Our wine club members are an adventurous lot, refusing to let a little wild weather keep them from a great wine experience. Many braved the pouring rain this past Saturday for sister winery Nickel & Nickel’s Spring Release event and Far Niente’s Open House.
Gorgeous tenting around the reflection pond at Nickel & Nickel kept guests dry and provided an elegant setting for tasting the newest Chardonnay releases. The newly released Merlots, Syrahs and Zinfandels as well as 2006 Dolce were poured in the fermentation barns and all wines were paired with superb hors d’oeuvres from Executive Chef Trevor Eliason.
Chef Trevor also treated Nickel & Nickel guests to three cooking demonstrations for dishes that pair perfectly with the 2009 Nickel & Nickel Truchard Vineyard Chardonnay, 2008 Darien Vineyard Syrahand 2008 Harris Vineyard Merlot. We’ll post those recipes soon—stay tuned!
At Far Niente, guests gathered in the cozy Carriage House for tastes of our 2009 Far Niente Chardonnay and 2008, 2005, 2000 vintages of Far Niente Cabernet. Then they grabbed umbrellas and went up to the Great Hall for bite-sized desserts and tastes of 2006 Dolce in front of the fireplace.
Thanks to everyone who braved the weather and joined us!
8 2011on March
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We’re seeing some wonderful splashes of color here at Far Niente, from the tulip bed to the flowers that line the walkway to the winery, and we’re all looking forward to the vivid azalea bloom set to arrive in the next few weeks.
This last weekend, our story—and gardens—were featured in the Press Democrat. Take a look!
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24 2011on February
at 4:23 pm
Last weekend we were treated to views of a snowy Mt. St. Helena–even the slopes of Howell Mountain had a good dusting of the white stuff. Hard to believe that just two weeks ago we were basking in 70+-degree weather!
Our higher elevations are supposed to be in for a dusting tomorrow. As you know, sometimes forecasters are right, and a lot of the time they are wrong. Snow on the valley floor is a rare thing but within the realm of possibility. Since both our viticulturist and landscape designer have assured us that a little of the white fluffy stuff won’t hurt our vines and springtime flowers, we say, “Let it snow, let it snow!”
And if it does, you can bet we’ll post pictures!
17 2011on February
at 3:59 pm
Welcome to our new blog! We decided to change things up a little in 2011 with a new URL and new design. We also have let long-time blogger Dirk Hampson off the hook, freeing him up to focus on the business of winemaking—but we hope to talk him into guest blogging now and then.
Why farniente.com/blog? As you probably know, dolce far niente means "the sweetness of doing nothing" in Italian, which, on this stormy, wintery day, brings to mind hammocks, a perfect sun-to-shade ratio, and glasses of Chardonnay–Far Niente, of course. The spirit of this sweetness of leisure is living "without a care," enjoying the present–even if the present comes with a wind and driving rain determined to upset the best of hairdos.
We hope you'll join us for our weekly posts, and feel free to comment!
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