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Pairing Tips: Cheese & Charcuterie

on February 11, 2015

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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.

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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.

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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.

Charcuterie

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!

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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

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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.

 

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Au Revoir, 2013!

on December 18, 2013

We’re looking back on the year, as seen through our Instagram feed. And if you don’t follow us already, find us at @nickelandnickelwinery. We’d love to connect!

Say cheese! Chef Trevor selected a beautiful and tasty array of cheeses for our February 2013 Open House.

Tulips emerging and keeping our 1929 Ford Model AA company last March.

Meeting our friends, new and old, at Pebble Beach Food & Wine!

A peek into the future at our annual Cabernet Barrel Tasting—the 2012s were phenomenal! (Find out more about our Futures offering here.)

Our magical mix of flowers turned heads this summer!

We released twelve 2010 Single-Vineyard Cabernets!

We celebrated the 2013 harvest with club members and friends.

We’ve been bundling up and enjoying a cold, crisp winter.

Happy holidays from all of us at Nickel & Nickel!

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Napa Valley Events – November

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

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