Have you noticed the change? With each wine club shipment we send out, we’ve always enclosed a letter from Dirk Hampson or from Larry Maguire and complete wine notes.
Well, beginning with our first club shipment this year for the Nickel & Nickel Single-Vineyard Club, we are introducing re-designed materials. We’re still sending you the letter and full wine notes, but we’re also adding a recipe to pair with one of the wines and beautiful photographs from our home. Each shipment enclosure is tailored to your wine club.
Those of you who are members of the Single-Vineyard Club have already received this new enclosure. Take a look and let us know what you think: firstname.lastname@example.org. For our Club Cabernet and Dolce Far Niente Society members, keep an eye out for these next month.
We will also have an online version of these booklets available on our wine club shipment page, so you can refer to them, print or share with friends. Take a look at the Nickel & Nickel Single-Vineyard Club booklet here. (The link is under Nickel & Nickel Single-Vineyard Club and reads “View Brochure.”)
We hope you enjoy the new look and find the information useful.
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)
Futures (photos by Robb McDonough)
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)
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.
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.
Last Saturday we had our first-ever Harvest Party for our wine club members here at Nickel & Nickel, and I must say—in the spirit of the season—it was a home run event!
One of the best things about our events is the opportunity to meet so many great people. We love getting the chance to talk with the folks who support us and enjoy our wines. It’s so rewarding to hear, “I love this!” from someone trying a wine for the first time, or even their tenth time. It was also so impressive to have so many members visiting from out of state for the party. I talked to members everywhere from Wisconsin to Texas to Florida.
The food was nothing short of amazing. Chef Trevor knocked it out of the park with his mouth-watering lamb sliders right off the grill. All of the tasty bites paired beautifully with a great lineup of older vintages that we poured. And the yummy desserts and Dolce in the Gleason Barn were enough to satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth, especially mine.
For entertainment, we had the talented guitar duo Carter & Bodlovich playing some cool Brazilian jazz riffs and Gypsy Swing music throughout the afternoon. The crushpad was loaded up, too, with our harvest crew and some behind-the scenes crush tours. The courtyard was buzzing as our guests milled around the reflection pond and barns, enjoying the gorgeous Indian summer weather. As the sun went down, many were nestled by the glow of the bonfires and beautiful sunset.
This might just be my new favorite wine club event. It was the perfect way to catch up with our club members and toast the 2012 vintage!