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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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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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Halloween Candy and Wine Pairing Ideas - Plus Scary Movies to Match

by Monica Bennion on 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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Scott Harvey Wines Gets Cooking with Fox40 News

by Monica Bennion on December 24, 2015

Watch Scott's special appearance on our local Sacramento news station, Fox 40, as he and host Paul Robbins get cooking!  Watch as they whip up some delicious Cauliflower Chorizo Soup, perfect to pair with our Amador County Old Vine Reserve Zinfandel.  Better yet, download the recipe and make some for yourself!

 

DOWNLOAD THE RECIPE FOR CAULIFLOWER CHORIZO SOUP

 

BLOG:  More Reasons to Love California Zinfandel

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2015 Harvest Report - Harvest Widow: The Life of the Winemaker's Wife During Harvest

by Jana on September 04, 2015

As my husband, Scott Harvey, embarks on his 42nd harvest, I prepare myself for not seeing much of him for the next six weeks or so. Of course, this year could be much quicker with an early short harvest. Better for me but not better for Scott. With all the grapes coming in at the same time, it can get quite chaotic. This will be the 19th harvest I've been through with him, and it never seems to get much easier. This year can be the most difficult of all! We have moved our production to Amador County so I might only see Scott one, maybe two days a week, if I'm lucky since we still call Napa Valley our home base. Being a winemaker's wife has its challenges.

To get an idea of what a winemaker's life is like in a few minutes, view this short video.

 

 

After 42 years, Scott has never seen grapes in Amador County this ripe on September 1st. Harvest 2015 has been most unusual. On September 2nd, he has already crushed two of our Zinfandel vineyards; the Bowman vineyard and the Norton vineyard. The latter once belonging to Scott's grandfather, George DeMille.

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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...

Read the full article →

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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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!

Read the full article →

Scott Harvey Wines Gets Cooking with Fox40 News

December 24, 2015

Watch Scott's special appearance on our local Sacramento news station, Fox 40, as he and host Paul Robbins get cooking!  Watch as they whip up some delicious Cauliflower Chorizo Soup, perfect to pair with our Amador County Old Vine Reserve Zinfandel.  Better yet, download the recipe and make some for yourself!

 

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2015 Harvest Report - Harvest Widow: The Life of the Winemaker's Wife During Harvest

September 04, 2015

As my husband, Scott Harvey, embarks on his 42nd harvest, I prepare myself for not seeing much of him for the next six weeks or so. Of course, this year could be much quicker with an early short harvest. Better for me but not better for Scott. With all the grapes coming in at the same time, it can get quite...

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Tips for Hosting a Food and Wine Pairing Party

August 09, 2015

Drink Your Wine - Week #5 Host a Wine & Food Pairing Party

Last week you impressed your guests and hosted your very own fancy Dinner Party. This week, relax a little and have your guests do the pairing by fixing something to pair with one of your wines. Fire up some healthy and fun competition by hosting a Wine...

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Tips for Hosting a Dinner Party

August 02, 2015

DRINK YOUR WINE – WEEK 4 Tips for Hosting a Dinner Party

Now that you’ve had a blast with your Blind Tasting Party, spent some quality time with your sweetheart on Date Night and dusted off and organized the bottles from your Cellar Cleaning, it’s time show off your skills in the kitchen, and the wines from your...

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Drink Your Wine - Week 2

July 19, 2015

Welcome to Week 2 of our 8-week "Drink Your Wine" Campaign! Last week we featured how to host a blind tasting party. If you missed Week 1, don't worry, we're keeping a list that you can find any time.

DRINK YOUR WINE WEEK 2 Date Night

So, you've just hosted your own Blind Wine Tasting Party (Week 1), now it's time...

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How to Host a Blind Tasting Party

July 12, 2015

We all have them...those dusty bottles at the back of the cellar, the bottles hiding at the back of the cooler and those buried in the back of the unused closet. We buy and store them with the intention of opening them for that milestone birthday, that special anniversary or the perfect celebration. Birthdays and...

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Mini Kale & Mushroom Calzones with Smoked Mozzarella

February 22, 2015

A delightful vegetarian appetizer to pair perfectly with our Mountain Selection Barbera.

INGREDIENTS 3 tablespoons unsalted butter 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing 3/4 pound mixed oyster and cremini mushrooms, cut into 1/4-inch pieces Kosher salt Pepper One 3/4-pound bunch curly kale,...

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Napa Valley Winemaker Scott Harvey Announces 3 New Thanksgiving Wines

November 14, 2013
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Top Steak Wine and Best Cabernet Sauvignon: Gayot Awards Napa Valley Winemaker Scott Harvey with Highest Honors

September 12, 2013

Saint Helena, CA (PRWEB)

Gayot, the highly-respected, 44 year old “Guide to the Good Life,” has given two of its top awards to Scott Harvey Jana Cathedral: Top Steak Wine and Best Cabernet Sauvignon. In their September 2013 feature, “Best Wines for Pairing with a Steak”, the Cabernet Sauvignon received the highest...

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As Lower Alcohol Wines Gain Popularity, Napa Valley Winemaker Scott Harvey Leads the Way

June 14, 2013

Latest awards for Scott Harvey Wines confirm that lower alcohol wine appeals to wine enthusiasts and judges. According to Napa Valley winemaker, Scott Harvey, balance is the key to winemaking.

Saint Helena, CA (PRWEB)

Lower alcohol wine represents Napa Valley Winemaker Scott Harvey’s commitment to making wine that...

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Winemaker's Dilemma - When to bottle wine

May 04, 2013

A wine maker is always being pulled in more than one direction when making the decision on when to bottle a wine. Of course, the winemaker never wants to bottle until the wine is ready. Put often there are other forces at play pushing us to bottle early.

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