of the best wineries in Napa.

The Napa spring weather has arrived early this year. This means that local residents are now able to enjoy warmer temperatures and greener vineyards in February and March. The changes brought about by El Nino also include additional rainfall, which has helped give the vineyards in Napa a lush green appeal that captivates visitors. To help their guests make the most of this opportunity, the team at Saddleback Cellars is now inviting dog owners and their pets for a spring stroll through their winery.

Dog owners will be able to enjoy the warm sunshine as they stroll around the Saddleback Cellars property and take in the sights of the area. Dogs will enjoy the safe and open feel of the Saddleback Cellars patio areas, as their owners have the chance to meet up and discuss the latest wines available in 2016. It’s the perfect day out in the early year sunshine within one of the best Napa wineries.

The Saddleback Cellars team is now waiting to hear from local guests. To learn more on Saddleback Cellars, please contact their winery directly at 1 707-944-1305 or visit their business website at

Saddleback Cellars
February 18, 2016 | Saddleback Cellars

One of the Top Napa County Wineries Saddleback Cellars Announces Attendance at Zinfandel Experience Grand Tasting Event with Zinfandel Associates & Producers

Oakville, CA-based Saddleback Cellars have just announced they’ll be attending the Zinfandel Experience Grand Tasting hosted by Zinfandel Associates & Producers on February 27th. The Zinfandel Experience event brings together winemakers from over 150 wineries, including Saddleback Cellars in Napa County. The first public wine tasting will be hosted at Pier 27 on the Embarcadero, which offers stunning views of the bay area and surrounding landscapes.

The Zinfandel Experience has been celebrated over its 25-year existence. The varietal is enjoyed across the United States, and particularly in California where the wine is known for its subtle palate, quality, and versatility. Now, the team behind Zinfandel, the Organization of Zinfandel Associates & Producers is celebrating the 25-year history with their Zinfandel Experience event. It’s an event that brings together wine makers and wine lovers from across the country to sample the greatest wines created in recent years.

As representatives of one of the foremost wineries in Napa County, the team at Saddleback Cellars has announced they’ll be taking part in the Grand Tasting for the Zinfandel Experience event at Pier 27 on February 27th.  The event is the world’s largest single varietal wine tasting event and promises to be an exciting experience for wine enthusiasts from across the country. To learn more on the Zinfandel Experience, please contact the folks at Saddleback Cellars today at (707) 944-1305 or visit their business website directly at

Saddleback Cellars
January 20, 2016 | Saddleback Cellars

Saddleback Cellars in Napa County Enhancing Reputation as One of the Top Local Wineries with Latest Releases

Napa, CA-based winery, Saddleback Cellars has recently announced the release of several new wines. As one of the most respected wineries in Napa County, Saddleback Cellars’ releases are widely anticipated across the Valley and the winery has just announced the release of their 2010 Reserve Cabernet, their 30th Anniversary Cabernet and their 2011 Cabernet. These newly released wines have garnered interest from across the viticulture marketplace in Napa County as wine lovers look to purchase bottles for their upcoming occasions and private collections.

A winery can distinguish its brand from the competition by producing refined products that draw a large client base from across the marketplace. It’s for this reason that Saddleback Cellars has become one of the most renowned wineries in Napa County, and the winery’s latest releases are a further indication of their outstanding brand quality.

The 2010 Reserve Cabernet released recently by Saddleback Cellars has earned acclaim from experts across the local marketplace. The wine received 96 points in a review by Robert Parker, a leading wine critic who uses a 100-point scale to determine wine quality. Writing on the subject of the 2010 Reserve Cabernet, Parker noted the product’s “Pauillac-like cedar/wood character, broad, expansive mouthfeel and spicy finish”. It’s a review that highlights the continuing quality of the wines released by Saddleback Cellars winery.

To learn more on the latest wines offered through Saddleback Cellars, please contact their team today at (707) 944-1305 or visit their business website at