By now you’ve likely heard the great news: Napa Valley received inches of much-needed rain recently–more rain in three days than we had received in all of 2013! So there was an extra dose of celebration in the air at our Winter Open House as we toasted good wine, good company and great, rainy weather.
We poured a selection of seven single-vineyard wines. Some, like the Chardonnays and a Merlot, were new releases; some were current releases (two 2010 Cabernets); and some were plucked from the cellar (the 2009 Quarry Vineyard and 2008 Tench Vineyard Cabs). Here’s what we lined up:
It’s the season for pumpkins! You may have picked up a few for decorations—or, if you’re an enterprising cook, perhaps you plan to use fresh pumpkin in holiday recipes (take a look at Chef Trevor’s recipe for pumpkin cheesecake).
You’ve probably seen giant pumpkins at fairs. (A Napa man recently won big with his giant pumpkins at several competitions.) Well, Javier, a gardener at Nickel & Nickel, decided to try his hand at this large squash—and he grew a real heavyweight!
Javier says he got started a little late this year; if he’d started in April, this pumpkin would be even larger!
Are you carving up jack-o’-lanterns or did you plant your very own pumpkin patch this year? Big pumpkins or little, we want to see them! Email your pics to firstname.lastname@example.org by November 4 and we’ll include your prize pumpkins in our next newsletter.
Enjoy this short video featuring Chef Trevor, a beautiful leg of lamb, colorful vegetables and State Ranch Cabernet. This visual feast will surely inspire you to make your own! For the complete recipe, click here.
Like us, you’re passionate about single-vineyard wines. Well, we’re excited to announce that in December we will be kicking off a series of Nickel & Nickel vineyard profiles, going “in depth” behind your favorite wines–and maybe wines you haven’t enjoyed yet. We’ll dedicate each month to a vineyard, with several posts focusing on different aspects: geography, viticulture and characteristics of the wine produced. Perhaps you’ll be inspired to taste some of the wines resting in your cellar–or maybe you’ll branch out and try something new!
We’re having a January that feels like June, with clear sunny days featuring highs of 65 degrees or so. Not a raindrop in sight! Snow sport enthusiasts are heartbroken and, to tell you the truth, we’re looking forward to a little winter precipitation, too. But, in the meantime, this is a perfect time to visit the Napa Valley! Of course, now that we’ve said that, watch the weather forecast cloud right up.
The truth is, rain or shine January is a terrific time to visit. With fewer visitors to the Napa Valley, reservations at your favorite locales are a breeze. Traffic on 29 and the Silverado Trail, the valley’s two main arteries, is much lighter than at other times of the year. Plus, January is restaurantmonth!
Here at Nickel & Nickel we are offering our tour guests the following selection of our 2008 Single-Vineyard Cabernets*:
If you’ve never visited us, or if it’s been awhile since you’ve stopped by, consider this your invitation! And, if you haven’t already, take a look at our 2012 event calendar. We’ve got some wonderful parties planned. Why not join us for our first event of the year—the annualwinter Open House on February 4?
We are looking forward to seeing you in 2012!
*Wines subject to change to another delicious single-vineyard selection!