The surest way to guarantee blue skies and sunshine? Plan for inclement weather.
Although we clearly had every intention of welcoming the rain at our Oakville winery, we loved celebrating a cloudless Napa Valley afternoon with our wine club members and guests at this year’s Nickel & Nickel Open House.
What a remarkable day! Our Single-Vineyard Wines were elegant and approachable, the wood-fired pizzas were in high demand, and our guests readily embraced the rainy day spirit, despite the almost balmy temps. (more…)
For Winemaker Darice Spinelli, the holidays are all about family, with great food, wine and a few lively games thrown in for FUN! That FUN – with a Capital F – starts on Christmas Eve with oyster stew, apple salad, and Truchard Vineyard Chardonnay. This year, there may be some library vintages of Suscol Ranch Merlot on the table, too.
As for Christmas Day, Darice shares a snapshot of her Napa Valley Holiday, by the hour, below. Read on…
6:30 am: Our dog, Bentley, is up.
Time to make coffee and take him on a Christmas walk.
8:30 am: Arrive at Mom and Dad’s just in time to help Dad make his famous Aebleskivers.
About the size of a kiwi, they are Danish, a bit like pancakes, but filled with fruit. My favorites are apple, blueberry or raisin filled. My dad’s been perfecting the recipe for years, and everyone in my family has a “seasoned” Aebleskiver pan. On Christmas, we make about 120 for breakfast and serve them with lemon sauce. One Aebleskiver has an almond tucked inside of it, and whoever gets the one with the almond wins a prize. Of course, you have to show the evidence so you can’t eat the almond! It’s lots of fun.
The Estate Collection holds a special place in our hearts. A little bit Russian River, a whole lotta Napa Valley, it’s a small taste of what we grow and make, from our family of wineries. Inspired by the wines in this classic four-bottle boxed set, Executive Chef Trevor Eliason created this festive four-course menu, recipes included. Full of rich autumn favorites, it’s perfect for a hungry table of six (although the hearty recipes could easily be stretched to accommodate eight)!
Four Wines + Four Recipes = A Complete Dinner Party (more…)
State Ranch Vineyard, Yountville, Napa Valley
Nickel & Nickel Harvest 2015 in Seven Words or Less: Early, High-Speed, Small Yields, Intense Flavors.
On September 3rd, we picked our first Napa Valley blocks of Truchard Chardonnay and C.C. Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon. In addition to making this one of the earliest harvests on record for us, Mother Nature decided this would also be one of the rare years when we brought both Chardonnay and Cabernet into the winery on the same day. We pick our fruit when the vineyard demands it! (more…)
Winemaker Darice Spinelli hasn’t seen a vintage like 2013 since she began her Napa Valley winemaking career in 1988. With the 2013 Nickel & Nickel Single-Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignons now in bottle, Darice offers us a snapshot of what she calls the most unique vintage we’ve ever had. (more…)