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Single-Vineyard Chardonnay: Get to Know Medina Vineyard

on August 17, 2016

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What’s so remarkable about the Nickel & Nickel Medina Vineyard Chardonnay, Russian River ValleyWhen we host tastings and winemaker dinners, we often hear this question asked about a specific single-vineyard Chardonnay or Cabernet Sauvignon in our portfolio. At Nickel & Nickel we passionately seek out extraordinary vineyards, vineyards that not only produce exceptional fruit, but are also uniquely expressive of their AVA.  When we find those sites, we farm them with precision, giving each exactly what it needs to achieve the purest expression of its place.

It’s a hands-on process, and the wines that result are truly one-of-a-kind.
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A Red-Carpet Day for Napa Valley Cabernet

on August 1, 2016

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 If there was ever a Napa Valley Cabernet vintage to roll out the red carpet for, the 2013 was it! Even before our Nickel & Nickel Single-Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignons were bottled, we were able to taste the depth and richness of these stars in the making.

When we introduced the new release during Saturday’s annual Cabernet Day event, the wines were expressive, textured and just plain delicious. Some felt like velvet, while others showed a full-bodied hillside intensity. We loved sharing the full lineup with our wine club members and their guests.

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2014 Nickel & Nickel Single-Vineyard Cabernet Futures Update

on March 17, 2016

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Each spring, we introduce a new vintage of Nickel & Nickel Single-Vineyard Cabernet Futures during our annual Futures Barrel Tasting. It’s a lively celebration, as well as a unique opportunity to taste our Single-Vineyard Cabernets while they are still in barrel and reserve some of our most acclaimed (and limited production) wines before they are bottled.

Learn more about our Cabernet Futures Program.

When we tasted the 2014 vintage at last spring’s barrel tasting, it was already showing bright young fruit, yielding tannins and a wonderful richness on the midpalate. We couldn’t believe how well integrated and approachable the wine already seemed to be.

We checked in with Winemaker Darice Spinelli to see how they’re doing now. Her 2014 Cabernet Futures update is below!  (more…)

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A Winemaker’s Napa Valley Holiday

on December 17, 2015



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.

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A Taste of Napa Valley, at Home: The Estate Collection Dinner Party

on November 10, 2015

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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…)

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