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Coming Soon: Single-Vineyard Profiles

on November 30, 2012

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!

First up, our home vineyard: John C. Sullenger Vineyard, which surrounds the Nickel & Nickel winery, pictured below.


What Does a Winery Chef Do?

on November 29, 2012

I thought I would use this blog as an opportunity to explain what a winery chef does. Not that I want to burst anyone’s bubble, but we don’t have a restaurant at the winery–though I wish we did. My job as Executive Chef is to pair food to the wonderful single-vineyard wines we produce. I take extensive notes while tasting through different wines and vintages with the winemaker, and I use that knowledge to construct locally focused, seasonal dishes that highlight particular flavors and aromas in each wine.

Every year, we add dishes to our master cookbook and then share a few of these with you throughout the year in our newsletter and on our website. Who, you ask, gets to enjoy this wonderful harmony of food and wine? All of the food for the wine club events is prepared by our in-house culinary team. Food and wine pairings, or lunch, can be arranged for private parties instead of the traditional tastings. We also support the winery with charities, promotions and sales.

I look forward to seeing you at of our wine club events (stay tuned for our 2013 event calendar), and I wish you happy holidays.

A behind-the-scenes snapshot of a video shoot I participated in this week. Look for the video–and a recipe and wine pairing–in our December newsletter!


The Fine Art of Giving Fine Wine

on November 12, 2012

A gift of wine is one of the best ways to say thank you to your host or hostess, and our online gift catalog features several gift ideas that will delight anyone at the Thanksgiving table.

The Single-Vineyard Trio package is perfect for Cabernet lovers and features three bottles of single-vineyard wine from three heralded AVAs: 2009 C.C. Ranch Cabernet from Rutherford, 2009 Sullenger Cabernet from Oakville, and 2009 State Ranch Cabernet from Yountville.

For a gift package that will complement each course in a meal, consider Cheers, which contains the 2009 State Ranch Cabernet, 2010 Truchard Chardonnay and 2007 Dolce.

It doesn’t stop there—the catalog is filled with wine gift ideas sure to delight all the aficionados on your list. Each gift package is linked for easy online ordering, or for personal assistance call Nickel & Nickel at (707) 967-9600.


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. 


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 or call (707) 967-9600.