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A Happy Thanksgiving to You!

on November 23, 2011

A delicious meal, football and family—a few of our bloggers share what they’re up to this
Thanksgiving:

Aaron Fishleder, Viticulturist

I am going to spend this Thanksgiving enjoying time with my family, watching the Niners improve to 10-1, and thinking about how my crew and I survived another eventful harvest and growing season.

Daniel Townsend, Landscape Designer

A Thanksgiving fit for a king: sleeping in, lounging by the fire, a walk around Lake Hennessey and then straight to the kitchen. This year’s dinner will be a white risotto with braised rabbit from my property, wild foraged white chanterelles harvested yesterday, roasted local chestnuts, fresh marjoram, organic stewed prunes and a drizzle of reduced braising liquid upon plating. Oh and let’s not forget the shaved white truffles … The best to all and to all the very best!

Mary Grace, VP Marking and Communications

We spend Thanksgiving on our own, since our relatives are far flung. It’s my job to make sure everyone in the extended family has wine on hand when we connect over the phone or Skype for a coast-to-coast toast. This year, I’m looking forward to enjoying some Nickel & Nickel State Ranch Cabernet at the Thanksgiving meal.

Trevor Eliason, Executive Chef

In our family we have a tradition where we cook two turkeys every year. We always have one traditional oven roasted turkey and then we mix it up and try something different. In past years we have done deep fried, BBQ, slow cooked in duck fat, wood oven roasted and Peking. This year we are going to smoke the turkey over night with Cabernet chips. This not only gives us some nice variety at the table but also plenty of leftovers. My favorite part of Thanksgiving is making a giant sandwich that night.

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A Winemaker’s Thanksgiving

on November 9, 2011

How does a winemaker celebrate Thanksgiving? We asked our winemaker Darice Spinelli to get the inside track. Well, we won’t keep you in suspense—Darice doesn’t know what she will bring to the holiday table yet. “Honestly, 2011 is the only vintage I’m thinking about right now,” she says, laughing. “I’ll bring Nickel & Nickel, Far Niente and Dolce with me for sure.” With that selection, she can’t go wrong, never mind the vintage.

But before the big dinner, she and her family will converge at the local park for the Turkey Bowl, where neighbors battle it out each year in football. Now that the kids are teenagers, the games are rougher than they used to be. “We all take Ibuprofen two hours before the game!” she says.

Football and a meal with family sounds wonderful to us, and no matter how you choose to celebrate the coming holiday, may you find Nickel & Nickel in your glass.

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