Life Is A Cabernet
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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 ›
A Veteran's Day Message from Ray Duncan, Founder of Silver Oak and Twomey Cellars!
POSTED 11/11/2013 7:43:44 PM
Today marks Veteran's Day, a day we hold in particular reverence here at Silver Oak and Twomey. We thought we would share this story of former United States Marine, and founder of Silver Oak and Twomey Cellars, Ray Twomey Duncan, during his tour of Korea at the close of the Korean War.
Finally, we would just like to take this opportunity to thank our military men and women for all of the sacrifices that they have made so that we can all enjoy the liberty and freedom afforded to us by our great nation. We hope you all enjoy Veteran's Day and be sure to take a moment today to thank a Veteran. And if you are one, we raise our glass to you. Thank you.Read more ›