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November 3, 2015 | Saddleback Cellars

Family Owned Winery Saddleback Cellars Announce Owner Nils Venge Set to Visit Cuba for California Wine Symposium

Oakville, CA-based family-owned winery, Saddleback Cellars has recently announced that their owner Nils Venge will be attending the California Wine Symposium in Cuba from January 31 to February 3, 2016. The event, which is being organized in collaboration with California Wine Institute, The Napa Valley Vintners, and Sonoma Valley Vintners, will allow attendees to learn more on the wine industry in Cuba.

Wine is an important part of the culture in Cuba. But with limitations in trade with other countries, access to American wines has been limited across the country. With the warming relations with the United States, and with trade talks opening between the two countries, there is now an opportunity for Californian wines to be sent to Cuba for the locals to enjoy. This has led to the inaugural California Wine Symposium to take place in Havana, Cuba in 2016.

At the California Wine Symposium, attendees will have the opportunity to learn more on doing business in Cuba. They will learn about local wine products as well as the local marketplace. They will also have the opportunity to share their wines with local restauranteurs, sommeliers, hotel managers and chefs. Owner of the family-owned Saddleback Cellars Winery, Nils Venge will be in attendance and will be highlighting the company’s wines and the tempting flavors they will bring to the Cuban market.

To learn more on the California Wine Symposium, please contact the Saddleback Cellars Winery at 1 707-944-1305 or visit their business website at

Time Posted: Nov 3, 2015 at 11:03 AM
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October 6, 2015 | Saddleback Cellars

Specialists for Wine Tasting Tours Saddleback Cellars Participating in Loyola-Marymount Event

Oakville, CA-based vineyard, Saddleback Cellars has recently announced that their team will be in attendance at the Loyola-Marymount University Classic. The event, which is the 35th annual Wine Classic, will bring together winery owners from across California. Saddleback Cellars will be highlighting their wine tasting tours at the event, as well as showcasing the quality of their local products.

By taking part in industry events and introducing their products to other owners and vintners from across the region, California winemakers can ensure their wines achieve a wider audience and gain in popularity. It’s important, therefore, for winemakers to take part in the leading events across the marketplace to ensure both their products and their wine tasting tours gain prominence in the industry. The Loyola-Marymount University Classic represents one of the most important events in the large Los Angeles market for California Wine Country products.

The 35th Annual Wine Classic will be taking place at Loyola-Marymount University on January 31, 2016. Guests at the event can look forward to tasting over 150 wines, as well as partaking in the buffet that will be accompanying the available wine products. There will also be a silent auction at the event, in which guests will be able to bid on prizes such as Wine Country packages, specialty wines and other wine products.

It promises to be an exciting event for the wine industry. To learn more on the Loyola-Marymount University Classic or Saddleback Cellars, please contact Saddleback Cellars directly at (707) 944-1305 or visit their business website at

Time Posted: Oct 6, 2015 at 7:15 AM
Chef Eli
September 28, 2015 | Chef Eli

Grilled Pork Loin with Pineapple, Steamed String Beans and Saddleback Sangiovese!


Serves 4

  • 2013 Saddleback Sangiovese 
  • 1 Pork loin
  • 8,1/2 inch thick slices of fresh pineapple rings
  • 1/3 cup veg. oil
  • string beans

Dry Rub

  • 3 tbs. paprika
  • 2 tbs. granulated garlic
  • 2 tbs. onion powder
  • 2 tbs. ground coriander
  • 1 tbs. cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbs. cumin
  • 1 tbs. black pepper


Thoroughly mix all dry rub ingredients in a bowl and set aside.  Place the loin in a deep baking dish and pour oil over the meat. Thoroughly coat and add the dry rub.  Massage dry rub into the loin ensuring complete coverage.  Set aside for 6 hours in refrigerator. 

Remove the loin to rest at room temperature 30 minutes before grilling.

Open the bottle of Sangiovese and pour yourself a glass! Sear each side of the loin on the grill and reduce the heat. Cook until the internal temperature reaches 145 °F, remove from the grill and cover with foil to rest. 

In the interim, grill the pineapple slices until thoroughly hot. 

Steam the string beans until desired tenderness.

Thinly slice the tenderloin and serve with 2 slices of pineapple, string beans and the remaining glasses of Saddleback Cellars Sangiovese!


Time Posted: Sep 28, 2015 at 10:51 AM
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August 26, 2015 | Saddleback Cellars

Harvest 2015 kicks off early!

Well, harvest is already underway and our crush pad is full of grapes, equipment, and noises! This is by far the most exciting time of the year at the winery because we get to see the quality of the fruit ourselves before we turn it into delicious alcohol! Only 52 miles from the bustling city of San Francisco you can drive up and take the most exciting agricultural production process out there! 

Check out our beautiful Chardonnay grapes below, fruit from Carneros on the left and Rutherford on the right.

Time Posted: Aug 26, 2015 at 11:14 AM
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July 23, 2015 | Saddleback Cellars

Visit one of the Napa Region’s Most Popular Wineries for Saddleback Cellars’ 2013 Old Vine Zinfandel Release Party

Oakville, CA-based Saddleback Cellars has just announced that they will be hosting a release party for their 2013 Old Vine Zinfandel. The release party will be held on Saturday, August 1st from 11am to 4pm at the Saddleback Cellars winery, with tickets priced at $30 per person. It’s an event that promises to cement Saddleback Cellars’ reputation as one of the most respected Napa wineries.

California Wine Country is home to a broad range of award-winning wines, and continues to bring together millions of oenophiles each year to celebrate the latest flavors carefully crafted in the local Napa wineries. As one of the most popular wineries serving the Napa region, Saddleback Cellars is now offering an exciting glimpse into one of their latest releases – the 2013 Old Vine Zinfandel.

The Saddleback Cellars 2013 Old Vine Zinfandel release party is destined to be a memorable occasion for guests from across the region for a historic release. Their 2013 Old Vine Zinfandel is the winery’s 21st zinfandel vintage, and is mostly sourced from a 95-year-old Calistoga vineyard. The party will feature live music, BBQ tri-tip and turkey, plenty of wine, as well as an eclectic range of fun games for all guests. And entry to this exciting event will be free for all members of the Saddleback Cellars Wine Club. The event is timed to coincide with the Silver Oak Cellar’s release party, which should ensure that many wine enthusiasts are in the area and in attendance at the Saddleback Cellars event. In addition to the Old Vine Zinfandel, guests at the Saddleback Cellars release party will have the opportunity to taste the winery’s Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Cabernet Sauvignon among many others!

To learn more about the Saddleback Cellars release party, please contact their team directly at (707) 944.1305 or visit their business website today via


Time Posted: Jul 23, 2015 at 8:33 AM
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July 16, 2015 | Saddleback Cellars

Join us for our summer release party on August 1st!

On Saturday, August 1st from 11 - 4 we will be celebrating the release of our 2013 Old Vine Zinfandel and the upcoming harvest!

We will be pouring a number of wines in addition to our Zinfandel along with live music (The Gary Lee Yoder Band) and a big BBQ featuring tri-tip and turkey.

Please attend if you can, we would love to see you there! The event is free for our wine club members and $30 for the general public. 

Time Posted: Jul 16, 2015 at 4:38 PM