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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