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

by Jana on February 02, 2017

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

by Monica Bennion on 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, CA.  The team at Volcano Union Pub + Inn has magically and masterfully crafted a menu to compliment wines produced by Scott Harvey and beers from Cool Beerworks out of Cool, CA.  Seating is limited...Don't miss this once-a-year event!

Our assistant Tasting Room Manager, Nicole, has written a wonderful blog describing the experience from our first "Beer vs. Wine" Dinner in 2016.  She shares with us how this idea was born all the way through the dinner event itself.

 

2017 BEER VS. WINE DINNER
Thursday, January 12, 2017 ~ 6 PM
Volcano Union Inn + Pub
$60/person
(Price includes beer, wine, dinner, tax and service charge)

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"As Scott addressed the room full of people that had joined us for our sold out Beer VS Wine dinner at the Volcano Union Inn + Pub, I found myself taking a moment to reflect on how we got here to the magical end of this wonderful and challenging journey.  It must first be known that I have been in the industry for six years.  I have been a part of my fair share of Winemaker’s Dinners and have hosted my fair share of Beer Pairing Dinners.  The idea came to me one day while enjoying a pint after work at Sutter Creek Provisions in historic downtown Sutter Creek, CA.  I started to talk with Darin, proprietor at Sutter Creek Provisions, about the idea of a beer and wine pairing dinner and he mentioned that he had done one in the past with great success so I thought “This is PERFECT for us.”  We all know that it takes “a lot of good beer to make wine” and that every winemaker (at least all the ones I have met) loves their beer thirty during harvest so why not combine the two things we adore into one must attend dinner.

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

by Jana on 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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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...

Read the full article →

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

February 02, 2017

 GET MORE GREAT CONTENT LIKE THIS WHEN YOU SUBSCRIBE TO OUR MAILING LIST SIGN UP HERE!

 

RELATED POSTSAphrodisiacs - 10 Essential Ingredients for a Romantic Valentine's Day

Recipe - Double Kisses Truffles

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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,...

Read the full article →

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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From the Vineyard to Your Glass - A Look at Careers in the Wine Industry

August 08, 2016

We’ve all had it, that daydream that comes while sipping a glass of good wine on the patio at sunset.  It starts off by selling everything you own to buy a small piece of prime property to plant grapevines, from which you will harvest juicy grapes to smash, ferment and bottle into delicious wine to be enjoyed by...

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2016 California State Fair Vineyard of the Year...What an Honor!

July 20, 2016

Each year, the California State Fair recognizes accomplishments and services of key individuals and organizations as they pertain to agriculture and technology.  In 2016, a vineyard that has been a part of making California history for nearly 150 years was awarded the prestigious “Vineyard of the Year” honor.  That...

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By Air, Sea or Land - Keep Your Wine Cool During Summer Travel

July 07, 2016

Summer is in full swing and that means hittin’ the road for day trips and vacations.  Whether you’re travelling by air, car, camper, or on foot, we’re pretty sure you’ll be taking along, or picking up, some great wines!

No matter your vacation or staycation style, our tips for keeping your wine cool during summer...

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