Whether you're watching the ball drop IRL, throwing it back with a Roaring 20s-themed soiree, keeping it cozy with a quiet dinner party for friends or breaking out the board games and staying in, these four festive late harvest Dolce recipes will up the enchantment of your New Year's Eve toasts, however you decide to celebrate. Inspired by cocktails we've served at Napa Valley winery events throughout the years, these aren't your average wine cocktails! Try your hand at one, or go all out and create a full Dolce Cocktail Bar. If there's ever a time to go extra festive on the sips, it's New Year's.LEARN MORE
Non-malolactic fermentation. Although the phrase doesn’t roll easily off the tongue, Chardonnays made without it certainly can. And it’s essential to our Far Niente Chardonnay house style.LEARN MORE
o drink Dolce on its own is a pleasure; as a complement to a delectable dish, it is an experience.LEARN MORE
Meet Six Women Shaping the Far Niente Family of Wineries & Vineyards.
Two winemakers. One CFO. Two VPs. And the woman who helped launch Far Niente more than 40 years ago. In celebration of Women’s History Month, we sat down to talk with just a few of the women shaping the way we grow, make, sell and share our wines. From the cellar to the board room, these daring innovators and leaders share a passion for human connection and a sense of adventure.LEARN MORE
In anticipation of our annual Cave Collection release, we sat down with Winemaker Nicole Marchesi to talk about Far Niente's Cave Collection and the keys to making age-worthy Napa Valley Cabernet. Read on to hear what she has to say. Then mark your calendars for the January 17 release from Far Niente's Cave Collection. This year’s allocation is one of our most limited to date, with less than 100 bottles available for our most sought-after vintages.
"Each vintage is our opportunity to make our greatest wine. It's what inspires us in the vineyard and winery."LEARN MORE
Are you ready for the chicken soup and Chardonnay pairing our winemaker can’t get enough of?
Far Niente Winemaker Nicole Marchesi recently had our mouths watering with her recommendation for homemade chicken soup and Chardonnay, specifically Far Niente’s Napa Valley Chardonnay.
Ready to whip up a batch of the chicken soup and wine pairing that had her sighing with comfort? Read on for her garden-fresh chicken and soba noodle minestrone recipe. It's a knockout with Napa Valley Chardonnay.LEARN MORE
This Beef Tenderloin with Roasted Sweet Potatoes is a dreamy recipe to cook with your favorite culinary partner in crime. Inspired by the golden blooms of mustard sprouting up between our vineyard rows, we encased the tenderloin with toasted mustard seed to give it a Napa Valley twist. Slice it thin; top with our classic red wine shallot sauce.LEARN MORE
Is there a more luxurious pairing than lobster and Far Niente Chardonnay? How about lobster plus three back-to-back vintages of Far Niente Chardonnay? In celebration of our upcoming live and virtual Lobster & Chardonnay Weekend events, we put together a special three-bottle vertical of 2018, 2019 and 2020 Far Niente Chardonnay. We’re excited to share this special collection with you now, along with Truffle Shuffle Chef Tyler Vorce’s recipe for truffled Maine lobster rolls.LEARN MORE
On the heels of our winter release of the 2019 vintage of our iconic Oakville Estate Cabernet, we are excited to share a new vintage of Far Niente Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon with you, too!
Deeply reflective of Far Niente’s nearly four decades of crafting majestic Napa Cabernet, our Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley marries fruit from our estate vineyard in Oakville with hand-selected Cabernet lots from Calistoga, Oak Knoll, St. Helena, Stags Leap, Diamond Mountain, and Yountville.LEARN MORE
We are planning the ultimate virtual Super Bowl pre-party with our January’s Hosted at Home co-hosts, Nickel & Nickel Winemaker Joe Harden and Super Bowl Champion Will Blackmon. We have a slate of winemaker and wine industry guests you joining us this year that you won't want to miss.
Then, read on below for three game-day ready appetizer recipes (& two single-vineyard, Napa Valley Cabernets destined to be MVPs) that will take your game day snacking and sipping to the next level. When Sunday rolls around, you'll be ready.LEARN MORE
When Beth and Gil Nickel purchased the Far Niente property in 1979, not only did they lovingly restore the neglected stone building and create a footprint for the winery’s famously lush gardens, they also began the important process of designing a label for the soon-to-be revitalized wine estate.LEARN MORE
Nickel & Nickel's Annual Cabernet Day event is next month, and we're excited to announce that July’s Hosted at Home Happy Hour will bring a livestream of this single-vineyard celebration straight to your living room, dining room or back patio. We hope you'll be able to join Foundress Beth Nickel, Nickel & Nickel Winemaker Joe Harden and host Todd Elliot from 12-1 PM Pacific on July 23, as we toast some stunning single-vineyard wines from the new 2019 Nickel & Nickel vintage. In addition to an a-list cast from the Far Niente Family of Wineries team, we’ll also be joined by special Guest Cathy Hammond, of Atlas Peak Olive Oil, for a special tasting of her Arbequina and Italian olive oils, as well as Atlas Peak Olive Oil’s classic balsamic.
Want to taste along with us? Read on to get prepped and ready!LEARN MORE
We're continuing the 40th anniversary celebration of Far Niente's first (and best) Napa Valley Chardonnay with a spring food and wine pairing that's at once effortless and elegant.
As multifaceted as it is iconic, the 2019 Far Niente Estate Bottled Chardonnay's citrus-honeysuckle perfume, silky fruit flavors, warm vanilla and bright finish elevate an array of occasions. Pair this versatile Napa Valley Chardonnay with spring gardens, panoramic views, long lunches, golden sunsets and the seafood and white wine linguine recipe below. This elegant food and wine menu takes less than half an hour to prepare; it's filled with flavor and fragrance; and it's currently one of our top seafood and Chardonnay pairing picks.LEARN MORE
If you’re itching to fire up your grill this summer, look no further than this miso-marinated hanger steak with roasted potatoes, miso mayonnaise and crunchy kale salad. This not-so-classic steak and Cabernet recipe and wine pairing hits all the umami high notes!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
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
It’s November and we’ve got food, wine and gratitude on the brain! A handful of our Far Niente Family team weighed in on favorite food and wine pairings that make them thankful for, well, food and wine! From simple classics to the food and wine combos that ignited their passion for wine, we’ve compiled their mouthwatering responses below.LEARN MORE
Far Niente Family of Wineries & Vineyards' Vice President of Winemaking Andrew Delos and The Caviar Co.'s Tess Roletti are teaming up for our May Hosted at Home virtual wine tasting! From the crisp flavors of Bella Union Sauvignon Blanc with wild Hackleback caviar to the surprising magic of Siberian Sturgeon's large black pearls paired with Nickel & Nickel Darien Vineyard Syrah, it promises to be a wine and caviar event like no other.LEARN MORE
Madras curry and bright Meyer lemon give this easy-to-assemble chicken salad fragrance and flavor, while candied pecans lend it just the right amount of sweet crunch. Subtly smoky and lightly tangy, it's so good piled atop crusty sourdough baguette, rolled into picnic-ready wraps or neatly scooped into butter lettuce and endive "cups."LEARN MORE
Ready to inspire your palate, look like a food and wine pairing pro, and indulge in some seriously delicious adventures in the kitchen? Reach for a silky, sophisticated, super versatile wine, like the newest vintage of EnRoute’s flagship Pinot Noir, Les Pommiers. Then, layer in comforting seasonal flavor. This elegant roasted chicken thigh recipe and wine pairing will start you off on the right culinary foot.LEARN MORE
Our 40th anniversary celebration of Far Niente’s iconic Napa Valley Chardonnay continues with a collection of recipes inspired by the Far Niente kitchen, our winery gardens and the foods grown, raised and caught in Northern California and along the Pacific coast.
From Dungeness crab rolls and chilled lobster with mango to a savory roasted chicken with swiss chard, these Chardonnay-friendly recipes are are all infused with elegance, flavor and the enchanting spirit of Il Dolce Far Niente—three qualities that can transform an ordinary gathering into a celebration. And, of course, they are each a luxurious food and wine match for our Far Niente Estate Bottled Chardonnay, Napa Valley.
We hope you enjoy preparing them as much as we do. Cheers!LEARN MORE
With February 14 officially less than a month away, we couldn’t resist seducing your palates with one of our favorite Valentine’s Day wine pairings: chocolate and Cabernet. Which is why we teamed up with Woodhouse chocolatier John Anderson and Post & Beam Winemaker Michael Accurso for this month’s Hosted at Home happy hour. Michael and John will be sharing how they enjoy this romantic wine pairing during our February virtual tasting, however, they've passed along three of their top wine and chocolate tips, now, so you can plan ahead!
It’s a single-vineyard celebration and it’s going to be cheddar than ever!
The cheesy one-liners are back for a third summer, along with August Hosted at Home Co-Hosts, EnRoute Winemaker Michael Accurso and Jasper Hill Farm’s Zoe Brickley. This is one of our favorite Hosted at Home tastings, and not just because it’s oozing with amazing cheese and wine pairings (and even cheesier food and wine puns). Michael and Zoe are both extremely passionate about their crafts, and they love sharing that passion with others. We hope you’ll join our favorite curd nerd – and our resident wine geek – for a brie-lliant afternoon of food, wine and conversation.LEARN MORE
If you're looking to enhance your spring and summer wine collection, now's the time to experience our very first estate-grown and Rutherford-designated Cabernet: the 2018 Bella Union Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon. Available exclusively from us, this masterfully crafted new Cabernet allows us to bring a beautiful union of two stunning estate vineyards and the very best qualities of one of Napa Valley’s most renowned AVAs together in a single wine.
Whether you pour it on date night, transform a 15-minute lunch into a two-hour affair, or savor it leisurely (by a firepit, under a canopy of stars), we hope our newest Bella Union masterpiece becomes a luxury staple for the long spring days ahead. Read on to learn more about the wine Bella Union winemaker Brooke Bobyak calls "the epitome of Rutherford Cabernet."LEARN MORE
From a creamy-yet-tangy toma to the sweet butter and caramel flavors of Bellwether Farms’ Carmody, this cheese trio offers something for every palate.LEARN MORE
Classically beautiful. Alluringly perfumed. With pure fruit flavors and an elegant mouthfeel. For four decades, Far Niente Chardonnay has captivated palates and hearts. As we continue to celebrate the 40th anniversary of this timeless Napa Valley wine, winemaker Nicole Marchesi weighs in on what it takes to grow and craft a Napa Valley icon.LEARN MORE
Bring your appetites and dust off your decanter because Bella Union Winemaker Brooke Price and Top Chef’s Ron Duprat are teaming up for our March Hosted at Home virtual wine tasting! From the new vintage of Bella Union’s estate-grown Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon to the [foie-gras optional] seared scallops menu Chef Duprat has designed to pair with the new vintage of Post & Beam Chardonnay, this month’s Napa Valley wines and recipe pairings are nothing short of decadent.LEARN MORE
At EnRoute, Winemaker Michael Accurso has a passion for both the star vineyards and the team players, which is why the EnRoute Pinot Noir portfolio consists of both a limited release of Single-Vineyard bottlings along with EnRoute's flagship Pinot Noir, "Les Pommiers." While EnRoute’s Single-Vineyard Pinot Noirs showcase the pedigree of their individual site, “Les Pommiers,” brings together our very best Russian River Valley vineyards.
"We’re incredibly fortunate to have six key vineyards that consistently make the 'Les Pommiers' cut every year. Exactly what do these individual Russian River vineyards bring to the "Les Pommiers" Pinot Noir? Michael weighs in on each, below.LEARN MORE
It’s officially spring, buds are unfurling across ALL of our vineyards, Earth Day is around the corner and we’re spending the month celebrating biodiversity … in our vineyards and at our wineries (did you know we’re a certified Napa Green winery?).
In fact, our April Hosted at Home hosts include one of our biggest advocates for environmental stewardship, Director of Vineyard Operations John McCarthy.
From Far Niente’s still-revolutionary floating solar voltaic panels to our new woolly weed-eaters, John’s excited to share what we've been up to in our Napa and Russian River Valley vineyards.LEARN MORE