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Wine Futures Update: 2013 Nickel & Nickel Cabernets Now in Bottle

on September 1, 2015

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Winemaker Darice Spinelli hasn’t seen a vintage like 2013 since she began her Napa Valley winemaking career in 1988. With the 2013 Nickel & Nickel Single-Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignons now in bottle, Darice offers us a snapshot of what she calls the most unique vintage we’ve ever had. (more…)

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The Nickel & Nickel Top Three: Small Plates (and the Best Napa Wines to Go With Them)

on August 5, 2015

Executive Chef Trevor EliasonA brief moment of pause for Chef Trevor Eliason,
during this year’s Nickel & Nickel Cabernet Day.

After cooking up mouthwatering menus for our Nickel & Nickel Cabernet release events for almost a decade, Chef Trevor Eliason has come to know the crowd favorites. For us, each event is a chance to showcase exciting new dishes to pair with our single vineyard wines. Over the years, however, our members and guests have come to have a few clear favorites. Chef Trevor clued us in to our Members’ Top Three, and suggested his favorite Nickel & Nickel Cabernet Sauvignons to open and enjoy with each.

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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.

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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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Nickel & Nickel Winter Open House

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.

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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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