If you haven’t been to the Napa Valley during harvest, here is one more incentive: our second annual harvest party on September 28, 2013. We admit, Napa Valley is a wonderful place to visit year around, but the months of September and October are two of the most exciting. The valley is full of activity—the wonderful sights, sounds and smells of harvest. It’s not to be missed!
Last year’s first day of harvest and blessing of the grapes
We celebrate harvest with current vintages of our single-vineyard wines, as well as a few surprises from the cellar paired with live music and hors d’oeuvres. Behind-the-scenes harvest tours will give you an inside peek at the care we give each vineyard. The event is planned for 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., so make reservations at your favorite nearby restaurant and join us for appetizers and wine!
If you haven’t already RSVP’d, you will want to do so right away as this event will sell out. Click here or call (707) 967-9600 for more information. We look forward to seeing you!
This easy recipe from Executive Chef Trevor Eliason makes a great hors d’oeuvres course. Pair with our Single-Vineyard Cabernet (we opened C.C. Ranch, but feel free to try with our other Napa Cabernets!) for a delicious start to dinner.
Cedar Plank-Roasted Manchego Cheese,
Brandied Cherries, Charred Onion Jam and Crostini
1 yellow onion
1/2 cup olive oil
Salt and pepper, to taste
1/8 cup toasted almonds,
1/8 cup brandied cherries, halved
5 ounces aged Manchego cheese
1 cedar plank, 6″ x 4″,
soaked in water overnight
This recipe has two simple parts: the cherry, onion and almond compote and the roasted cheese.
Slice the onion into thick slices, brush with oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill both sides of the onion on high heat until dark grill marks appear. Dice the onion once it has cooled and fold in the almonds and brandied cherries. Season with salt and pepper and a splash of balsamic vinegar.
Remove the rind and place the cheese on the soaked cedar plank. Place the plank in a 300°F oven for about 4 minutes. You want the cheese to be warm all the way through without melting too much. It should appear soft and shiny, but still hold its shape.
Serve the compote and crostini alongside the warm cheese. Enjoy with a glass of Nickel & Nickel C.C. Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon.
A big thank you to all who joined us for our Cabernet Release last Saturday, August 10. We couldn’t have asked for better weather to pair with our new, 2010 Single-Vineyard Cabernets!
Mary Grace and Dirk Hampson poured 2010 Nickel & Nickel Dragonfly Vineyard Cabernet from St. Helena, Napa Valley.
A beautiful day for 2010 Single-Vineyard Cabernet!
Guests enjoyed wonderful selection of cheeses and treats from Chef Trevor’s kitchen.
Winemaker Darice Spinelli poured 2010 Nickel & Nickel Kelham Vineyard Cabernet from Oakville, Napa Valley.
Wine Club Manager Julie Zanze poured 2010 Nickel & Nickel Quarry Vineyard Cabernet from Rutherford, Napa Valley.
If you were unable to join us for the release event, find out more about all 12 of our 2010 Single-Vineyard Cabernets here. Better yet, why don’t you visit us and experience a selection of our newest vintage for yourself?
(Insider’s tip: as we head into the harvest season, our tours and tastings fill up quickly. Give us a call as soon as you know your plans: 707-967-9600)
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.