Nickel and Nickel

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Carriage House - our room was the top right!

We got up early, got packed, and headed up to the Main House for our last breakfast at the B&B.  OMG, all the food was so yummy.  Sadly, I forgot my camera both days so I don't have pics of the food but we had fresh mixed fruit, hard boiled eggs, bacon, and this bread pudding for breakfast. There were various cheeses, crackers, and meats available as well.  Fresh brewed coffee and juice - perfect way to start the day before going wine tasting.   I was sad to say goodbye to Veronica who had been the innkeeper during the day as I didn't want to leave the B&B..couldn't we just stay forever? :D Veronica was sweet and gave Brett the last chocolate chip cookie and he sweet talked her into selling us a couple of the coffee mugs they had.  YEAH!  They had the Beazley House logo and were absolutely beautiful.

Tried to get a full view of the room
  I took a few quick photos of the grounds and we were off and running for our tour and tasting at Nickel and Nickel. 

We arrived at N&N with about 5 minutes to spare and we had to buzz in before they would open the gates and let us in.  Top secret! LOL.  We got inside and paid our $40 a piece for the tour and they sent us to the Salon where others were enjoying a glass of Chardonnay while waiting for the tour to begin.  The Chardonnay was incredible and I couldn't wait to go on the tour and taste the remaining 4 wines we were set to try.  Nickel and Nickel is somewhere I've been hoping to get in to for some time now and it was perfect now that Brett was coming out so we could try one of Napa's best together!  Nickel and Nickel is a sister winery to the well known and famed Far Niente Winery.

Looking back to the main house at Nickel and Nickel
Dolce is their other winery which is devoted to just producing the Dolce dessert wine. 

The tour was very informational and we got to step inside the old bar on site which was built in 1884.  It was not original to the site and was transported there piece by piece through a program called "Save a Barn" and reconstructed on site.  There is a white barn which is newer, containing their newer wine tanks. 

One of the unique properties of Nickel and Nickel is they are single varietal wines, meaning no blending and all grapes come from the same vineyard.  This is one of the reasons their wines are so widely praised.  We toured the barrel room underneath the barns, and then got to play with the "dirt".  They have a room with the different soils that are present at their various vineyards.

Old barn from 1884
  Some of them are more clay based and others are more lava rock formations. 

After the tour, we headed to the main dining area where our wines were already set up - I love tasting wine in a structured setting like this.  You get to try the various wines and have more information presented than you usually do at a tasting bar.  On our placemat were 5 Cabernets!  We were only supposed to try 5 wines total so we were already 1 up! SWEET! :D  We were told to try each of the Cabs but to save some in our glasses, going back to try them again as our palate would change.  Sure enough, the ones Brett and I liked the most the first round ended up being one of our least favorites the next time around.  All their Cabs were incredible and so amazingly smooth.

Had to get a pic of us before the tasting began
  Each vineyard imparted such unique characteristics to the wine and you really could pick up those nuances when trying them side by side. 

The two guys across from us were from New York and sweet talked them into opening up another wine, one of their Zinfandels. And with that, came out a glass of the Dolce.  OMG!  We had been hearing all about the Dolce and seeing as it was $85 for a 375ML and $170 for the 750ML regular wine sized bottle.  The Zinfandel was incredible and the Dolce was truly heaven in a bottle.  Wow!  Wow!  Wow! 

I have to say I was incredibly impressed with Brett and his palate.  He really picked up some of the flavors and aromas in the wines without looking at the tasting notes.  This coming from the guy who is proud to admit he drinks super cheap, crappy wine at home!  I am basically the one to introduce him to better wine and I think I've created a monster! LOL.

Our tasting flights
  We ended up bringing home one of their $90 Cabernets and their Syrah that was on special this month.  WOW.  I am impressed - from $9 to $90 bottles just in one weekend! HAHA.  Now, both of us know a bottle like that is for a special occasion, not an every night wine!

On our way out of the winery, we stopped to take some pictures of the grounds and the beautiful horses out front.  The brown horse seemed to take to me and literally followed me everywhere I walked.  LOL.  I had flashbacks to Melanie's (Mellemel8) visit to see me in August and we were up in Sonoma wine country petting this horse when it decided to start nibbling on my bra while someone was taking our picture! HAHA.

My friend the horsey!
  These horses at Nickel and Nickel were very friendly and Brett and I took a few photos and then decided to get on the road so we could get back to the Sacramento area early enough to see the winery where I volunteer and meet the winemaker and his wife. 

What an amazing time we had in Napa and I can't wait to bring Brett back and try some other wineries together!

blenderboy says:
Erin...nice "love story" you 2 make a great couple...Just takes a "great woman " to bring out the best in us men...ASK JOY>>>LOL...As she says before we married my sheets/towels were good for 1 think exfoilerating...lol

Now its 600 thread count & champagne...have I become a Mr Fancy Pants or what .lol

LOVE JIM & JOY IN MILWAUKEE
Posted on: Jan 26, 2009
metsbwd says:
What can I say...I'm hooked! Can't wait to go back again!!!
Posted on: Jan 24, 2009
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Carriage House - our room was the …
Carriage House - our room was the…
Tried to get a full view of the ro…
Tried to get a full view of the r…
Looking back to the main house at …
Looking back to the main house at…
Old barn from 1884
Old barn from 1884
Had to get a pic of us before the …
Had to get a pic of us before the…
Our tasting flights
Our tasting flights
My friend the horsey!
My friend the horsey!
Beazley House gardens
Beazley House gardens
Beazley House gardens
Beazley House gardens
Patio area at Beazley House
Patio area at Beazley House
Entry way in Mansion - view from t…
Entry way in Mansion - view from …
The Sherry and where the cookies n…
The Sherry and where the cookies …
The living room
The living room
Other part of the living room
Other part of the living room
The breakfast bar
The breakfast bar
Enclosed patio at Nickel and Nickel
Enclosed patio at Nickel and Nickel
Beautiful hall in Nickel and Nickel
Beautiful hall in Nickel and Nickel
Patio @ N&N
Patio @ N&N
Nickel and Nickel grounds
Nickel and Nickel grounds
Nickel and Nickel grounds
Nickel and Nickel grounds
Main house at Nickel and Nickel
Main house at Nickel and Nickel
Nickel and Nickel grounds
Nickel and Nickel grounds
New barn
New barn
View to Opus One from Nickel and N…
View to Opus One from Nickel and …
Another shot of the old barn
Another shot of the old barn
Newer barn area
Newer barn area
Old car in historic barn
Old car in historic barn
Lab in old barn
Lab in old barn
Stove heater in old barn
Stove heater in old barn
original beams
original beams
Close up of lab area
Close up of lab area
Kitchen area in old barn
Kitchen area in old barn
Plaque on car showing who restored…
Plaque on car showing who restore…
Their wine making equipment
Their wine making equipment
Nickel and Nickel labels on steel …
Nickel and Nickel labels on steel…
Steel fermentation tanks
Steel fermentation tanks
grape bins!
grape bins!
New barn and steel fermentation ta…
New barn and steel fermentation t…
open beams
open beams
beautiful barn
beautiful barn
More steel fermentation tanks
More steel fermentation tanks
The arm for punching the open to…
The arm for "punching" the open t…
Nickel and Nickel grounds
Nickel and Nickel grounds
Nickel and Nickel grounds
Nickel and Nickel grounds
Nickel and Nickel grounds
Nickel and Nickel grounds
The dirt room
The "dirt" room
Remainder of the dirt bins
Remainder of the dirt bins
Barrel room
Barrel room
Barrel room
Barrel room
Another view in the barrel room
Another view in the barrel room
Labels on barrels
Labels on barrels
Their barrels
Their barrels
Barrels
Barrels
and more barrels!
and more barrels!
The other end of the barrel room
The other end of the barrel room
The salon where we started the tour
The salon where we started the tour
Specials on their 04 warm!
Specials on their 04 warm!
Beautiful grounds
Beautiful grounds
Close up of just the wine
Close up of just the wine
Brett getting ready to try all the…
Brett getting ready to try all th…
Nickel and Nickel grounds
Nickel and Nickel grounds
Nickel and Nickel grounds
Nickel and Nickel grounds
Nickel and Nickel winery
Nickel and Nickel winery
Brett trying to pet him
Brett trying to pet him
the Nickel and Nickel horses
the Nickel and Nickel horses
Me trying to pet my new friend
Me trying to pet my new friend
the Nickel and Nickel horses
the Nickel and Nickel horses
the Nickel and Nickel horses
the Nickel and Nickel horses
the Nickel and Nickel horses
the Nickel and Nickel horses
the Nickel and Nickel horses
the Nickel and Nickel horses
the Nickel and Nickel horses
the Nickel and Nickel horses
the Nickel and Nickel horses
the Nickel and Nickel horses
Me with the Nickel and Nickel hors…
Me with the Nickel and Nickel hor…
Brett showing off his Nickel and N…
Brett showing off his Nickel and …
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