We won’t be surprised if you reach for Nickel & Nickel Harris Merlot this summer! In fact, take a look at our recipe page for some ideas for dishes to pair.
In our previous post about Harris Vineyard Merlot, we highlighted some of the characteristics that make this Merlot a favorite for many. Today we’re taking a closer look at the vineyard itself and what makes it perfectly suited for this Merlot.
The vineyard is located in Oakville, just east of our Branding Iron Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard. This vineyard is planted on a large alluvial fan that extends from the Mayacamas Mountains, across the Branding Iron Vineyard, into Harris Vineyard, and reaches all the way to the western edge of the Rock Cairn Vineyard. The vineyard’s Bale soil series are developed on alluvial fans and flood plains, while the Clear Lake soil series are found on old alluvial fans derived from sedimentary rock. Both soil series can be found in this vineyard, giving it a gravelly clay loam.
The good soil drainage and southern sun exposure position the vineyard to produce a beautiful, complex Merlot. Stay tuned for tasting impressions from Winemaker Darice Spinelli.
You are cordially invited to a spectacular evening celebrating the art of life during Napa Valley Festival del Sole 2013. Join us Saturday, July 20, for a star-studded performance of The 24 Hour Plays, followed by dinner at Far Niente with a dynamic musical concert by Frederica von Stade. Through our partnership with Festival del Sole, we are delighted to offer our wine club members VIP evening passes for $500 each ($150 off the full-ticket price).
This evening begins at Yountville’s Lincoln Theater with The 24 Hour Plays. Watch what happens when actors, writers, directors and producers are given just 24 hours to create and rehearse short original plays and perform them in front of a live theater audience. This year’s award-winning cast includes Academy Award nominee Alfre Woodard, four-time Emmy winner Allison Janney, Emmy and Golden Globe winner Calista Flockhart, Christopher Meloni and Chazz Palminteri.
Afterwards, join the cast, festival patrons and fellow wine club members at our sister winery, Far Niente, for a lavish dinner and private concert. Overlooking the pond and vineyards, dine on Executive Chef Trevor Eliason’s cuisine paired with Far Niente estate Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. The evening concludes with an intimate performance by Frederica von Stade, one of the world’s most celebrated vocalists, plus a special surprise from the cast of The 24 Hour Plays.
NAPA VALLEY FESTIVAL DEL SOLE VIP EVENING
SATURDAY, JULY 20
The 24 Hour Plays
Alfre Woodard, Allison Janney, Calista Flockhart,
Christopher Meloni, Chazz Palminteri and Star Jones.
Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater
Dinner & Private Concert
Frederica von Stade
To purchase your VIP evening pass at the $500 preferred Far Niente wine club rate (full price is $650), please contact Tessa Edwards, Festival del Sole Patron Services Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 707.944.9910 ext 2. PROMO CODE: FARNIENTE
Important: VIP evening passes must be purchased directly with Tessa Edwards, Festival del Sole patron services manager, to ensure you receive the preferred Far Niente wine club rate.
Wine Club Members may enjoy additional Festival del Sole events at a preferred rate of $850 for a full-day VIP pass or $550 for an evening VIP pass. Highlights include Audra McDonald, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, the Russian National Orchestra, Concord Jazz All-Stars, Sarah Chang, Dance Gala, and more. Visit www.festivaldelsole.org for the complete schedule.