Archive of Julie Zanze
on April 18, 2013
You can make out like a bandit in more than one way during our Cabernet Futures Program! This is your chance to reserve our 2012 Nickel & Nickel wines while they are still aging in the barrel. The French call this process en primeur (literally ‘in youth’). Futures purchasers benefit by reserving the wines they love at current release prices, with the added convenience of receiving them after bottling and without risking a sellout of these limited-production, sought-after wines upon release. Our Nickel & Nickel Futures are available for a limited time each year, from April 30 through July 31, and shipped in early spring 2015.
But the big reward goes to those that buy any 18-bottle Futures purchase with a membership in our Futures Thief Club! Members of this club receive their own etched Nickel & Nickel wine thief–a tool to sample or “steal” wine directly from the barrel. Members then have the opportunity to return to the winery on two occasions over the next several months to experience a private barrel tasting of the wines they purchased as they age and chart their progress.
Get a glimpse of the future and build your cellar collection now. Our 2012 Cabernets promise to steal your heart.
Click here to view the invitation to this event, or for more information call us at (707) 967-9600 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
on October 19, 2012
Last Saturday we had our first-ever Harvest Party for our wine club members here at Nickel & Nickel, and I must say—in the spirit of the season—it was a home run event!
One of the best things about our events is the opportunity to meet so many great people. We love getting the chance to talk with the folks who support us and enjoy our wines. It’s so rewarding to hear, “I love this!” from someone trying a wine for the first time, or even their tenth time. It was also so impressive to have so many members visiting from out of state for the party. I talked to members everywhere from Wisconsin to Texas to Florida.
The food was nothing short of amazing. Chef Trevor knocked it out of the park with his mouth-watering lamb sliders right off the grill. All of the tasty bites paired beautifully with a great lineup of older vintages that we poured. And the yummy desserts and Dolce in the Gleason Barn were enough to satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth, especially mine.
For entertainment, we had the talented guitar duo Carter & Bodlovich playing some cool Brazilian jazz riffs and Gypsy Swing music throughout the afternoon. The crushpad was loaded up, too, with our harvest crew and some behind-the scenes crush tours. The courtyard was buzzing as our guests milled around the reflection pond and barns, enjoying the gorgeous Indian summer weather. As the sun went down, many were nestled by the glow of the bonfires and beautiful sunset.
This might just be my new favorite wine club event. It was the perfect way to catch up with our club members and toast the 2012 vintage!
on June 14, 2012
“Gorgeous”, “stunning”, “fabulous”, “brilliant execution”—these oohs and aahs from our guests when they first enter the Gleason Barn are always the highlight of my day. Since the Wine Club department moved into the Gleason Barn last winter, I’ve enjoyed hearing the repeated gasps and first reactions from visitors.
Our winery tours begin at the Sullenger House, a restored, 1884 Queen Anne-style home, and include a walk through the historic Nickel & Nickel farmstead, including the fermentation barns and underground barrel aging cellar. But the highlight for many of our guests seems to be the Gleason Barn.
Originally built circa 1770 in Meriden, New Hampshire by the Gleason family, the 3,000 square-foot pre-Revolutionary War-era hay barn was spared demolition by its purchase in 2001. After two years spent dismantling the barn, designing blueprints, restoring and saving the wood beams, the barn was shipped in pieces to Nickel & Nickel and reconstructed in 2003 to house our winemaking offices, laboratory, and now, finally, our wine club offices.
Nothing else says rustic elegance like a beautiful barn, and the wide open spaces inherent to the structures are perfect for our offices and entertaining. We host many of our wine club events in the barn, and also other private wine events for corporate groups. Next time you’re in the Gleason Barn, be sure to look up at the loft area and say “hi” to the wine club girls.
on February 16, 2012
Valentine’s Day might be behind us now, but love is still in the air for me.
As a recent bride, it was my first Valentine’s Day with my husband as a married couple, and I wanted it to be as special as possible. I’ll admit that I was excited to finally be able to buy a Valentine’s Day card from the “Husband” section at Hallmark, but the pressure was on…what should I give my husband that shows I’m excited to be his wife? Should the tone be sexy or sweet? Traditional or creative? With so many options, it finally hit me that since the day is about celebrating with the ones we love, and I love Cabernet, that I should treat my new husband to some luscious Nickel & Nickel Cabernets!
I thought even more about our recent nuptials in Sun Valley with its heart-stopping views and romantic setting, and decided to put together a case of the luscious Cabernets we chose to celebrate with at our wedding. Each wine was a special pick that mirrored our tastes: the 2005 Witz End Cab was a little bit country and a little bit rock’n roll; the 2008 Quarry Vineyard was an intoxicatingly beautiful Cabernet; and the 2006 Dolce satisfied our craving for sweetness with some hidden surprises. These beguiling wines created a most festive and indelible moment sprinkled about the tables. The wines infused our Valentine’s Day with wonderful memories of our nuptials, and I think an annual tradition has found its start!