A Singular Perspective

A Blog by Nickel & Nickel Winery

Executive Chef Trevor EliasonA brief moment of pause for Chef Trevor Eliason,
during this year’s Nickel & Nickel Cabernet Day.

After cooking up mouthwatering menus for our Nickel & Nickel Cabernet release events for almost a decade, Chef Trevor Eliason has come to know the crowd favorites. For us, each event is a chance to showcase exciting new dishes to pair with our single vineyard wines. Over the years, however, our members and guests have come to have a few clear favorites. Chef Trevor clued us in to our Members’ Top Three, and suggested his favorite Nickel & Nickel Cabernet Sauvignons to open and enjoy with each.

Our Top Three Cabernet Day Crowd-Pleasers

Wild Mushroom Tartlet:  With dozens of edible mushrooms growing throughout Northern California, the versions have varied from year to year. We typically lean toward meatier varieties (like porcini), which can hold their own alongside our deeply textured Napa Cabernets.

Single-Vineyard Wine Pairing
2012 Nickel & Nickel John C. Sullenger Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Oakville, Napa Valley

Korean Style Short-Ribs:  Savory and sweet, hinting at the faintly exotic, Trevor’s short ribs (get the recipe!) are typically one of the first items to run out. The best short ribs have great texture, yet melt in your mouth. Just thinking about the charred caramel scent of great kalbi (the Korean name for short ribs) makes us want to light the grill and open a bottle of something rich and dark, with broad, coating tannins.

Single-Vineyard Wine Pairing
2012 Nickel & Nickel C.C. Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon
Rutherford, Napa Valley

Rosemary-Scented Rack of Lamb:  Super fragrant (and sourced from a local/organic farm in Dixon, CA), the lamb almost always serves as Cabernet Day’s Grand Finale. “The minute we open the lamb station, a line forms, and guests get very excited,” Trevor says.

Single-Vineyard Wine Pairing
2012 Nickel & Nickel Sori Bricco Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
 Diamond Mountain, Napa Valley

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