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With So Many Riesling Styles, Find the One You Love!

by Monica Bennion on June 04, 2017

If there is one wine that is often misunderstood, it is Riesling. With the wide variety of Riesling styles, ranging from very dry to extremely sweet, it can be difficult to decipher which one will suit your taste. In this article, we will discuss the different styles of Riesling, specifically the German styles, and what key words to look for when choosing a Riesling.

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Brunch for the Bunch - Brioche with Prosciutto, Gruyere and Fried Eggs

by Monica Bennion on May 06, 2017

Brunch done right!  This recipe, courtesy of Food & Wine, makes six generous servings.  So gather the group for a hearty helping of buttery brioche topped with a seasoned frisée salad, thinly sliced prosciutto, creamy Gruyère and fried eggs.  This crowd-pleasing meal pairs perfectly with our dry and crisp Jana Winery Rosé of Pinot Noir or our fun and flirty Tickle Me Pink.

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Rethink Pink! The Blossoming of Rosé

by Monica Bennion on May 06, 2017

You can't always judge a wine by its color.  For more than 20 years, rosé wines have received a bad rap, and even the well-made ones have unfortunately been lumped in the same category as blush and "pink" wines simply because of their color.  The stereotype is that "pink" wine is a mass-produced, overly sweet and unbalanced wine.  While that may hold true for some blush style wines, which certainly have their place in the marketplaces of the wine world, true rosé is rapidly gaining momentum around the world as winemakers start producing well-balanced, dry and high quality "pink" wines. Rosé wines are made in a wide variety of styles, from nearly red to the faintest of pink.  Some are as dry as the Sahara, and others have a slight hint of refreshing sweetness, and maybe even a little effervescence.  One thing is for sure, the rosés that are being made today are not your “pink” wines from 20+ years ago.

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Porterhouse Steak with Green Peppercorn Jus

by Monica Bennion on April 01, 2017

Searing the steak in a hot cast-iron skillet prior to roasting will give this tender and juicy cut of meat a nice thin crust.  The green peppercorn jus with heavy cream, Cognac and brined peppercorns is the ideal sauce to serve with the steak.  Pair this robust and flavorful meal with any vintage of our Jana Cathedral, Cabernet Sauvignon.

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It's All About the Birds and the Bees - Integrated Pest Management

by Monica Bennion on April 01, 2017

After a long, wet winter, we are incredibly excited to welcome spring.  The hills and fields are lush and green, the vineyards are (or will soon be) freshly pruned, the chirps and tweets of birds fill the air and the bees are buzzing about through the blanket of wildflowers that spread throughout Northern California.  April is nothing less than beautiful in our neck of the woods.

As the buds on the vines start popping up, grape growers and vineyard managers are busy preparing for the next six to seven months of full-time vineyard babysitting.  Factors such as weather, insects, rodents and birds will all need to be closely monitored and managed to help the vines survive, thrive and produce high quality grapes that will be harvested in late summer and early fall.

This begs the question, “Are insects and birds harmful to the vineyards?”  The simple answer is yes and no.  So just which insects and birds are harmful and which are beneficial?  What are growers and managers using and doing to manage harmful insects and birds without using as many toxic pesticides and rodenticides?  Let’s take a closer look at just a few harmful pests and their eco-friendly counterparts.

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What Are Those Pretty Plants In The Vineyard? Mustard In The Vineyards

by Monica Bennion on February 15, 2017

As winter winds down and signs of spring start to pop up, one of our favorite things to see in the Napa Valley is the burst of yellow that blooms throughout and blankets the vineyards.  While these pretty plants are pleasing to the eye, their purpose goes beyond aesthetics.  But just what are those beautiful blossoms that seem to pop up overnight?  Mustard plants!  Probably not the eloquent name you were expecting for such an eye-catching and beneficial plant, but that’s exactly what it is.  While it may not qualify for one of the Seven Wonders of the World, it’s a true wonder in wine country not to be missed.

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With So Many Riesling Styles, Find the One You Love!

June 04, 2017

If there is one wine that is often misunderstood, it is Riesling. With the wide variety of Riesling styles, ranging from very dry to extremely sweet, it can be difficult to decipher which one will suit your taste. In this article, we will discuss the different styles of Riesling, specifically the German styles, and...

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Brunch for the Bunch - Brioche with Prosciutto, Gruyere and Fried Eggs

May 06, 2017

Brunch done right!  This recipe, courtesy of Food & Wine, makes six generous servings.  So gather the group for a hearty helping of buttery brioche topped with a seasoned frisée salad, thinly sliced prosciutto, creamy Gruyère and fried eggs.  This crowd-pleasing meal pairs perfectly with our dry and crisp Jana...

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Rethink Pink! The Blossoming of Rosé

May 06, 2017

You can't always judge a wine by its color.  For more than 20 years, rosé wines have received a bad rap, and even the well-made ones have unfortunately been lumped in the same category as blush and "pink" wines simply because of their color.  The stereotype is that "pink" wine is a mass-produced, overly sweet and...

Read the full article →

Porterhouse Steak with Green Peppercorn Jus

April 01, 2017

Searing the steak in a hot cast-iron skillet prior to roasting will give this tender and juicy cut of meat a nice thin crust.  The green peppercorn jus with heavy cream, Cognac and brined peppercorns is the ideal sauce to serve with the steak.  Pair this robust and flavorful meal with any vintage of our Jana...

Read the full article →

It's All About the Birds and the Bees - Integrated Pest Management

April 01, 2017

After a long, wet winter, we are incredibly excited to welcome spring.  The hills and fields are lush and green, the vineyards are (or will soon be) freshly pruned, the chirps and tweets of birds fill the air and the bees are buzzing about through the blanket of wildflowers that spread throughout Northern...

Read the full article →

What Are Those Pretty Plants In The Vineyard? Mustard In The Vineyards

February 15, 2017

As winter winds down and signs of spring start to pop up, one of our favorite things to see in the Napa Valley is the burst of yellow that blooms throughout and blankets the vineyards.  While these pretty plants are pleasing to the eye, their purpose goes beyond aesthetics.  But just what are those beautiful...

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Kiss This! Lustfully Delicious Wines Perfect for Valentine's Day!

February 02, 2017

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Beer vs. Wine - Why Choose When You Can Have Both!

January 02, 2017

It's that time again!  Time for our next "Beer vs. Wine" Dinner on January 12, 2017!  If you missed the sold out event last year, NOW is the time to get your tickets to this one-of-a-kind dinner event.  The 2017 "Beer vs. Wine" Dinner event will be held at the Volcano Union Pub + Inn in historic downtown Volcano,...

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Winter Wines to Warm Your Spirit - From Our Friends at Fix.com

November 21, 2016

Our friends at Fix.com shared with us this great piece about winter wines that will warm you up from head to toe!  Add a little holiday spirit to your family gatherings, company parties or cozy nights by the fireplace with some of these perfect cold weather wines.  Cheers!Source: Fix.com Blog

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Halloween Costume and Wine Pairing Ideas

October 23, 2016

Halloween is just around the corner...and wine and Halloween candy pairing is so 2015.  This year we have mustered up the "courage" to pair Halloween costumes with wine!  Check out these six classic costumes paired with your favorite Scott Harvey wines! 

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Halloween Candy and Wine Pairing Ideas - Plus Scary Movies to Match

October 23, 2016

We've taken the Halloween candy and wine pairing to the next level and added a scary movie to match!

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Venezuelan Asado Negro with Roasted Vegetables and Fried Plantains

October 07, 2016

Taste tested and overwhelmingly approved.  This spicy Venezuelan steak with plantains and roasted vegetables recipe is restaurant quality and easily prepared in your own kitchen!  This versatile and flavorful meal pairs well with a variety of wines including Zinfandel, Barbera and Syrah

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My How You Have Grown ~ A Look at the Growth of the Wine Industry

October 06, 2016

As we wind down the 2016 harvest (Scott’s 43rd bounty), let’s take a moment to reflect on just how far the California wine industry has come.  By Proclamation of the Governor of California, September 2016 marked the 12th year that we have celebrated “California Wine Month”, and rightfully so!  The wine industry as...

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Reaping the Rewards of Hard Work at Harvest

September 06, 2016

I was woken up this morning to the sounds of the tractor in the vineyard and the smell of moist soil after last night’s thunderstorm.  I couldn’t help but be excited as it felt like a harvest morning.  Harvest in Amador County is this special time of year when we get to create the newest vintage.  We watch the...

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Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Recipe ~ Spicy Carolina Style

August 08, 2016

This flavorful and satisfying slow cooker pulled pork recipe is sure to please the entire family.  Simple ingredients combined in the crock pot will be ready and waiting for you when you get home from a long day.  This spicy pulled pork will pair well with our full-bodied and easy going Mountain Selection Syrah.

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