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Winery Events for 2013

on December 10, 2012

The new year isn’t quite here yet, but we’ve already planned a selection of wonderful events at both Far Niente and Nickel & Nickel wineries. Take a look at the events below, and mark your calendars. We’ll have more information about each event as the dates approach. We hope to see you!

Cabernet Release Day at Far Niente

February 2: Be the first to taste and acquire the 2010 Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon! You will also have the opportunity to taste aged treasures from Cave Collection and preview our 2011 Cabernet with Winemaker Nicole Marchesi.

By appointment: (707) 944-2861, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Nickel & Nickel Open House

February 2: Indulge in an array of our specially selected single-vineyard wines. Enjoy current releases, along with tastes of aged Cabernets and a sneak peak of our spring release wines.

By appointment: (707) 967-9600, 10:00 a.m.—3:00 p.m.

Futures Barrel Tasting at Nickel & Nickel

May 18: Preview our 2012 Single-Vineyard Cabernets from this bountiful and delicious vintage and reserve your favorite wines at special futures pricing.

By appointment: (707) 967-9600, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Bacchanalia at Nickel & Nickel

June 15: Join us in the Barrel Cellar for a sumptuous celebration of food and wine. You will partake in a multi-course feast paired with a gorgeous selection of our single-vineyard wines. Seating is limited.

By appointment: (707) 967-9600, 6:00 p.m.

Cabernet Release Day at Nickel & Nickel

August 10: Celebrate the release of our 2010 Single-Vineyard Cabernets! Be the first to taste these wines, and take home your favorites from our newest vintage.

By appointment: (707) 967-9600, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Far Niente Chardonnay Celebration

August 10: Relax beneath the cork oaks with tastes of current and past vintages of Far Niente Chardonnay paired with bites from the kitchen.

By appointment: (707) 944-2861, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Harvest Party at Nickel & Nickel

September 28: Join us in the Gleason Barn for a celebration of the harvest season, complete with behind-the-scenes harvest tours, wine and paired bites.

By appointment: (707) 967-9600

Holiday Reception at Far Niente:

December 7: Toast the holidays with us at Far Niente and enjoy the music and culinary treats of the season, along with current and past vintages of Far Niente and Dolce.

By appointment: (707) 944-2861, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.



Special Event: Bacchanalia 2012

on May 29, 2012

If you’ve been to an event at Nickel & Nickel, whether a wine club event, a corporate event or even a tour and tasting, you know that a special experience awaits.

Right now we’re looking forward to Bacchanalia – an over-the-top celebration of food and wine on Saturday, June 16. If you haven’t contacted Noelle to make your reservations, you will want to do so today. (Email her at or call (707) 967-9600.)

Picture it: a balmly late-spring evening with wine and hors d’oervres served around the Reflection Pond; a multicourse feast paired with single-vineyard gems plucked from our cellar. The gods may be envious, but something tells us they would also approve.

We hope you can join us! Also, mark your calendars for Cabernet Release Day on August 11. You won’t want to miss this introduction of our 2009 Single-Vineyard Cabernets.

Guests mingle at last year’s Bacchanalia.

For more pictures from the event, view our Facebook album.


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!