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Nickel & Nickel’s Giant Pumpkin

by on October 29, 2013

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!

Nickel & Nickel Pumpkin

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 rnewbold@nickelandnickel.com by November 4 and we’ll include your prize pumpkins in our next newsletter.

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Napa Valley Events – November

by on October 24, 2013

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

Flavor Napa Valley

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

Scrooge

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Ideas for Your Fall Entertaining from Nickel & Nickel

by on October 21, 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.

Single-Vineyard Trio

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.

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Nickel & Nickel Harvest 2013

by on October 15, 2013

“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.

 

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Harvest Napa Valley 2013

by on September 26, 2013

How is Harvest 2013 looking in the Napa Valley? Take a look at this video from the Napa Valley Vintners, which includes a spot from our very own winemaker, Darice Spinelli. Things are looking terrific for our Napa Cabernet!

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