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Tips & Tricks for Hosting a Wine Judging Party

by Monica Bennion on July 05, 2016

Summer is officially here, and that means it is time for the California State Fair. It’s time to enjoy rides on the Farris Wheel and Tilt-a-Whirl, celebrate the 4H and FFA competitions and awards, and of course nibble on corn dogs, giant pretzels and deep-fried everything. The California State Fair is also home to the oldest (beginning in 1855), and maybe most influential, California wines competition in Northern America. According to industry leaders, it is the most meaningful of the major competitions restricted to California wines. The judges at the California State Fair Wine Competition come from a variety of backgrounds including wine educators, wine makers, wine journalists, retailers and wholesalers and members of the restaurant community. Now, although not everyone can secure a place on the panel, who’s to say you can’t hold your own wine judging competition at home? In this blog, we will give tips and tricks for hosting a wine judging party.

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Barbera...Amador's Shining Star

by Monica Bennion on June 12, 2016

In Amador County, June is dedicated to all things Barbera. Wineries and tasting rooms throughout the county showcase this Italian variety all month long with barrel, vertical and library tastings, and often times serve appetizers and small bites that bring out Barbera's unique characteristics.

On June 11, 2016, the 6th Annual Barbera Festival was held at Terra d'Oro/Montevina, highlighting Barbera from more than 80 wineries from all over California.  This annual event benefits the Amador Community Foundation, which then distributes needed funds to local charitable causes.  To date, the Barbera Festival has raised over $85,000 for the work of the Foundation in our community.

As a Scott Harvey Wines fan, there’s no doubt that you and your family and friends have enjoyed Scott’s award winning Amador County Barbera for years. But what is it about this spectacular and still unheard of variety that has everyone hooked at first sip? In this blog we outline a brief history of Barbera and discuss some of the nuances that make Barbera the shining star of Amador County.

 

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Wine Diamonds - Crystals in Your Wine

by Monica Bennion on November 08, 2015

Welcome to our second blog celebrating all things Zinfandel in November.  November 18th marks National Zinfandel Day, and if you are looking for a way to honor this 5th annual tribute to America's Heritage Grape, might we suggest digging out a bottle of any 2007 Scott Harvey Zinfandels and mine some wine diamonds of your own.  What are wine diamonds you ask?  Read on to discover just how truly special these grainy bits of sediment really are.

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California Zinfandel - History in a Bottle

by Monica Bennion on November 01, 2015

If you've been drinking Scott Harvey Wines for any amount of time, you know that Scott makes five masterfully crafted Zinfandels from grapes that come from Amador County and the Napa Valley.  But why so many Zinfandels in our portfolio?  Well, Zinfandel is "California's Grape", and Scott likes to make wines that proudly represent this classic California variety.  With historical data going back to the mid-1800's, we have proof that Zinfandel was planted in California around the same time that the settlers flocked west for the Gold Rush.  I guess you could call Zinfandel "California's Liquid Gold". 

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Harvest Report 2015 - Celebrating California Wine Month

by Monica Bennion on September 18, 2015

Raise a glass and join us in celebrating California Wine Month!  As a tribute to the wine grape harvest season and the flourishing multi-billion dollar wine-industry, 2015 marks the eleventh year that September has been proclaimed California Wine Month (read the 2015 Proclamation signed by Governor Jerry Brown on August 14, 2015).   In this blog we feature some interesting facts about California's wines, its regions and the economic effect of the industry.

Since we won’t have any firm stats from the harvest of 2015 until later next year, we thought it would be fun to see how things looked in 2014 and also provide some comparisons from the last few years.  Numbers and statistics are provided by the Wine Institute.

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Grape Stomping from 6000 BC to Harvest of 2015

by Jana on September 10, 2015

Those of us who are Baby Boomers have etched in our memories the image of Lucy and Ethel stomping grapes in large wooden vats.  For many of us, it's the epitome of winemaking.  But the history of grape stomping dates back to 6000 BC.  Making wine from grapes is an age old tradition; from harvesting wine grapes, to stomping and crushing them, to fermenting and aging in barrels and then bottling and drinking.

This year, our Scott Harvey Grape Stomp will be at our new winery in the Shenandoah Valley in Amador County.  The competitors will get down and dirty for the title of Grand Stompers.  Forty competitors will vie for the title and most will look a bit like Lucy and Ethel – their faces, arms, feet and legs will be spattered with bright red grape juice.  Scott has the brilliant idea to use alicante bouschet–one of the few varietals that run red juice. This makes for dramatic effects for the stompers. 

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Tips & Tricks for Hosting a Wine Judging Party

July 05, 2016

Summer is officially here, and that means it is time for the California State Fair. It’s time to enjoy rides on the Farris Wheel and Tilt-a-Whirl, celebrate the 4H and FFA competitions and awards, and of course nibble on corn dogs, giant pretzels and deep-fried everything. The California State Fair is also home to...

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Barbera...Amador's Shining Star

June 12, 2016

In Amador County, June is dedicated to all things Barbera. Wineries and tasting rooms throughout the county showcase this Italian variety all month long with barrel, vertical and library tastings, and often times serve appetizers and small bites that bring out Barbera's unique characteristics.

On June 11, 2016, the...

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Wine Diamonds - Crystals in Your Wine

November 08, 2015

Welcome to our second blog celebrating all things Zinfandel in November.  November 18th marks National Zinfandel Day, and if you are looking for a way to honor this 5th annual tribute to America's Heritage Grape, might we suggest digging out a bottle of any 2007 Scott Harvey Zinfandels and mine some wine diamonds...

Read the full article →

California Zinfandel - History in a Bottle

November 01, 2015

If you've been drinking Scott Harvey Wines for any amount of time, you know that Scott makes five masterfully crafted Zinfandels from grapes that come from Amador County and the Napa Valley.  But why so many Zinfandels in our portfolio?  Well, Zinfandel is "California's Grape", and Scott likes to make wines that...

Read the full article →

Harvest Report 2015 - Celebrating California Wine Month

September 18, 2015

Raise a glass and join us in celebrating California Wine Month!  As a tribute to the wine grape harvest season and the flourishing multi-billion dollar wine-industry, 2015 marks the eleventh year that September has been proclaimed California Wine Month (read the 2015 Proclamation signed by Governor Jerry Brown on...

Read the full article →

Grape Stomping from 6000 BC to Harvest of 2015

September 10, 2015

Those of us who are Baby Boomers have etched in our memories the image of Lucy and Ethel stomping grapes in large wooden vats.  For many of us, it's the epitome of winemaking.  But the history of grape stomping dates back to 6000 BC.  Making wine from grapes is an age old tradition; from harvesting wine grapes, to...

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Harvest 2015: Bottling right into Grape Harvest in Amador

September 07, 2015

I have never started the Amador harvest this early. We started sparkling wine production in Napa on August 11, which is also a first. I scheduled to bottle 5,800 cases of wine at the new winery in Amador County the last week of August thinking I would have plenty of time to switch the winery over from bottling mode...

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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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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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Barbera...the Rising Star

June 15, 2015

As a Scott Harvey Wines fan, there’s no doubt that you and your family and friends have enjoyed a glass or two (ok, maybe more like a couple of cases) of Scott’s award winning Amador County Barbera. But what is it about this spectacular and still unheard of variety that has everyone hooked at first sip? In this...

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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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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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Enjoying a special treat from Cleveland, Ohio in Napa Valley

February 15, 2013

After 30+ years, there are still a few things I long for from growing up in Cleveland, Ohio-- and Lake Erie perch is one of them. One of my fondest memories is of my father bringing home his catch after a day fishing on the lake. Unfortunately, my mother didn't share my excitement as she was the one who had to...

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Scott Harvey Wines Annual Grape Stomp - A Photo Blog

October 07, 2012

The much anticipated Scott Harvey Wines Grape Stomp 2012 is one for the history books! Here's a photolog of the fun, the splash, and the results. Grape Stompers arrive with their kids and dogs in tow, anticipating the annual Amador County Scott Harvey Wine Club’s Grape Stomp Competition. Greeting them is Wine...

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