Maybe you’ve seen the headlines, oddly Halloween-appropriate phrases like “The Sideways Curse is Lifted” or “Merlot is Ripe for Revival.” As we close out the month of October, aka “Merlot Month,” we’d like to cheer that Merlot is not having a moment; it’s having dozens of them!
As our three single-vineyard, 100% Napa Valley Merlots reveal, when crafted when grown in the right places, Merlot can be ovation-worthy all on its own. Check out a handful of ways you can give, serve, share and enjoy this luscious, and lusciously versatile, wine this Halloween weekend and throughout the holidays.
Choose Your Own Virtual Wine Tasting Adventure. Taste all three of our single-vineyard Merlots side by side. Compare and contrast Merlot and Cabernet from the same Napa Valley AVA, i.e. Harris Vineyard Merlot and John C. Sullenger Vineyard Cabernet in an Oakville mano e mano. Our virtual wine experiences are 100% customizable. We will ship preferred selections of wine to each person’s doorstep and work to coordinate a time that works for your whole group. Our virtual tasting hosts are knowledgeable and professional, not to mention engaging and fun, and these live-video events are a great way to elevate an online reunion, your next corporate meeting or an at-home happy hour with friends.
Sip it While Supporting a Local Restaurant! Our version of painting the town red? Filling our glasses with a lusicious Napa Valley red wine while nibbling something fantastic at a favorite restaurant or wine bar. Use our Wine Finder tool to find your favorite Nickel & Nickel wines – and the restaurants serving them. It’s as easy as entering your zip code, plugging in the maximum mile radius and doing a local search. Try it now.
Stay In and Uncork Your Favorite Bottle. Harris Vineyard Merlot with Pizza. Suscol Ranch Merlot with turkey and all the trimmings. And Bear Flat Vineyard Merlot with the winter-perfect chestnut and white truffle fettucine below! Our Nickel & Nickel Merlots possess juicy acidity, full and silky fruit and velvet tannins, so they pair well with a cornucopia of diverse flavors. A less-than-subtle way of saying, expertly crafted Napa Valley Merlot is a super-versatile Thanksgiving staple, and great to have on hand if you’re a frequent holiday host.
Share it with Your Favorite Wine Lovers. Tis the season to send and savor your favorite Napa Valley wines, and our single-vineyard Merlots are juicy and approachable in youth, pair gorgeously with an array of menus, and possess the structure and tannin framework to age gracefully. In other words, from novice to collector, our 100% Merlots shine as gifts for wine lovers of all types. And our wine gift gurus shine in the customer service department! Send them your lists, and they’ll take care of every detail. Whether you’re sending wine gifts to 5, 55 or 500, they’d love to work with you. Start the conversation here.
Don't forget to bookmark this decadent, Merlot-friendly fettucine. With its creamy parmesan sauce and warm, butter-sautéed chestnuts, it's fragrant, festive and effortlessly elegant.
Fettuccine with Chestnuts and White Truffles
2 cups heavy cream
¼ teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
Kosher salt, to taste
White pepper, to taste
1 cup Parmesan, grated
18 ounces fresh fettuccine
1 cup chestnuts, peeled and chopped in quarters
Chives, finely sliced
Fresh white truffle, shaved
For the Parmesan Cream Sauce: In a medium-sized pot, add heavy cream, nutmeg, salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer, stirring frequently and scraping the sides and bottom of the pan to make sure the cream does not curdle. Continue to simmer over medium heat for approximately 6-8 minutes, slightly reduced. Add mixture to your blender, along with grated parmesan. Blend the mixture on high for two minutes, or until it is completely puréed. Taste and season with salt if needed.
For the Fettuccine: In a large pot, bring salted water to a boil. Cook fettuccine for about four minutes, stirring occasionally. When it is tender but still firm to the bite, drain the pasta and toss with a drizzle of your favorite olive oil.
For the Chestnuts: In a small sauté pan, melt butter over medium-low heat. Add chestnuts and stir, coating them fully in butter. Season with salt and sauté approximately five minutes, until they turn a dark and golden on all sides.
Fill four warmed bowls with fettucine. Ladle Parmesan cream on top of the pasta, then garnish with chestnuts and chives. Using a truffle shaver, crown each dish with four to five thin slices . Serve while still warm, pairing it with the luscious texture, deep plum flavors and toasted oak notes of Nickel & Nickel Bear Flat Merlot.
The countdown to Thanksgiving has officially begun. For some of us, it feels like the season for gathering and gratitude sprang up out of nowhere. Others have had their Thanksgiving menus set, seating charts mapped and holiday wines ordered since the first day of fall.
Whether you’re easing back into turkey duty or pulling together an extravagant feast, you’re invited to glean some Thanksgiving wine inspiration from some of our resident food and wine pros. From Bella Union Winemaker Brooke Price to our virtual experiences and senior events managers, they've shared some of their treasured holiday traditions and favorite Thanksgiving wine pairing tips.LEARN MORE
Planning Your Mother’s Day menu? Garnish with fresh chives and serve our recipe for herb-infused salmon rillettes as the first course for your brunch, lunch or dinner. Paired with a chilled glass of Far Niente Napa Valley Chardonnay, of course! This elegantly etched version will lift the flavors of fresh spring dishes and classic brunch fare and double as the centerpiece of your Mother’s Day table.LEARN MORE
When it comes to personalized wine gifting, our exclusive selection of engraved wines will add a meaningful touch to your holiday giving and gathering.
From classic Far Niente Chardonnay to a party-sized format of Nickel & Nickel State Ranch Cabernet, explore three of our most enchanting holiday jewels. Each of these Napa Valley favorites is elegantly etched in festive script, so the bottle can also be displayed long after the last glass has been savored.LEARN MORE