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on April 9, 2013
Spring is in full flower here in the Napa Valley, especially on the grounds of Nickel & Nickel. Colorful tulips, daffodils, scilla and giant hyacinth rise up, reaching for their place in the sun. The wildflowers along our Highway 29 fence line are back in force—the blue lupine dominate as far as the eye can see, soon to give way to the mountain garland, knee-high sweet peas, mixed poppy, love-in-a-mist, baby blue eyes, and the forever yellow giant lupine. The recent rains have blessed all the winter prep, planning and plantings. Now it’s time to revel in the glorious abundance, knowing our efforts and intentions have brought forth this manifestation for all to enjoy.
Spring is a time for sharing in the rebirth of life in the gardens as well as within ourselves. I recently had the special opportunity to host a group of fellow garden enthusiasts here at Nickel & Nickel. Our walk through the gardens reminded me that nothing is worth having if you can’t share it with those who truly appreciate your efforts—with those who have come before us sharing their knowledge and wisdom. I felt the garden tour was a scattering of new seeds and ideas in celebration of the fresh beginning we call spring. This is what inspires me to follow my passion and support the excellence of our winery estate.
PS–What’s your favorite spring flower?
on January 18, 2013
We’re counting the days to our first event of the year, our annual Winter Open House on February 2. If you will be in Napa Valley and would like to join us for a party with an incredible selection of single-vineyard wines give us a call at (707) 967-9600 or email Noelle at firstname.lastname@example.org. Cost is $75 per person, and the event is complimentary to wine club members and their guest, for a party of two. We’d love to see you! For more information, click here.
If you aren’t able to join us, you can still enjoy the open house from afar by tuning into our Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Instagram pages. (And on Twitter and Instagram, we’ll be using #NNOpenHouse. If you’re new to hashtags, check out this overview. ) We’d love to connect and share the day with you!
And for those of you attending the event, feel free to share your day with us by tagging us in your photos, posting to our Facebook page or just Tweeting your favorite wine of the day. You’re also invited to use #NNOpenHouse on Twitter and Instagram.
Hope to see you February 2!
(Photo Credit: Cordero Studios)
on December 28, 2012
An abundant harvest and special events, from private parties to wine club sponsored events, made 2012 a full, rewarding year. Stand-out occasions include our annual Futures event, the Bacchanalia dinner, V Foundation Wine Celebration, Cabernet Release Day and our inaugural Harvest Party.
Here are just a few images from the year.
Nickel & Nickel Open House (photos by Robb McDonough)
A crisp, sunny clear day–perfect for sipping wine and lounging by the Gleason Barn.
Winemaker Darice Spinelli poured wines and answered questions.
Futures (photos by Robb McDonough)
Sights Around the Winery (winery photos except where noted)
Each spring brings bright splashes of color to the Nickel & Nickel landscape.
A tremendous swath of flowers ran the length of the property along Highway 29 all summer long. Travelers frequently stopped to capture the view on their cameras. Landscape Designer Daniel Townsend wrote about the special mix of flowers here. (photo by Robb McDonough)
Our first video with Chef Trevor Eliason featured a recipe and wine pairing. Take a look at the video here!
Nickel & Nickel Cabernet Day (winery photos)
What a pleasure it is to celebrate our newest vintage with our friends and wine club members! This year, we released 13 single-vineyard Cabernets.
Wishing you a very happy New Year! See you in 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.
on December 6, 2012
If you’ve visited Nickel & Nickel winery–and we hope you have–you’ve seen the John C. Sullenger vineyard wrapping the southern and eastern sides of the winery property located in the heart of the Oakville AVA. The Napa River provides a natural border to the vineyard’s eastern edge. Named for the man who settled on the property in the 1880s, the vineyard has 30 acres planted solely to Cabernet Sauvignon.
The Sullenger House at the turn of the century
The vineyard is located at the tip of a alluvial fan that extends from the Mayacamas Mountains on the eastern side of Napa Valley. The soils are a mixture of fluvial deposits and clay loam from the Bale loam series. Expertly farmed by our Vinescape vineyard management crew, Sullenger produces healthy vines, and as each harvest approaches, Winemaker Darice Spinelli has the convenience of walking right out the door to sample fruit and bring it back to the lab for analysis.
An aerial view of John C. Sullenger Vineyard, looking northwest, up the valley
Next week, we talk with Viticulturist Aaron Fishleder for his take on what makes Sullenger Vineyard unique.