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Pairing Tips: Cheese & Charcuterie

on February 11, 2015


Thanks to all who attended our Nickel & Nickel Winter Open House last weekend! The fantastic crowd definitely kept things lively under overcast skies. The Napa Valley was drenched this past week with much needed rain, but the water-laden clouds spared us for the day and we entertained a full house. While Nickel & Nickel staff graciously poured our single-vineyard wines in our Fermentation Barns, Chef Trevor Eliason replenished the tables in the lounge area with cheese and charcuterie to keep palates interesting.


Chef Trevor has provided us with suggestions for compiling your own spreads for a lovely cheese, charcuterie and wine experience at home. Keep in mind – everyone’s tastes are different, and the fun is in discovering how the food interacts with the wine on your palate.


Age Matters: Go for aged cheeses with wonderfully concentrated flavors. At Open House, we served the Beemster Gouda, aged 18 months and 24 months.

Waxed vs. Washed: We typically recommend a waxed-rind cheese for wine pairing purposes – washed-rind cheese tends to be too ripe.

Salt Content: Look for something not too salty, so as to not interfere with the flavors of the wine. A good, balanced cheese we like to serve at events is Highway-1.

Cow, Sheep, Goat?: Local cow and sheep cheese is safe bet when attempting to pair with wine; goat cheese is not always wine-friendly. However, there are exceptions to the rule – we do offer Cypress Grove Midnight Moon Chèvre with Nickel & Nickel wines.


Texture: We select thinly sliced meats instead of sausages, terrines and rillettes – think Proscuitto or Bresaola. This form of charcuterie offers a nice melt-in-your-mouth texture that is fantastic with wine.

Salty or Spicy?: Salty, fatty charcuterie goes great with our Nickel & Nickel Cabernets. Hot and spicy meats are not the best complement to our wines, but if you’re looking for something with a little bite, try a Mortadella with peppercorns.

Befriend the Butcher: It’s always great to support your local businesses. If you’re looking for charcuterie, chat with your butcher and ask if you can taste a selection of meats before you purchase. Try a combination of three different meats, like beef, pork and duck, and see what jumps out at you.

Happy pairing!


In a Nutshell: Nickel & Nickel’s 2014 Harvest

on November 17, 2014

Cheers to a fantastic 2014 harvest! We started harvesting fruit at the beginning of September, building to a crescendo that ended on October 14th – the majority of the fruit came in that last two-and-a-half weeks. Overall, we experienced ideal conditions for harvest save for some rain towards the last week of September, which only softened tannins in our Oakville, Yountville and hillside wines.


10426180_10152511701889086_1642390701212534517_n10514328_10152528326249086_2908955238307328132_o Left: Truchard Vineyard Chardonnay from our annual Blessing of the Grapes
Right: Beautiful Nickel & Nickel Cabernet Sauvignon fruit

The vintage perfectly encapsulates our single-vineyard winemaking philosophy with the distinctive vineyard expressions evident in the wines. Winemaker Darice Spinelli notes that the vineyard expression is “very pronounced” this year with our Cabernets, ranging from elegant wines graced with soft tannins to bold, more powerful and robust expressions. You can, however, expect the typical red and dark berry fruits characteristic of each vineyard.

We’re also very excited for the development of our 2014 Nickel & Nickel Chardonnays. The wines are filling our fermentation barns with gorgeous aromatics and are already offering beautiful, forward fruit flavors with great balance. We can’t wait to share this vintage with you.


The Nickel & Nickel team

2011 Nickel & Nickel Cabernet Day

on July 11, 2014

It’s summer, and while we love Chardonnay we’re thinking Napa Cabernet—2011 Nickel & Nickel Cabernet Sauvignon, in fact. This year we’re celebrating our newest vintage on Saturday, August 2, with tastes offered of each of the 12 single-vineyard wines that make up this vintage.

What’s special about 2011? We think you’ll find that these wines share a beautiful balance and elegant expressions of each vineyard.

And you won’t go away hungry. Chef Trevor and his team are preparing an array of hors d’oeuvres to complement the flavors of the wines.

This event is nearly sold out, so if you want to attend, be sure to call us today at (707)967-9600.

Members of our wine clubs are the first to receive invitations to all of our winery events, as well as special pricing on wines and wine shipments. Learn about club member benefits here.

Napa Cabernet


Your Summer Visit

on June 2, 2014

Nickel & Nickel

Maybe you’ve driven by Nickel & Nickel on Highway 29 and have never visited. Or maybe you make sure you do stop in for a tour and tasting each time you’re in the Napa Valley. Either way, we hope we will see you this summer!

Here are some tips for making the most of your visit:

Plan Ahead

Hotel, spa and dining reservations can fill up quickly during the late spring and summer months, and the same is true for tour and tasting appointments at Nickel & Nickel. As soon as you know you’re heading our way, please give us a call at (707) 967-9600 or make your reservation online. Weekends and holidays, and even weekdays, can book as much as 6 weeks out—and sometimes more.

The Wine Club Advantage

Our wine club members enjoy many benefits, including wine shipments, invitations to winery events and savings on wine purchases. They also receive complimentary tours and tastings, up to a party of four and with advance reservation, at both Far Niente and Nickel & Nickel properties. Take a look at our wine club offerings and see if any fit your tastes!

Get Ready to Taste!

Visits to the winery include a tour through the property and winemaking facilities followed by a seated tasting. If you love Napa Valley Cabernets, this tasting is special treat as you will taste four Single-Vineyard Cabernets from highly regarded Napa Valley AVAs. Each of the single-vineyard, 100 percent varietal Cabernets will be from the same vintage, allowing you to taste the unique qualities presented by each vineyard site.

Wines offered at the tasting change often, but right now we are pouring:

2011 Nickel & Nickel Hayne Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, St. Helena, Napa Valley

2011 Nickel & Nickel C.C. Ranch Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford, Napa Valley

2011 Nickel & Nickel Sori Bricco Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley

2011 Nickel & Nickel State Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon, Yountville, Napa Valley

We look forward to seeing you!


Coming Up: 2013 Cabernet Futures!

on April 30, 2014

One of our favorite events of the year is right around the corner: Cabernet Barrel Tasting and Futures Offering! Learn more about our May 17 event featuring 15 single-vineyard Napa Cabernets right here on our Futures blog.

Cabernet FuturesBarrels at the ready! A bird’s eye view of two Cabernet Futures poured last year.