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Signs of the Season

on November 11, 2012

When the temperatures dip and the skies have more gray than blue to them, our minds turn to Cabernet. It’s a natural reaction—one that, perhaps, you share. The mere thought of a hearty, red wine paired with a filling meal can have a warming effect.

If you’re planning a trip to Napa Valley this winter—and trust us, December and January are wonderful months to visit the valley with much lighter traffic and easy reservations at your favorite restaurants and wineries—give us a call. We’ll set you up for a tour and tasting, which will include a selection of (you guessed it) our single-vineyard Cabernets.

In the meantime, enjoy these images of fall at Nickel & Nickel. The skies may be grayer and the temps chillier, but there is still plenty of beauty to enjoy in the Napa Valley!

Bulbs are ready for planting—stay tuned for a springtime burst of color!

Our horses enjoy the good life: Mariah, the Paint on the left, is a retired barrel racing and pleasure trail horse; Aria is a Swedish Warm Blood and is a retired competitive dressage horse.

Morning Glory intertwines with the last of summer’s pole beans in the vegetable garden.

Our olive trees are heavy with fruit destined for the olive oil press and Chef Trevor’s kitchen.

Speaking of presses, this gorgeous color comes from Cabernet in our basket press.

The Sullenger Vineyard vines are preparing for dormancy.

A familiar view to our visitors: Sullenger House and the shapes and colors of the season. 

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Party Like It’s Harvest 2012!

on September 10, 2012

Harvest is one of our favorite times in the Napa Valley, and we wanted to share this experience with you, our closest friends. This year we’re inviting you to join us for a harvest celebration, Nickel & Nickel style. We plan to open current wines and aged bottling, kick up our heels to some live music and sample tasty bites from Chef Trevor Eliason. Weather permitting, we will have informal, behind-the-scenes crush tours.

The event will run from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m., so make dinner reservations at one of your favorite nearby restaurants and stop by Nickel & Nickel beforehand for a harvest toast.

For reservations, contact Noelle Govi at ngovi@nickelandnickel.com or call (707) 967-9600.

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Taste of the Future

on April 12, 2012

We are getting ready for one of our favorite annual events at Nickel & Nickel: our Futures Barrel Tasting.

If you haven’t been out for our Futures event, it’s a must-do—and here’s why. On Saturday, May 12 you’ll have the opportunity to taste all 12 of our 2011 Single-Vineyard Cabernets in the barrel cellar. That’s right, you will be tasting wines that were harvested just a few months ago. Even though these are new wines, you will begin to detect dominant aromas and flavors as you sample these Cabernets.

One of the best features of our annual Futures program is the opportunity to reserve your favorite wines. As you know, each of our Cabernets have extremely limited production, so many people take this opportunity to snap up a future release before it sells out. The hardest part, of course, is waiting for the wines to be released! Not to worry—in the meantime we can keep you stocked with each new release.

So, we hope you will join us for the pleasurable adventure of trying these distinctive wines from our newest vintage. And if you can’t join us on May 12, you can still take part in the 2011 Futures program. Give us a call at (707) 967-9600 and we’ll reserve some beautiful wines for you.

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Frequently Asked Questions

on January 25, 2012

The rush of the holidays has passed at Nickel & Nickel, and we are experiencing a brief lull on our tour and tasting schedule. This is a time when employees catch a few extra days off, and when this happens, I find myself leading a few more tours, which I truly enjoy.

It’s great to meet people from all over the world who have diversity in wine experience. Some have been enjoying wines of exceptional quality for years and some are new to wine. I get a variety of questions during tours and tastings, and I thought I would share a few of the questions I hear most frequently:

Why doesn’t Nickel & Nickel have a tasting room like some other wineries in the Napa Valley?

We like to offer a different experience for our guests—one that isn’t rushed. We love inviting guests to relax in the Sullenger House salon where they can enjoy an excellent glass of wine. The hosted tour that follows brings guests to the heart of Nickel & Nickel: the production barns created expressly for making our single-vineyard wines. A seated tasting of a selection of Nickel & Nickel single-vineyard Cabernets tops off the experience.

Why is Nickel & Nickel by appointment?

This question often follows closely on the heels of the first question—and the answers are related. We really strive to preserve the wine experience and give personal attention to every person who walks through the door, and we’re able to do this by keeping visiting parties small and intimate.

There are so many Nickel & Nickel single-vineyard wines. What’s your favorite?

This is a great question that I always enjoy answering. Each of our wines is a unique reflection of the vineyard, its soils and microclimate. Tasting these wines is a fantastic journey through the region, and even when I taste with guests there’s never a clear winner—each person is drawn to a different wine, including me.

I hope to see you at Nickel & Nickel soon!

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