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Truffles have long been prized for their rarity, and for the rich, earthy flavors and aromas they lend to dishes. The 4th Annual Napa Truffle Festival celebrates this esteemed fungus January 17 – 20, 2014, with seminars, wine and food pairings with Michelin star chefs, cooking demos and a Truffle Festival Marketplace.
One of the exciting events in the lineup is a pairing lunch at sister winery Nickel & Nickel, with Executive Chef Trevor Eliason and Michelin star guest chef Carrie Nahabedian of Chicago’s NAHA. To receive your 20% discount for the Nickel & Nickel Winery Truffle Lunch, simply click on the festival's tickets page, select the lunch, then scroll down to 'Enter promotional code' and enter the following code: nickel-lunch.
Additionally, if you would like to attend any of the Napa Truffle Festival programs throughout the weekend, January 18-19, you will receive a 10% discount. The same instructions apply for the following code: nickel.
These special offers expire December 22, 2013.
For more information about the Napa Truffle Festival, visit: www.napatrufflefestival.com.
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!
12 2012on November
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Our gift catalog offers a tantalizing selection of wines from Far Niente, Nickel & Nickel, Dolce and EnRoute. This year, we’ve added a three-bottle Far Niente Cave Collection vertical of the 2005, 2006 and 2007 vintages. Called ‘Age & Beauty,’ the gift is exactly that–a beautiful example of the way Far Niente wines develop in bottle. Also look for the addition of a 3L bottle of 2010 Far Niente Chardonnay, which is ideal for celebrations and gatherings of all kinds.
Each gift in the online catalog to our shopping page is linked for easy ordering. Or, for personal assistance, call Far Niente at (707) 944-2861. To ensure delivery by the Thanksgiving holiday, place your orders by Friday, November 16.
13 2012on September
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You know the old joke. The New York tourist stops Leonard Bernstein on the streets of New York and asks him, “How do I get to Carnegie Hall.” He says, “Practice, practice, practice.”
One of the great professional pleasures of my wine career has been my continuous role as a board member of the Oakville Winegrowers since it was established as an official American Viticultural Area (AVA) in 1993. This fabulous alliance of vintners and growers, in the heart of Napa Valley’s Oakville region, is dedicated to advancing the quality of Cabernet from this highly regarded area. Each year our illustrious group gathers for Napa Valley’s most anticipated new release Cabernet tasting and each year we show why the tasting is the valley’s hottest professional tasting of the year. Now, after all these years of “practice, practice, practice,” Oakville is ready for Carnegie Hall.
Save the date of November 14, 2012. Twenty-three of my neighbors will join me as the Oakville Winegrowers bring our over-the-top style of support to the fund-raising cause for Carnegie Hall’s Artistic and Education Programs. This will be a spectacular tasting of wines not to be missed. If you love Cabernet and you are anywhere in the New York vicinity, you should drop everything and be there. Ticketing information will follow soon, but if you would like to secure a space now please feel free to email the Oakville Winegrowers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
28 2012on February
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Far Niente and Nickel & Nickel have enjoyed a long, supportive relationship with the V Foundation for Cancer Research. Beth reports on her recent experience at New York Fashion Week, when she hosted the winning bidder of our wineries’ auction lot – which supported the Foundation – plus five friends, for a sneak-peak at what’s ahead in fall fashion.
So we were off on a magic carpet to the Big Apple for an amazing time called “New York Fashion Week.” The trip came about through an auction lot that Far Niente and Nickel & Nickel donated to the V Foundation Wine Celebration, which we have supported for many years. We wanted to donate a lot attractive to the ladies, since there are always plenty of auction lots that have to do with big sporting events. (ESPN is also a huge supporter of V Foundation.) The marvelous artist/vintner/bon vivant Kelly Finn raised her paddle and won the lot and the privilege of taking five people with her to enjoy the sensational week. It was filled with beautiful clothing, stunning models, creative designers, wonderful restaurants, fashion industry celebrities and crazy, quirky people-watching at every show.
Our series of events started with the Red Dress Gala, which featured 18 designers with their dazzling red gowns modeled by 18 celebrity models. (Chaka Khan, Christie Brinkley, Gloria Estefan, Jennifer Nettles and Michael Phelps’ mom, to name a few.) Other amazing shows we attended included Monique Lhuillier, with her sensational, chic designs; Carmen Marc Valvo, with his gorgeous, flowy gowns and the always-brilliant Carolina Herrera, with her elegant creations. Along with seeing these established, big-name designers, we were privileged to have a private showing at the atelier of up-and-coming fine jewelry designer, Monique Pean. Her pieces are made from materials which are ethically mined and eco-sensitive such as Peruvian opalina and fossilized walrus ivory – they are beautiful and unusual.
With Monique Pean and her beautiful designs
It was a treat for me to take us ladies to dinner where we enjoyed our Napa Cabernets at many delightful places, including the elegant and airy Four Seasons Restaurant. My late husband, Gil, and I started going there in the early 70s and we have always received such wonderful hospitality while dining there. It felt like the continuation of a beautiful friendship to be received in such a way again with these lovely, new friends.
(View Beth’s photo album from the week here.)
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