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Family Winemakers: Enhancing the Enjoyment of Wine

by Scott Harvey on March 05, 2013

Jana and I had been in the wine industry for many years when we started our own family wine company 10 years ago. We are excited about the Jana and Scott Harvey wines we have developed along with our California blends of One Last Kiss and InZinerator. It has been--and still is--an enjoyable journey.

We have developed many friends along the way. They tend to be people who like wines that can be produced by a family company such as ours. As a Family Winemaker, we can express our passion much better in the wines we make. Our limited production makes it possible for our principles to be more defined and uncompromising.

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A Day in the Life of a Winemaker During Harvest

by Scott Harvey on October 11, 2012

It's all about juggling. I'll have at any one time 30 to 40 fermentations going. Yesterday started out with me getting Bill ready to go to the warehouse in Napa to pick up wine for our shipping area located in the basement of our house in St. Helena. Once he was off, I had some time to spend on finishing last month's federal excise tax forms. We have to file federal excise taxes (Form 702) every month. I worked on that until about 1:00pm when my nephews friends from Denmark showed up. While I was enjoying a glass of Riesling with them, Bill showed up with 177 cases of wine to be unloaded. I enlisted the help of the young folks from Denmark and we unloaded the wine into the cellar, paying them each for their help with a bottle of wine.

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Harvest from the Perspective of Winemaker's Wife and Marketing Director

by Jana on October 10, 2012

Every year at harvest time, since we started our company eight years ago, I get this overwhelming feeling as I watch my husband, Scott, working his heart out--15 to 18 hour days, bringing in grapes. All I can think is "How are we ever going to sell all this wine?!" Yet, year after year, after Scott has transformed the grapes into wine, we get such wonderful, heart-warming responses from reviewers and customers alike. And lucky us, every year, we find ourselves sold out of wine!

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2012 California Wine Month

by Monica Bennion on September 18, 2012

On July 31, 2012, Governor Jerry Brown signed a Proclamation by the Governor of the State of California declaring September as California Wine Month. This marks the 8th consecutive year, by proclamation, that California celebrates the booming wine industry, although California has been growing grapes and making wines since the 18th century, if not earlier. The California wine industry, from agriculture to wineries, consists primarily of small family owned and operated businesses. These businesses, in 2011, generated $19.9 billion dollars in retail sales and brought in over 20.7 million tourists.

The harvest is well underway here in California, and according to Scott, it is going to be a “normal” year, which possibly means quantity and quality. (Read more on Scott’s initial thoughts for the 2012 Harvest)

Although we will not have the numbers for 2012 until early next year, we thought we would take a look back at the last two “abnormal” years (2010 & 2011) and see how they compare. Both years were cool and wet, with long-lasting winters, late frost and early rains. However, if you look at the numbers, you can see that even with a decrease in the harvest in 2011, the sales and exports continued to grow.

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More Than Just A Pretty Label

by Monica Bennion on August 06, 2012

What is the first thing that catches your eye when making a decision on buying a wine? Overwhelmingly, the answer is "the label". Some labels are fun and fanciful with catchy names and quirky pictures, while others are more refined and classic, with elegant fonts and an air of sophistication.

With tens of thousands of wine labels in the marketplace, they all have one thing in common; they are regulated by the government. The label on a wine bottle is full of legal and government requirements as mandated by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB). These requirements have been established to protect the consumer and to give them more information when choosing a wine. There are a few mandatory words or statements that must be on every bottle, while other words or statements are added at the discretion of the winery.

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California Wines On Their Way To Africa For The First Time

by Connie on May 28, 2012

Africa?, you say. You might be surprised to know that Africa has eight countries with a higher GDP per capita than China and 15 higher than India. With its burgeoning middle class, Africa offers vast potential. It was noted by an April A.P. news report that seven of the top ten fastest growing economies in the world are countries in Africa. Nairobi, Kenya is at the center of the action and has become one of the most important economic and political centers in Africa. The third largest UN facility in the world is in Nairobi as are every international organization.

Some of the areas where Scott Harvey Wines is exporting in Africa

Scott Harvey Wines has increased their international presence in the worldwide marketplace with a recent sales trip to Eastern Central Africa by CWC (Creative Wine Concepts--our corporate name) shareholders Connie and Bill Schlelein. Six of Scott's wines were introduced into Kenya and Tanzania in April 2012.Vineyard 1869, Scott Harvey Mountain Selection Zinfandel, Red and White blends of One Last Kiss, and two dessert wines, Forte and Angel Eis.

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Family Winemakers: Enhancing the Enjoyment of Wine

March 05, 2013

Jana and I had been in the wine industry for many years when we started our own family wine company 10 years ago. We are excited about the Jana and Scott Harvey wines we have developed along with our California blends of One Last Kiss and InZinerator. It has been--and still is--an enjoyable journey.

We have developed...

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A Day in the Life of a Winemaker During Harvest

October 11, 2012

It's all about juggling. I'll have at any one time 30 to 40 fermentations going. Yesterday started out with me getting Bill ready to go to the warehouse in Napa to pick up wine for our shipping area located in the basement of our house in St. Helena. Once he was off, I had some time to spend on finishing last...

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Harvest from the Perspective of Winemaker's Wife and Marketing Director

October 10, 2012

Every year at harvest time, since we started our company eight years ago, I get this overwhelming feeling as I watch my husband, Scott, working his heart out--15 to 18 hour days, bringing in grapes. All I can think is "How are we ever going to sell all this wine?!" Yet, year after year, after Scott has transformed...

Read the full article →

2012 California Wine Month

September 18, 2012

On July 31, 2012, Governor Jerry Brown signed a Proclamation by the Governor of the State of California declaring September as California Wine Month. This marks the 8th consecutive year, by proclamation, that California celebrates the booming wine industry, although California has been growing grapes and making...

Read the full article →

More Than Just A Pretty Label

August 06, 2012

What is the first thing that catches your eye when making a decision on buying a wine? Overwhelmingly, the answer is "the label". Some labels are fun and fanciful with catchy names and quirky pictures, while others are more refined and classic, with elegant fonts and an air of sophistication.

With tens of thousands...

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California Wines On Their Way To Africa For The First Time

May 28, 2012

Africa?, you say. You might be surprised to know that Africa has eight countries with a higher GDP per capita than China and 15 higher than India. With its burgeoning middle class, Africa offers vast potential. It was noted by an April A.P. news report that seven of the top ten fastest growing economies in the...

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Share the Harvest Bounty!

October 14, 2011

As we head into the holidays, we are reminded of how difficult this year has been for many in need. There is no better time than now to help our neighbors and community with a heart-felt donation of food. Join us in supporting the Interfaith Food Bank during the holdiay season. For further information, please...

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2011 Harvest Report

October 11, 2011

One thing is for sure, the 2011 harvest will be one to remember. With the wine regions of the world all experiencing completely atypical weather patterns from high heat to no heat, too much rain to no rain, what can we expect from the 2011 vintage? This blog features some early harvest reports from the major wine...

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Thoughts on 2011 Harvest

September 15, 2011

As we begin the harvest season. I think we are in for a roller coaster ride with the upcoming 2011 harvest. Due to a cold and wet spring and flowering period, many of the vineyards are about four weeks behind normal, and Mother Nature has played some very unusual cards that has made for a very unusual year.

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Oceania Cruise to the Mediterranean with ZAP

May 10, 2011
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Password Retrieval

May 06, 2011

During our recent website migration, your member password has been reset to a customized default password to protect your information. To retrieve your default password, please follow the instructions below. Once you have successfully logged in, we encourage you to reset your password and to verify the billing...

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Winery economics

August 15, 2009

We are often asked how a standard winery business plan works.  As with so many things these days it is changing as our style of marketing changes.  In the past we depended on and sold most of our wine through distributors in what is known as the three tiersystem.  We produce wine, it is sold to a distributor who sells...

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Annual Shareholder Meeting for a Small Business

July 11, 2009

In California if you're a C Corp,  it's mandatory to hold a once a year shareholder meeting.  This is always a stressful time for us even though (in an earlier post) we mentioned how fortunate we are to have such a great group of shareholders. 

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