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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.
on February 11, 2014
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:
2012 Nickel & Nickel Stiling Vineyard Chardonnay, Russian River Valley
2012 Nickel & Nickel Truchard Vineyard Chardonnay, Carneros, Napa Valley
2011 Nickel & Nickel Suscol Ranch Merlot, Napa Valley
2010 Nickel & Nickel John C. Sullenger Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville, Napa Valley
2010 Nickel & Nickel Copper Streak Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Stags Leap District, Napa Valley
2009 Nickel & Nickel Quarry Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford, Napa Valley
2008 Nickel & Nickel Tench Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville, Napa Valley
(Explore all of our wines on our new online wine shop here.)
In case you missed the event, live vicariously through a selection of Instagram photos from some lucky people who were there. And if you haven’t already, take a look at our Facebook album.
on December 28, 2012
An abundant harvest and special events, from private parties to wine club sponsored events, made 2012 a full, rewarding year. Stand-out occasions include our annual Futures event, the Bacchanalia dinner, V Foundation Wine Celebration, Cabernet Release Day and our inaugural Harvest Party.
Here are just a few images from the year.
Nickel & Nickel Open House (photos by Robb McDonough)
A crisp, sunny clear day–perfect for sipping wine and lounging by the Gleason Barn.
Winemaker Darice Spinelli poured wines and answered questions.
Futures (photos by Robb McDonough)
Sights Around the Winery (winery photos except where noted)
Each spring brings bright splashes of color to the Nickel & Nickel landscape.
A tremendous swath of flowers ran the length of the property along Highway 29 all summer long. Travelers frequently stopped to capture the view on their cameras. Landscape Designer Daniel Townsend wrote about the special mix of flowers here. (photo by Robb McDonough)
Our first video with Chef Trevor Eliason featured a recipe and wine pairing. Take a look at the video here!
Nickel & Nickel Cabernet Day (winery photos)
What a pleasure it is to celebrate our newest vintage with our friends and wine club members! This year, we released 13 single-vineyard Cabernets.
Wishing you a very happy New Year! See you in 2013.
on January 11, 2012
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 restaurant month!
Here at Nickel & Nickel we are offering our tour guests the following selection of our 2008 Single-Vineyard Cabernets*:
C.C. Ranch Cabernet, Rutherford
Copper Streak Vineyard Cabernet, Stags Leap District
John C. Sullenger Vineyard Cabernet, Oakville
State Ranch Cabernet, Yountville
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 annual winter Open House on February 4?
We are looking forward to seeing you in 2012!
*Wines subject to change to another delicious single-vineyard selection!