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Spicy Turkey Chili with Quinoa

by Monica Bennion on August 17, 2017

The combination of ground turkey and quinoa cooked with a variety of spices and vegetables makes this chili recipe a hearty and healthy meal even the kids will love.  With football season upon us, make sure to whip up a double batch for game day!  This spicy turkey chili has hints of coriander, cumin, molasses and brown sugar making this perfect to pair with any of our Old Vine Reserve Zinfandels.

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A-Z Glossary of Unusual Wine Words & Their Meanings

by Monica Bennion on August 17, 2017

As kids and adults around the nation head back to school, we think there is no better time than now to brush up on some of our favorite wine words and terminology.  Our A-Z Glossary of Unusual Wine Words includes some fun and unique definitions of twenty-six select and uncommon wine words, including unfamiliar varieties, amusing wine making terms and wacky tasting descriptions.  Learning and understanding these terms will not only help you expand your knowledge, but they can come in handy to spout off at your next party.

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Smoked Turkey Legs

by Monica Bennion on July 12, 2017

Brining the turkey legs before putting them in the smoker will help to add flavor and keep the legs juicy and tender.  Following the brining, an easy spice blend rub will add just the right amount of seasoning that will stand out when combined with being smoked over charcoal and your choice of wood chips.  These crispy, tender, juicy and flavorful turkey legs will pair well with any of our bold and spicy Amador county red wines.

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6 Fair Food Favorites and their Perfect Wine Pairings

by Monica Bennion on July 12, 2017

July is a “fair” time to be in Northern California!  And we’re not referring to the weather, it’s HOT!  July in Northern California means it is state and county fair time.  This year marks the 163rd California State Fair, (50th year at the Cal Expo venue), which runs from July 14th thru July 30th ,2017.  The Amador County Fair, with history as far back as 1887, is always the last weekend in July, and this year runs from July 27th thru July 30th.

Originally, state and county fairs were held for the purpose of exhibition and competition of livestock, produce and other agricultural goods and equipment.  While the agricultural competitions are still the foundation of our state and county fairs, over the years the events and entertainment at fairs have risen to an entirely new level.  Our fairs today have food eating competitions, concerts, rodeos, destruction derbies, carnival rides and games, beer and wine competitions, vendors selling the next best product…and of course there’s the food!  Fried anything, and usually on a stick!

It may be the heat talking or too much time on the Ferris wheel, but we thought it would be fun to pick some of the classic fair fare and pair them with your favorite Scott Harvey and Jana wines.  Since taking your own wine to the fair is likely frowned upon, we’ve included links to recipes so you can easily replicate these delightful fair treats in your own kitchen.  Let’s nosh!

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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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Spicy Turkey Chili with Quinoa

August 17, 2017

The combination of ground turkey and quinoa cooked with a variety of spices and vegetables makes this chili recipe a hearty and healthy meal even the kids will love.  With football season upon us, make sure to whip up a double batch for game day!  This spicy turkey chili has hints of coriander, cumin, molasses and...

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A-Z Glossary of Unusual Wine Words & Their Meanings

August 17, 2017

As kids and adults around the nation head back to school, we think there is no better time than now to brush up on some of our favorite wine words and terminology.  Our A-Z Glossary of Unusual Wine Words includes some fun and unique definitions of twenty-six select and uncommon wine words, including unfamiliar...

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Smoked Turkey Legs

July 12, 2017

Brining the turkey legs before putting them in the smoker will help to add flavor and keep the legs juicy and tender.  Following the brining, an easy spice blend rub will add just the right amount of seasoning that will stand out when combined with being smoked over charcoal and your choice of wood chips.  These...

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6 Fair Food Favorites and their Perfect Wine Pairings

July 12, 2017

July is a “fair” time to be in Northern California!  And we’re not referring to the weather, it’s HOT!  July in Northern California means it is state and county fair time.  This year marks the 163rd California State Fair, (50th year at the Cal Expo venue), which runs from July 14th thru July 30th ,2017.  The Amador...

Read the full article →

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...

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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...

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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...

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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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