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Napa Truffle Festival – January 17-20, 2014

on November 12, 2013

Truffles have long been prized for their rarity, and for the rich, earthy flavors and aromas they lend to dishes. The 4th Annual Napa Truffle Festival celebrates this esteemed fungus January 17 – 20, 2014, with seminars, wine and food pairings with Michelin star chefs, cooking demos and a Truffle Festival Marketplace.

One of the exciting events in the lineup is a pairing lunch at Nickel & Nickel, with Executive Chef Trevor Eliason and Michelin star guest chef Carrie Nahabedian of Chicago’s NAHA. To receive your 20% discount for the Nickel & Nickel Winery Truffle Lunch, simply click on the festival’s tickets page, select the lunch, then scroll down to ‘Enter promotional code’ and enter the following code:  nickel-lunch.

Additionally, if you would like to attend any of the Napa Truffle Festival programs throughout the weekend, January 18-19, you will receive a 10% discount. The same instructions apply for the following code: nickel.

 These special offers expire December 22, 2013.

For more information about the Napa Truffle Festival, visit:

Truffle & Pasta


Nickel & Nickel’s Giant Pumpkin

on October 29, 2013

It’s the season for pumpkins! You may have picked up a few for decorations—or, if you’re an enterprising cook, perhaps you plan to use fresh pumpkin in holiday recipes (take a look at Chef Trevor’s recipe for pumpkin cheesecake).

You’ve probably seen giant pumpkins at fairs. (A Napa man recently won big with his giant pumpkins at several competitions.) Well, Javier, a gardener at Nickel & Nickel, decided to try his hand at this large squash—and he grew a real heavyweight!

Nickel & Nickel Pumpkin

Javier says he got started a little late this year; if he’d started in April, this pumpkin would be even larger!

Are you carving up jack-o’-lanterns or did you plant your very own pumpkin patch this year? Big pumpkins or little, we want to see them! Email your pics to by November 4 and we’ll include your prize pumpkins in our next newsletter.


Napa Valley Events – November

on October 24, 2013

Are you visiting Nickel & Nickel (or Far Niente) in November? In addition to world-class wineries and restaurants, Napa Valley has a lot to offer in the arena of performance, art and holiday celebrations with a local flavor.

The events below are just a taste of what we have going on this month. For more information, click the link associated with each event.

Musical Revue: And the World Goes ‘Round at the Napa Valley Playhouse (Napa)
*starring Far Niente Hospitality Manger, Tim Setzer!
Through Nov 10, 2013

Exhibition: Napa Valley A to Z at the Napa Valley Museum (Yountville)
Through Nov 24, 2013

Party: Third Annual Monster Ball at the Native Sons Hall (St. Helena)
Nov 1, 2013

Concert: Makana at the Napa Valley Opera House (Napa)
Nov 2, 2013

Concert: Dave Mason at the Uptown Theatre (Napa)
Nov 7, 2013

Concert: Patty Larkin at the Napa Valley Opera House (Napa)
Nov 8, 2013

Wine Education: Napa Valley vs. The World (Napa)
Nov 10 2013

Concert: Lincoln Lyrics at Napa Valley Performing Arts Center (Yountville)
Nov 10, 2013

Concert: Eroica at the Napa Valley Opera House (Napa)
Nov 10, 2013

Concert: Soja at the Uptown Theatre (Napa)
Nov 10, 2013

Film: Napa Valley Film Festival
Nov 13 – 17, 2013

Presentation: Michael Pollan at the Napa Valley Performing Arts Center (Yountville)
Nov 13, 2013

Exhibition: Vintage Aircraft Display at Napa County Airport (South Napa)
Nov 16 – 17

Flavor Napa Valley

Festival: Flavor! Napa Valley
Nov 20 – 24, 2013

Art: Giving Thanks: Holiday Open House at The Grand Hand Gallery (Napa)
Nov 23, 2013

Concert: Handel’s Messiah at the Napa Valley Performing Arts Center (Yountville)
Nov 24, 2013

Film: Tuesday Night Flicks: Meet Me in St. Louis at Napa Valley Opera House (Napa)
Nov 26, 2013

Holiday: Napa Tree Lighting Ceremony at Veteran’s Park (Napa)
Nov 27, 2013

Holiday: Thanksgiving Dinner at the Meritage Resort and Spa (Napa)
Nov 28, 2013

Comedy: Paula Poundstone at the Napa Valley Opera House (Napa)
Nov 29, 2013

Holiday: Yountville’s 25th Annual Festival of Lights
Nov 29, 2013

Play: Scrooge at Spreckels Performing Arts Center (Sonoma)
*starring Far Niente Hospitality Manager, Tim Setzer, as Scrooge!
Nov 29 – Dec 22, 2013

Holiday: Christmas Parade in Downtown Napa
Nov 30, 2013



Flower Season at Nickel & Nickel

on September 4, 2013

We may be getting ready for harvest, but it’s also flower season at Nickel & Nickel. Landscape Designer Daniel Townsend has again worked wonders with a magical mix of zinnias, cosmos and, a new addition this year, sunflowers. Enjoy!

Nickel & Nickel flowers


Nickel & Nickel flowers


Nickel & Nickel Flowers


Nickel & Nickel flowers


Nickel & Nickel flowers


(Photos by Robb McDonough)


Meet Our 2010 Single-Vineyard Cabernets

on September 2, 2013

We officially released our 2010 Nickel & Nickel Single-Vineyard Cabernets in August to an appreciative crowd.

2010 Nickel & Nickel Cabernets

Winemaker Darice Spinelli describes the 2010 Cabernets as showing ripe fruit, with polished tannins and a nice integration of oak. The wines strike a nice balance of being approachable now, but able to evolve beautifully in bottle.

To learn more about these wines, visit our portfolio or you may acquire your favorites among the vintage online here.

Guests on our tours and tastings have the opportunity to taste several of these 2010 Cabs side by side. We’re currently pouring:

2010 Nickel & Nickel C. C. Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford, Napa Valley

2010 Nickel & Nickel Quarry Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford, Napa Valley

2010 Nickel & Nickel State Ranch, Yountville, Napa Valley

2010 Nickel & Nickel Kelham Vineyard, Oakville, Napa Valley

We are in one of our busiest seasons of the year, so please call well in advance of your planned visit. The wines presented on tours and tastings change every few weeks. We look forward to seeing you!