Who doesn’t love a great love story? We sure do, especially if it involves a bottle of Far Niente. Stephanie and Cory were bidding on a bottle of 1997 Far Niente Cabernet at a silent auction in La Jolla, California. Every time Stephanie placed a bid, Cory topped it. Finally, Cory approached Stephanie with the offer that he would buy the bottle if she would share it with him. It was love at first sip and the couple married in St. Helena on October 10, 2010, and have made their home in the Napa Valley.
Fast forward to October 10, 2013, when Cory and Stephanie made their first visit to Far Niente, on their third wedding anniversary, with a mission to acquire our 2010 Far Niente Estate Bottled Cabernet Sauvignon, the vintage from the year they wed. Cory and Stephanie were gracious enough to share their story, and their smiles, with us as we toasted their married bliss.
Stephanie and Cory in the Far Niente Great Hall
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30 2013on August
at 9:18 am
The fall might mean shorter days, autumn colors, chilly nights and warm fireplaces, but for us, it also means the release of the newest vintage of our Chardonnay.
Our 2012 vintage fits right into the lineup of Far Niente Chardonnays. A near ideal growing season, with warm days and cool nights, lead to a large but balanced crop and beautiful fruit flavors.
Tasting Notes: This wine offers lively aromas of lemon and lime citrus zest, honeydew melon, wet stone and honeysuckle blossom. Bright upon entry with a silky texture through the midpalate, the wine is focused and long with citrus and mineral flavors supported by integrated notes of oak. The finish is clean and refreshing.
If you haven’t been to the Napa Valley during harvest, here is one more incentive: our second annual harvest party on September 28, 2013 at our sister winery, Nickel & Nickel. We admit, Napa Valley is a wonderful place to visit year around, but the months of September and October are two of the most exciting. The valley is full of activity—the wonderful sights, sounds and smells of harvest. It’s not to be missed!
Hand sorting beautiful Cabernet Sauvignon during the 2012 harvest.
We are celebrating the season with current vintages of Nickel & Nickel’s single-vineyard wines, as well as a few surprises from the cellar paired with live music and hors d’oeuvres. Behind-the-scenes harvest tours will give you an inside peek at the care given each vineyard. The event is planned for 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., so make reservations at your favorite nearby restaurant and join us for appetizers and wine!
If you haven’t already RSVP’d, you will want to do so right away as this event will sell out. Click here or call (707) 967-9600 for more information. We look forward to seeing you!
Mushrooms offer a wonderful, earthy flavor and pair well with Far Niente Chardonnay. Why not open a bottle and impress your guests with this simple, flavorful hors d’oeuvre?
Wild Mushroom Crostini with Herbed Goat Cheese
1 pound wild mushrooms
2 tablespoons olive oil
5 thyme sprigs
3 whole garlic cloves, smashed
2 tablespoons butter
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 cup fresh chèvre (I like Laura
Chenel or Humboldt Fog)
1 tablespoon parsley, chopped
1 tablespoon chervil, chopped
1 tablespoon chives, chopped
1 tablespoon tarragon, chopped
½ teaspoon salt
Fresh ground pepper
2 tablespoon olive oil
One baguette, sliced thin
4 tablespoons melted butter
2 tablespoons parsley, chopped
Clean mushrooms and slice. Place a sauté pan on medium-to-high heat and add oil. When the oil begins to shimmer and almost smoke, add mushrooms. Then add thyme sprigs and garlic. Sauté until the mushrooms are tender and golden brown. Add salt, fresh ground pepper and a tablespoon of butter to finish. Sauté one more minute and remove from pan. Pick out thyme and garlic and discard. Set aside.
In a small bowl, add the fresh chèvre, chopped herbs, salt, pepper and olive oil. Mix well using a sturdy spoon.
Preheat oven to 325°F. Thinly slice the baguette and place on a baking pan. Brush melted butter on the bread and toast in the oven until crisp, but not brown, about 5–10 minutes.
To assemble, spread goat cheese on the crostini, top with mushrooms and sprinkle with fresh chopped parsley. Serve warm. Enjoy with a glass of Far Niente Chardonnay.
14 2013on August
at 2:09 pm
Last Saturday marked our annual Chardonnay Celebration! It was one of those resplendent, sun-soaked days that will be reminisced upon with a warm smile and a slight twinkle of the eye. Our centuries-old winery was alive with the sounds of laughter between friends, music from a spectacular live band, and an all-around infectious joviality — truly living up to the spirit of "Il Dolce Far Niente". It gives us great pleasure to be able to open our doors to both new and familiar faces, to pour our lovingly crafted wines, and most importantly, to set the scenery for memories that won't be soon forgotten.
Mini pizzas were on the menu for the day — to the left, caramelized onions, kalamata olives, and blue cheese. To the right, shaved proscuitto, fresh mozzarella, romesco sauce, and basil chiffonade.
Amongst the various wines poured at last Saturday’s event were two very special vintages: 1987 and 1986 Far Niente Chardonnay, both aged to a gorgeous, deep honey hue.
Thanks again to all of our dear friends who joined us for this year's Chardonnay Celebration!
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