2012 Zinfandel- an all time favorite

Our 2012 Zinfandel has been a huge hit with our guests since its release in February of  2015, so much so that we recently re-released it to our Wine Club! Fans love the classic ‘jam and baking spice aromas’ that winemaker Chad Joseph describes in this crowd-pleasing, quintessential Zinfandel. Its lush mouthfeel and smooth structure have only enhanced with time in the bottle. Tori Nunez, our Assistant Wine Club Manager, has loved this wine since day one! “It’s my favorite because of how easy drinking it is! It is always consistent and is my favorite go-to wine for relaxation!” Although Tori enjoys the 2012 Zinfandel best by itself, she will happily pair it with ... Read More...

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Our 2012 Zinfandel has been a huge hit with our guests since its release in February of  2015, so much so that we recently re-released it to our Wine Club! Fans love the classic ‘jam and baking spice aromas’ that winemaker Chad Joseph describes in this crowd-pleasing, quintessential Zinfandel. Its lush mouthfeel and smooth structure have only enhanced with time in the bottle. Tori Nunez, our Assistant Wine Club Manager, has loved this wine since day one!

“It’s my favorite because of how easy drinking it is! It is always consistent and is my favorite go-to wine for relaxation!”

tori zin

Although Tori enjoys the 2012 Zinfandel best by itself, she will happily pair it with BBQ chicken prepped in the crockpot and piled on a fresh bun. Other favorite pairings include Zinfandel and sticky BBQ beef ribs or with honey mustard chicken on a bed of greens. This ultra-approachable Zin can hold up to a variety of foods or, in Tori’s case, with no food at all. Check out our Harney Lane’s Pinterest board ‘Zinfandel Friendly Foods’ for more delicious pairing ideas!

pulled chicken or pork with ZinfandelIn addition to her incredible Zin drinking skills, Tori has been an important part of the Harney Lane family for many years now. Starting part-time as a weekend helper and expert wine pourer, Tori has excelled in her role, becoming our first Assistant Wine Club Manager as a full-time employee. Her passion for customers is evident in her daily interactions and the relationships that she forms with our guests. It’s safe to say that Tori’s personality and sense of humor are unparalleled.

“Harney Lane truly means it when we say that you are ‘part of the family!’” Next time you stop in, visit Tori and enjoy chatting over some 2012 Zinfandel.

Wine Club Members- don’t forget through the end of March, you can receive an additional 10% off of this award winning, delicious wine! Email Tori today to grab your bottles of her favorite!

Skirt Steak Tacos and Petite Sirah

Wine:30 Club Members were treated to an exclusive release of our highly anticipated 2013 Petite Sirah this past weekend at their Pick Up Party. It will be available soon for all customers, but if you simply cannot wait, join the club! Athena whipped up these steak tacos and determined that she has found her new favorite pairing! Complex and concentrated, the spiced, big-fruit characteristics of our 2013  Petite Sirah demand an equally complex culinary partner when served at the dinner table. Recipes in which bold, exotic spices enhance the rich flavors of fish, meat and distinct cheeses create an earthy and perfectly balanced pairing for this lively red wine.  SKIRT STEAK TACOS ... Read More...

Wine:30 Club Members were treated to an exclusive release of our highly anticipated 2013 Petite Sirah this past weekend at their Pick Up Party. It will be available soon for all customers, but if you simply cannot wait, join the club! Athena whipped up these steak tacos and determined that she has found her new favorite pairing!

Complex and concentrated, the spiced, big-fruit characteristics of our 2013  Petite Sirah demand an equally complex culinary partner when served at the dinner table. Recipes in which bold, exotic spices enhance the rich flavors of fish, meat and distinct cheeses create an earthy and perfectly balanced pairing for this lively red wine. 

SKIRT STEAK TACOS WITH HOMEMADE MOLE SAUCE

taco pic

Ingredients

skirt steak
small corn or flour tortillas
8 dried ancho chiles or a mixture of ancho and pasilla
4 cloves garlic
1 large tomato, cored and halved
2 slices bread, toasted and cubed
1 small onion, diced
1 tablespoon fresh oregano leaves (or 1 teaspoon dried)
1 pinch of cloves
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 heaping tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
2 tablespoons vegetable oil

Directions

Marinade skirt steak for at least ½ an hour prior to cooking in your choice of marinade, season with salt and pepper.

Remove the stems, seeds and ribs from the chile peppers. Cover them with boiling water and weight them so they stay underwater. Leave to soak for 30 minutes.

In a hot, dry skillet, cook the garlic cloves and tomato for about 5 minutes, turning a couple of times.

Drain the chiles, reserving the soaking water. In a blender, combine the chiles with the garlic, tomato, bread, onion, oregano, cloves, cinnamon, black pepper, sugar, salt and cocoa power, orange juice and 1/2 cup of the chile soaking water. Purée very thoroughly, adding more liquid as necessary until you have about 3 1/2 cups.

Heat the vegetable oil in a saucepan over a medium flame. Pour in the mole, and simmer for about 30 minutes, lightly covered. The sauce should darken and become more concentrated.

While mole simmers, grill or pan sear skirt steak to desired doneness and slice thinly. Also prep any desired taco toppings; we recommend fresh avocado and sautéed mushrooms with onions.

Taste and adjust the seasonings according to your desired spice, chocolate, chili, salt and acid levels. Aim for a complex, balanced flavor. Also add a little more liquid or simmer a bit longer to get a thicker texture.

Place skirt steak in warm tacos, top with a heaping spoonful of mole sauce and toppings and enjoy!

November Wine Selections

November’s Wine:30 Club Release is just around the corner and we  have worked diligently to give you a delicious variety of wines for you holiday plans!   Cheers! Wine:30 Classic Club 2013 Old Vine Zinfandel- Special “pre-release” to Club members 2013 Chardonnay- Almost Sold Out *Four bottle Members will enjoy 2 each of the above selections Wine:30 Red Only Club 2013 Old Vine Zinfandel, Lizzy James Vineyard- Special “pre-release” to Club members 2012 Petite Sirah- Almost Sold Out *Four bottle Members will enjoy 2 bottles of 2013 Old Vine Zinfandels, 1 bottle of 2012 Petite Sirah & 1 bottle of 2012 Tempranillo Wine:30 Classic Case Members will enjoy 2012 Tempranillo (2 Bottles) 2013 Old Vine Zinfandel, Lizzy James Vineyard (3 bottles) Patriarch’s ... Read More...

November’s Wine:30 Club Release is just around the corner and we  have worked diligently to give you a delicious variety of wines for you holiday plans!   Cheers!

Wine:30 Classic Club

  • 2013 Old Vine Zinfandel- Special “pre-release” to Club members
  • 2013 Chardonnay- Almost Sold Out

*Four bottle Members will enjoy 2 each of the above selections

Wine:30 Red Only Club

  • 2013 Old Vine Zinfandel, Lizzy James Vineyard- Special “pre-release” to Club members
  • 2012 Petite Sirah- Almost Sold Out

*Four bottle Members will enjoy 2 bottles of 2013 Old Vine Zinfandels, 1 bottle of 2012 Petite Sirah & 1 bottle of 2012 Tempranillo

Wine:30 Classic Case Members will enjoy

  • 2012 Tempranillo (2 Bottles)
  • 2013 Old Vine Zinfandel, Lizzy James Vineyard (3 bottles)
  • Patriarch’s Promise, Lot 15 (2 Bottles)
  • 2013 Chardonnay (3 bottles)
  • 2012 Zinfandel (1 bottle)
  • Lizzy James Port (1 bottle)

Wine:30 Red Only Case Members will enjoy:

  • 2012 Tempranillo (3 Bottles)
  • 2013 Old Vine Zinfandel, Lizzy James Vineyard (3 bottles)
  • Patriarch’s Promise, Lot 15 (2 Bottles)
  • 2012 Zinfandel (2 bottle)
  • 2011 Petite Sirah (1 bottle) Special Library Offering
  • Lizzy James Port (1 bottle)

Wine:30 Chillers Club Members will enjoy 2 each of:

  • 2014 Albarino (1 bottle)
  • 2013 Chardonnay (2 bottles)
  • 2014 Chardonnay (1 bottle) Special Pre-release!

Don’t forget that Wine:30 Club members are welcome to customize their order by contacting Brindy@HarneyLane.com by October 30th.   Orders will process on November 4th in preparation for our Wine:30 Pick Up Party November 7th & 8th,  from 11-4pm.  Hope to see you there!

Award Season is upon us…

The 2015 wine competition season is well underway. We are thrilled that our wines are showing so well! We hope that you agree. Most notable is our 2012 Tempranillo. BEST OF CLASS at three different prestigious competitions! These wines are up against some pretty amazing competition. To take BEST OF CLASS is awesome! Right up there is our Estate Zinfandel, also bringing in the same award- BEST OF CLASS and our Chardonnay bringing in a DOUBLE GOLD!! Sunset Magazine International Wine Competition Estate Zinfandel: BEST OF CLASS & GOLD Tempranillo: GOLD Chardonnay: SILVER San Francisco International Wine Competition Tempranillo: BEST OF CLASS & DOUBLE GOLD Lizzy James Old Vine Zinfandel: GOLD Estate Zinfandel: SILVER Albarino: SILVER San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Tempranillo: ... Read More...

The 2015 wine competition season is well underway. We are thrilled that our wines are showing so well! We hope that you agree.

spring btls

Most notable is our 2012 Tempranillo. BEST OF CLASS at three different prestigious competitions! These wines are up against some pretty amazing competition. To take BEST OF CLASS is awesome! Right up there is our Estate Zinfandel, also bringing in the same award- BEST OF CLASS and our Chardonnay bringing in a DOUBLE GOLD!!

Sunset Magazine International Wine Competition

San Francisco International Wine Competition

San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Consumer Wine Awards

American Fine Wine Competition

Orange County Wine Competition

California State Fair Wine Competition

What do you think? Pretty exciting stuff!!