It’s the season for pumpkins! You may have picked up a few for decorations—or, if you’re an enterprising cook, perhaps you plan to use fresh pumpkin in holiday recipes (take a look at Chef Trevor’s recipe for pumpkin cheesecake).
You’ve probably seen giant pumpkins at fairs. (A Napa man recently won big with his giant pumpkins at several competitions.) Well, Javier, a gardener at Nickel & Nickel, decided to try his hand at this large squash—and he grew a real heavyweight!
Javier says he got started a little late this year; if he’d started in April, this pumpkin would be even larger!
Are you carving up jack-o’-lanterns or did you plant your very own pumpkin patch this year? Big pumpkins or little, we want to see them! Email your pics to email@example.com by November 4 and we’ll include your prize pumpkins in our next newsletter.
Are you visiting Nickel & Nickel (or Far Niente) in November? In addition to world-class wineries and restaurants, Napa Valley has a lot to offer in the arena of performance, art and holiday celebrations with a local flavor.
The events below are just a taste of what we have going on this month. For more information, click the link associated with each event.
Musical Revue: And the World Goes ‘Round at the Napa Valley Playhouse (Napa)
*starring Far Niente Hospitality Manger, Tim Setzer!
Through Nov 10, 2013
Exhibition: Napa Valley A to Z at the Napa Valley Museum (Yountville)
Through Nov 24, 2013
Party: Third Annual Monster Ball at the Native Sons Hall (St. Helena)
Nov 1, 2013
Concert: Makana at the Napa Valley Opera House (Napa)
Nov 2, 2013
Concert: Dave Mason at the Uptown Theatre (Napa)
Nov 7, 2013
Concert: Patty Larkin at the Napa Valley Opera House (Napa)
Nov 8, 2013
Wine Education: Napa Valley vs. The World (Napa)
Nov 10 2013
Concert: Lincoln Lyrics at Napa Valley Performing Arts Center (Yountville)
Nov 10, 2013
Concert: Eroica at the Napa Valley Opera House (Napa)
Nov 10, 2013
Concert: Soja at the Uptown Theatre (Napa)
Nov 10, 2013
Film: Napa Valley Film Festival
Nov 13 – 17, 2013
Presentation: Michael Pollan at the Napa Valley Performing Arts Center (Yountville)
Nov 13, 2013
Exhibition: Vintage Aircraft Display at Napa County Airport (South Napa)
Nov 16 – 17
Festival: Flavor! Napa Valley
Nov 20 – 24, 2013
Art: Giving Thanks: Holiday Open House at The Grand Hand Gallery (Napa)
Nov 23, 2013
Concert: Handel’s Messiah at the Napa Valley Performing Arts Center (Yountville)
Nov 24, 2013
Film: Tuesday Night Flicks: Meet Me in St. Louis at Napa Valley Opera House (Napa)
Nov 26, 2013
Holiday: Napa Tree Lighting Ceremony at Veteran’s Park (Napa)
Nov 27, 2013
Holiday: Thanksgiving Dinner at the Meritage Resort and Spa (Napa)
Nov 28, 2013
Comedy: Paula Poundstone at the Napa Valley Opera House (Napa)
Nov 29, 2013
Holiday: Yountville’s 25th Annual Festival of Lights
Nov 29, 2013
Play: Scrooge at Spreckels Performing Arts Center (Sonoma)
*starring Far Niente Hospitality Manager, Tim Setzer, as Scrooge!
Nov 29 – Dec 22, 2013
Holiday: Christmas Parade in Downtown Napa
Nov 30, 2013
Have you seen our new catalog? Each year we create a catalog filled with wine gift ideas, perfect for the holidays but ideal, too, for year-around giving. Take a look at our catalog here.
The Nickel & Nickel Single-Vineyard Trio, featuring 2010 C.C. Ranch, Kelham and State Ranch Cabernets, is just one great gift idea. Check out our catalog for more inspiration from Nickel & Nickel and our sister wineries, Far Niente, Dolce and EnRoute. Each gift is linked to our online store, or call us at (707) 967-9600 for personal assistance.
“Harvest is a many splendored thing,” as the saying goes. Well, maybe that’s not exactly how it goes, but if you take a look at the videos below, you’ll see that harvest is truly a labor of skill–and love.
In our first video, Winemaker Darice Spinelli shares an overview of the 2013 harvest:
Here Darice demonstrates how our optical sorter adds a new layer of precision after hand sorting the fruit:
Darice shows a drain and press on a tank of 2013 Nickel & Nickel Hayne Vineyard Cabernet:
Take a look at fermentations in our open-top tanks–and hear what Darice has to say about tannin this year:
You won’t want to miss our 2014 Futures barrel tasting event, which will feature our 2013 Single-Vineyard Cabernets. Stay-tuned–the date will be announced in December. Learn more about our Futures program here.