PressPlay: Sharing Holiday joys with walnuts and Trefethen Winery

Every year I receive great gifts from wineries as a thank you for articles I’ve written, speaking engagements, or friendships that have been built over the past two decades.

Trefethen 2012 Dragon's Tooth Red Wine: Fabulous blend of Malbec, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Lively aromas and flavors of dark fruits, cinnamon, nutmeg, chocolate, toasty oak, and a long rich finish. Holiday pairings: wild mushroom pasta, mac & cheese, seared duck breast, and roasted meats. $60.
Trefethen 2012 Dragon’s Tooth Red Wine: Fabulous blend of Malbec, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Lively aromas and flavors of dark fruits, cinnamon, nutmeg, chocolate, toasty oak, and a long rich finish. Holiday
pairings: wild mushroom pasta, mac & cheese, seared duck breast, and roasted meats. $60.

With that being said, I always know what I’ll get from Trefethen Family Vineyards on a yearly basis: a fabulous bag of walnuts from the magnificent trees on the old Eshcol property the Trefethen family purchased just east of Napa in 1968.

Besides being used as ingredients in tasty holiday treats, this special bag of nuts serve as a symbol of farming heritage of the estate and neighboring properties in the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley. In many ways, it’s also a small token of the family’s gratitude for friendships they have built through the years with wine writers, sommeliers and retailers whom are appreciative of the family’s unique wine portfolio.

But this year has a little extra meaning to the family. For when the South Napa earthquake hit at 3:20 a.m. on August 24, 2014, tref15bthe impact of the 6.0 tremor caused severe damage to the historic winery and winemaking facility on the property.

Granted, it’s going to take some time to retrofit and rebuild this legendary wooden winery designed by architect H.W. Mcintyre for the Eschol family in 1886. But alas, I’m happy to say that when I visited Trefethen Vineyards in mid-December, the construction was in final stages of restoring the amazing face of the southern end of the building back before Christmas.

According to my good friend Mimi Gatens, the Marketing Manager for Trefethen Vineyards, the family is hoping to have the winery open in spring 2016. But for now, they have a fun and festive tent set up to serve as the hospitality center until the building is finished. (See the photos of my favorite new wine picks.)

Walnut-Recipe-s2With walnuts, here is the newest seasonal recipe done by Napa Valley’s own Chef Cindy Pawlcyn, who will be working with a long list of other star chefs, as well as wines from Trefethen Family Vineyard and a multitude of other great members of the Napa Valley Vintners, at the exciting Flavor Napa Valley events, March 16-20. Try this recipe with another local speciality: the Traditional Plain Chevre from Redwood Hill Farm in Sebastopol.

In the meantime, holiday cheers to the Trefethens and all the great readers of SawyerSomm.com from the Sawyer family!

Trefethen 2014 Dry Riesling: Enchanting aromas of ripe fruits, citrus, chamomile, jasmine and white pepper. Vibrant flavors of white peach, apricot, apple, lime, grapefruit peel, and burst of bracing acidity. 
Crisp, clean and bright. Holiday pairings: young cheeses, spring rolls, soups, salads with citrus vinaigrette, shellfish, light fish dishes, roasted chicken, and spicy Asian cuisine. $25.
Trefethen 2014 Dry Riesling: Enchanting aromas of ripe fruits, citrus, chamomile, jasmine and white pepper. Vibrant flavors of white peach, apricot, apple, lime, grapefruit peel, and burst of bracing acidity.
Crisp, clean and bright. Holiday pairings: young cheeses, spring rolls, soups, salads with citrus vinaigrette, shellfish, light fish dishes, roasted chicken, and spicy Asian cuisine. $25.
Trefethen 2011 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon: Classic Trefethen style of Cabernet Sauvignon with deep flavors of ripe berries, licorice, wild sage, layers of spice, fine French oak, and a smooth, velvety texture. Young, lively, and worthy of aging. Holiday pairings: charcuterie, risotto, ham, grilled steaks, and rack of lamb. $100
Trefethen 2011 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon: Classic Trefethen style of Cabernet Sauvignon with deep flavors of ripe berries, licorice, wild sage, layers of spice, fine French oak, and a smooth, velvety texture.
Young, lively, and worthy of aging. Holiday pairings: charcuterie, risotto, ham, grilled steaks, and rack of lamb. $100

Trefethen Family
Vineyards

1160 Oak Knoll Avenue, Napa, California 94558

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