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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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