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Winery Events for 2013

on December 10, 2012

The new year isn’t quite here yet, but we’ve already planned a selection of wonderful events at both Far Niente and Nickel & Nickel wineries. Take a look at the events below, and mark your calendars. We’ll have more information about each event as the dates approach. We hope to see you!

Cabernet Release Day at Far Niente

February 2: Be the first to taste and acquire the 2010 Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon! You will also have the opportunity to taste aged treasures from Cave Collection and preview our 2011 Cabernet with Winemaker Nicole Marchesi.

By appointment: (707) 944-2861, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Nickel & Nickel Open House

February 2: Indulge in an array of our specially selected single-vineyard wines. Enjoy current releases, along with tastes of aged Cabernets and a sneak peak of our spring release wines.

By appointment: (707) 967-9600, 10:00 a.m.—3:00 p.m.

Futures Barrel Tasting at Nickel & Nickel

May 18: Preview our 2012 Single-Vineyard Cabernets from this bountiful and delicious vintage and reserve your favorite wines at special futures pricing.

By appointment: (707) 967-9600, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Bacchanalia at Nickel & Nickel

June 15: Join us in the Barrel Cellar for a sumptuous celebration of food and wine. You will partake in a multi-course feast paired with a gorgeous selection of our single-vineyard wines. Seating is limited.

By appointment: (707) 967-9600, 6:00 p.m.

Cabernet Release Day at Nickel & Nickel

August 10: Celebrate the release of our 2010 Single-Vineyard Cabernets! Be the first to taste these wines, and take home your favorites from our newest vintage.

By appointment: (707) 967-9600, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Far Niente Chardonnay Celebration

August 10: Relax beneath the cork oaks with tastes of current and past vintages of Far Niente Chardonnay paired with bites from the kitchen.

By appointment: (707) 944-2861, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Harvest Party at Nickel & Nickel

September 28: Join us in the Gleason Barn for a celebration of the harvest season, complete with behind-the-scenes harvest tours, wine and paired bites.

By appointment: (707) 967-9600

Holiday Reception at Far Niente:

December 7: Toast the holidays with us at Far Niente and enjoy the music and culinary treats of the season, along with current and past vintages of Far Niente and Dolce.

By appointment: (707) 944-2861, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

 

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What Does a Winery Chef Do?

on November 29, 2012

I thought I would use this blog as an opportunity to explain what a winery chef does. Not that I want to burst anyone’s bubble, but we don’t have a restaurant at the winery–though I wish we did. My job as Executive Chef is to pair food to the wonderful single-vineyard wines we produce. I take extensive notes while tasting through different wines and vintages with the winemaker, and I use that knowledge to construct locally focused, seasonal dishes that highlight particular flavors and aromas in each wine.

Every year, we add dishes to our master cookbook and then share a few of these with you throughout the year in our newsletter and on our website. Who, you ask, gets to enjoy this wonderful harmony of food and wine? All of the food for the wine club events is prepared by our in-house culinary team. Food and wine pairings, or lunch, can be arranged for private parties instead of the traditional tastings. We also support the winery with charities, promotions and sales.

I look forward to seeing you at of our wine club events (stay tuned for our 2013 event calendar), and I wish you happy holidays.

A behind-the-scenes snapshot of a video shoot I participated in this week. Look for the video–and a recipe and wine pairing–in our December newsletter!

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Harvest Party 2012

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!

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Party Like It’s Harvest 2012!

on September 10, 2012

Harvest is one of our favorite times in the Napa Valley, and we wanted to share this experience with you, our closest friends. This year we’re inviting you to join us for a harvest celebration, Nickel & Nickel style. We plan to open current wines and aged bottling, kick up our heels to some live music and sample tasty bites from Chef Trevor Eliason. Weather permitting, we will have informal, behind-the-scenes crush tours.

The event will run from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m., so make dinner reservations at one of your favorite nearby restaurants and stop by Nickel & Nickel beforehand for a harvest toast.

For reservations, contact Noelle Govi at ngovi@nickelandnickel.com or call (707) 967-9600.

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Special Event: Bacchanalia 2012

on May 29, 2012

If you’ve been to an event at Nickel & Nickel, whether a wine club event, a corporate event or even a tour and tasting, you know that a special experience awaits.

Right now we’re looking forward to Bacchanalia – an over-the-top celebration of food and wine on Saturday, June 16. If you haven’t contacted Noelle to make your reservations, you will want to do so today. (Email her at ngovi@nickelandnickel.com or call (707) 967-9600.)

Picture it: a balmly late-spring evening with wine and hors d’oervres served around the Reflection Pond; a multicourse feast paired with single-vineyard gems plucked from our cellar. The gods may be envious, but something tells us they would also approve.

We hope you can join us! Also, mark your calendars for Cabernet Release Day on August 11. You won’t want to miss this introduction of our 2009 Single-Vineyard Cabernets.

Guests mingle at last year’s Bacchanalia.

For more pictures from the event, view our Facebook album.

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