Life Is A Cabernet
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We are Happy!
POSTED 4/2/2014 10:01:03 PM
We are happy! We are colleagues who work in Napa & Sonoma Wine Country, but we are more like a family. We share a passion for what we do, for our corner of the world and for each other. When we come together as a group, magic happens and we wanted to share our Happy-ness with you. Here is a behind the scenes look at our family.
Thank you to Pharrell Williams for creating such a joyful, inspirational song and for partnering with the United Nations Foundation to create International Day of Happiness. A day to encourage people to take action to support the UN and to create a happier world for people everywhere. #HAPPYDAY
Thank you to Napa Valley Balloons, Inc. for allowing us to be Happy at 1,700 feet!
A HUGE THANK YOU to our incredibly talented videographers Dina Mande and Chelsea Schmitz of Juice Media www.hellojuice.com. You are family and you make us feel like a room without a roof!
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Wine-ter is Coming!
POSTED 2/6/2014 10:55:03 PM
Winter In Wine Country.
A common misconception is that the Summer or Fall Harvest are the best time to plan a visit to wine country, but might we suggest a little Winter wine getaway?
Here are a few reasons why Wine Country in Winter is a great time to visit:Read more ›
We Have Yet To Make Our Best Bottle of Wine
POSTED 1/22/2014 10:04:14 PM
We have a saying at Silver Oak and Twomey: "We have yet to make our best bottle of wine." This founding philosophy extends to everything we do and as you'll see here, it also means something different to each of us.Read more ›
Napa Valley Release Day is Coming!
POSTED 1/8/2014 11:29:01 PM
We’re excited to celebrate the release of our 2009 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon on Saturday, February 1st at 10 a.m. at our Oakville winery.
This is the 31st vintage of our Napa Cabernet and the first vintage where we employed the use of Berry Sensory Analysis in our Napa Valley vineyards, allowing us to pick fruit at optimal ripeness.
Our Director of Winemaking, Daniel Baron, describes the 2009 Napa Valley Cabernet as “a ripe, rich, layered, yet elegant wine. It has a dark, ruby color and a complex nose of cassis jam, mocha, violets and nutmeg. On the palate, the wine has a delectable berry-laden entry and a rich, mouth-coating mid-palate. The tannins are beautifully integrated and the wine has a long, satiny finish.”
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A Holiday Food and Wine Pairing Guide from our Winery Chef, Dominic Orsini.
POSTED 11/19/2013 12:03:46 AM
Thanksgiving is every chef’s favorite holiday. I find myself thinking about what I am going to prepare for the Holiday as soon as the first leaves start to fall off the trees. Should I roast or deep fry the turkey this year? What’s my dressing going to be made with? Apple, Leeks and Pumpernickel bread, or Focaccia with Italian sausage like my grandmother used to make? Thanksgiving presents so many opportunities to prepare a meal that is traditional and nostalgic or create something soulful, fresh and new.
However, the question I often struggle with is one that I think most people face when trying to plan out their Thankgsgiving meal; what wines should I enjoy with the dinner? The holiday table is an array of flavors to tend with. Aunt Susie’s green bean casserole, uncle Fred’s spicy yams, not to mention Grandma’s cranberry sauce! Trying to pick a single wine that can pair perfectly with so many disparate flavors and textures can be daunting. So if you start feeling ovrwhelmed, just do what I do: Drink what you like!
I usually begin with a fresh, crisp Sauvignon Blanc to start things off. A Sauvignon Blanc with bright, acid character, and subtle minerality, like our Twomey Sauvignon Blanc, stands up wonderfully with a variety of flavors and is great to sip on as I am putting the finishing touches on dinner.
Although, I’m really a red wine drinker, so I usually like to ease into a glass of Pinot Noir. Pinot’s have a nice medium body that can be stretched in so many directions with flavors and richness which makes it a nice option for that broad array of flavors found on a Thanksgiving table. We'll always enjoy some artisan cheeses at our table which I like to savor with a glass of our Soda Canyon Vineyard Merlot. The dark fruit aroma and well-structured tannins pair well with well-aged cheeses like Parmigiano-Reggiano, 5 year Goudas, and Farm-house Cheddars.
Finally, I know most people like to pair some Cabernet with dinner, but personally, nothing caps a night off like a full glass of our Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon while I sit in front of the fire with my wife and we watch our boys play and visit with friends and family. This wine's rich body and fruit-forward aromas create a perfect way to unwind after a full day spent in the kitchen preparing a meal for the people I love.Read more ›