Spring is in full swing here at Far Niente and, folks, it is absolutely glorious! Thousands of azaleas are soaking up their moments in the sunshine—bright, rich pastels painting the understory canvas in our woodland gardens. There to back them up with an abundance of color and scale are a collection of rhododendrons towering throughout the landscape like dense clusters of butterflies awaiting the spring metamorphosis.
Not to be left out of the dance are the many mature flowering trees: pink and white dogwoods, Chinese perfume (fringe) trees and tulip trees, with deep purple-pinks and whites. Maples awash in deep crimsons, burgundies, blood red and velvety greens make their presence known. Even the mighty, live oaks along with the valley oaks get into the act with their long tendrils of flowers welcoming the rush of spring.
All in all, we are enjoying a feast for the senses here at our winery estate gardens—the perfect backdrop for savoring our Napa Cabernet and Chardonnay.
Saturday was one for the record books. We’ve partnered with Live in the Vineyard for several years and were delighted to continue our connection with the organization this past weekend when we hosted them for a reception and special performance in the Carriage House.
A somewhat drizzly morning cleared to blue skies just in time for a reception at the Cabernet Grill, which featured Far Niente Cabernet and Chardonnay and EnRoute Pinot Noir from our sister winery in Russian River Valley. Bites from the kitchen satiated hungry guests (pizzas hot from the pizza oven were extremely popular) before a concert in the Carriage House.
We’ve had the privilege of hosting many talented musicians and performers over the years, and Saturday’s guest artists were no different. Plain White T’s charmed the audience with their friendliness and skill, playing well-known favorites “1, 2, 3, 4” and “Hey There Delilah” and premiering songs off their new EP. (If the song “Should’ve Gone to Bed” doesn’t make you want to move, we don’t know what will.) The band stayed long after their performance to greet guests and take photos, capping off a memorable afternoon.
Here are a few photos from the day, plus a couple that capture a surprise gift Larry Maguire received from Live in the Vineyard on Monday:
Charlie and Dirk Hampson and Karen and Larry Maguire pose on stage before the performance.
Beth Nickel welcomes the guests, along with Live in the Vineyard founders Bobbii Hach-Jacobs and Claire Parr.
Hospitality Administrator and Wine Club Liaison Donna Blevins poses with 2010 Americon Idol runner up, Crystal Bowersox, who was a guest at the concert.
Live in the Vineyard's Sean Walsh Ramm and Jamie Reynolds presented this guitar to Larry Maguire–signed by all the musicians who performed over the weekend. What a great gift!
A new season is upon us! The vines are emerging from their dormancy and starting to grow the young shoots that will eventually hold all of those clusters we will harvest in September. At this point in the year, a Viticulturist’s heart is filled with hope and excitement because Mother Nature has been kind so far. Bud break, the stage in grapevine development when the young shoots emerge from the dormant buds, is well under way in our Napa Chardonnay vineyards and just beginning in our Napa Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard.
Here's to the 2013 growing season!
It's looking a lot like spring around here, with tulips in myriad colors, azaleas just beginning to blossom and new green emerging in our ginkgoes and oaks. If you are planning to visit Far Niente in the next few weeks, you're in for a treat!
Take a look at this short video, where Proprietress Beth Nickel shares the history of the Far Niente gardens.
We hope to see you this spring! Our appointments fill up quickly, so please give us a call well in advance: (707) 944-2861. We look forward to welcoming you!
Winekmaker Nicole Marchesi recently tasted the 1996 Far Niente Cave Collection Cabernet Sauvignon and shares how the wine has evolved over the years.
The subtle blackberry, cassis and cedar aromas of this wine's youth have developed into a classic bottle bouquet of dried cherry and perfume. Soft and layered upon release, the texture has become even silkier with delicate tannis and mouthwatering acidity on the finish. Classically structured and ready to enjoy now!
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