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Amador County Wine...California's Second Gold Rush

by Monica Bennion on March 10, 2018

Let’s play a little word association game.  I’ll give you a word or phrase; you tell me what first comes to mind:
 
(1)    California's Wine Country
(2)    Gold Medal Winning California Wines
(3)    Old Vine Zinfandels
(4)    Barbera
 
Now, let us give the conventional answers:
 
(1)    Napa Valley
(2)    Again…Napa Valley
(3)    Jammy fruit bombs that are high in alcohol
(4)    That’s not how you spell Barbara…and what does she have to do with wine? 

For those of us who live in California or are familiar with California wines, we know that good wines come from the upper North Coast all the way down to the Southern California border, and everywhere in between.

California is home to some of the best wines in the world, and is only surpassed in production (not necessarily quality) by Italy, France and Spain.  While Napa Valley may have solidified its claim to fame at The Judgement of Paris in 1973, there are a vast number of wine regions in California that have been producing award winning wines for decades; many still unknown or thought to be insignificant in the world of wine.

For those who enjoy Scott Harvey Wines, you already know better.  Some of the best wine in the world comes from the fifth smallest county (in terms of square miles) in California; Amador County.  Within the 600 square miles that makes up Amador County, about 4,000 acres (less than 1%) consists of wine grapes.  But the grapes grown within that 1% produce some of the best wines in California, if not the world.

 

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Stress Free Holiday Shopping Gift Guide

by Scott Harvey Wines on December 07, 2017

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We Let the Dogs Out at Tickle My Belly Day

by Scott Harvey Wines on November 15, 2017

"Tickle My Belly Day" all started when our wine club manager, Monica, had one her famous "shower" ideas.  What's a "shower" idea you ask?  A great idea you have in the shower and hope you remember it by the time you get out!  Her thought..."We have a wine called Tickle Me Pink and dogs like to have their bellies tickled...how can we combine the two...and maybe benefit the animals?"  We don't even want to know what else goes on in her head, but we love her anyway.  Being that she is a big animal lover and advocate, as well as a wine lover, the idea for
"Tickle My Belly Day" was born, and boy did it take off!

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Tips & Tricks to Keep Pets Safe Over the Holidays

by Monica Bennion on November 14, 2017

With the holidays rapidly approaching, we’re gearing up for all the fun and festivities of the season.  This includes decking the halls, baking up our favorite sweet treats, wrapping up gifts and having friends and family over.  If you’re a pet parent like me, your furry kids probably have their own stockings, get new toys and treats, and may even get their picture taken with Santa Paws.  Including pets at the holidays adds to the joy and spirit season.  Emergency vet visits, not so much.  Our list of Holiday Safety Tips for Pets will help keep them safe and comfortable this holiday season.

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Mushroom & Smoked Gouda Flatbread with Kale & Apple Salad

by Monica Bennion on October 10, 2017

Thinly rolled pizza dough topped with two kinds of mushrooms and sauteed onions and spices and smoked gouda cheese make this an ideal meal for those cool fall nights.  The apple and kale salad with a honey vinaigrette is a light and flavorful side dish.  We recommend enjoying a our 2016 Jana Winery Old Vine Riesling from Mendocino County.  Its mouth-watering acidity and lush flavors of apple, pear and watercress, pair perfectly with the flatbread and the salad.

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Celebrating California Wine Month - September 2017

by Monica Bennion on September 05, 2017

September is "California Wine Month"!  And each year, for the last 13 years, the incumbent governor has signed a proclamation describing the deep and rich history of wine in California, and how the industry as a whole, shapes the California, national and international economies.  (Read the 2017 Proclamation here) 

Two years ago we published a blog post celebrating California Wine Month and included some industry statistics and facts through 2014.  These numbers focused on domestic and worldwide economics, domestic consumption by population and variety, and vital viticultural estimates and reports.  We know a lot can change in two years, and we thought it would be fun to revisit some of these facts and figures.  With the 2017 harvest just kicking off, we’ll have to wait a bit to get some of those numbers, but I predict they will be fantastic.  For now, let’s take a look back to 2016 and see just how far how things have changed.

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Amador County Wine...California's Second Gold Rush

March 10, 2018

Let’s play a little word association game.  I’ll give you a word or phrase; you tell me what first comes to mind: (1)    California's Wine Country(2)    Gold Medal Winning California Wines(3)    Old Vine Zinfandels(4)    Barbera Now, let us give the conventional answers: (1)    Napa Valley(2)    Again…Napa Valley...

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Stress Free Holiday Shopping Gift Guide

December 07, 2017

ORDER BY DECEMBER 13th FOR CHRISTMAS DELIVERY

Click on any item in our catalog for quick and easy shopping!

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We Let the Dogs Out at Tickle My Belly Day

November 15, 2017

"Tickle My Belly Day" all started when our wine club manager, Monica, had one her famous "shower" ideas.  What's a "shower" idea you ask?  A great idea you have in the shower and hope you remember it by the time you get out!  Her thought..."We have a wine called Tickle Me Pink and dogs like to have their bellies...

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Tips & Tricks to Keep Pets Safe Over the Holidays

November 14, 2017

With the holidays rapidly approaching, we’re gearing up for all the fun and festivities of the season.  This includes decking the halls, baking up our favorite sweet treats, wrapping up gifts and having friends and family over.  If you’re a pet parent like me, your furry kids probably have their own stockings, get...

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Mushroom & Smoked Gouda Flatbread with Kale & Apple Salad

October 10, 2017

Thinly rolled pizza dough topped with two kinds of mushrooms and sauteed onions and spices and smoked gouda cheese make this an ideal meal for those cool fall nights.  The apple and kale salad with a honey vinaigrette is a light and flavorful side dish.  We recommend enjoying a our 2016 Jana Winery Old Vine...

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Celebrating California Wine Month - September 2017

September 05, 2017

September is "California Wine Month"!  And each year, for the last 13 years, the incumbent governor has signed a proclamation describing the deep and rich history of wine in California, and how the industry as a whole, shapes the California, national and international economies.  (Read the 2017 Proclamation here) 

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Spinach & Mushroom Stromboli with Garlicky Tomato Dipping Sauce

September 04, 2017

Barbera is an Italian variety hailing from the Piedmont region of Italy, and this particular grape variety thrives in the Amador County climate and soil. Barbera is a well-rounded, medium-bodied wine that is love at first sip!  The balanced pH and acidity, along with bright, fresh and bold flavors, make this wine...

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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...

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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...

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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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