Albarino- not just a summertime sipper

Generally referred to as our go-to warm weather wine (I mean, what’s better than a chilled glass of Albarino while basking poolside? Think scintillating flavors of bright lime, lemon curd and peach blossoms), our Albarino is making a case as an enjoyable wintertime wine as well! In the midst of winter (welcome, we’ve missed you!), we don’t typically grab for the Albarino…however, recently we revisited our current 2014 vintage and noticed that it has evolved beautifully! With some time in the bottle (bottled in March of 2015, released in May of 2015), this wine has softened up with a rounder mouth feel and finish, while maintaining great acidity. All we can ... Read More...

Generally referred to as our go-to warm weather wine (I mean, what’s better than a chilled glass of Albarino while basking poolside? Think scintillating flavors of bright lime, lemon curd and peach blossoms), our Albarino is making a case as an enjoyable wintertime wine as well! In the midst of winter (welcome, we’ve missed you!), we don’t k and c at crabfeed 1typically grab for the Albarino…however, recently we revisited our current 2014 vintage and noticed that it has evolved beautifully! With some time in the bottle (bottled in March of 2015, released in May of 2015), this wine has softened up with a rounder mouth feel and finish, while maintaining great acidity. All we can think about is seafood!

Enter Crab Feed season…this Albarino has the acidity needed to pair beautifully with the sweetness fresh crab offers and as a bonus it’s able to cut through the richness of the undeniable melted butter served up alongside the crab. The minerality that Albarino is oftentimes known for matches nicely with the briny notes in crab.

If you happen to be supporting one of the many Crab Feeds happening this time of year, might we suggest you grab a bottle or two of 2014 Harney Lane Albarino to share at your table and see what everyone thinks! Courtney & Kris had great reviews from their friends!

 

Summer Grilling….from Brindy’s Kitchen

Brindy, Harney Lane’s Wine Club Manager The wonderful weather we have been having this year has inspired me to get outdoors and enjoy evenings around the BBQ with wonderful wine, friends and new seasonal tried and true recipes! The Pepper n’ Spice Chicken is a perfect dish for your  Summer get together. Easy, great served warm or cool and sure to please a crowd! The hint of spice pairs wonderfully with our crisp, fruit-forward 2013 Albarino while also standing up to the more rich and structured 2010 Tempranillo.   Pepper ‘n’ Spice Chicken 4-5 quarter cut chicken thighs (you can also use your refrigerated leftover grilled chicken pieces) 2 T toasted sesame oil Fragrant Asian rub 4 ... Read More...
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Brindy, Harney Lane’s Wine Club Manager

The wonderful weather we have been having this year has inspired me to get outdoors and enjoy evenings around the BBQ with wonderful wine, friends and new seasonal tried and true recipes! The Pepper n’ Spice Chicken is a perfect dish for your  Summer get together. Easy, great served warm or cool and sure to please a crowd! The hint of spice pairs wonderfully with our crisp, fruit-forward 2013 Albarino while also standing up to the more rich and structured 2010 Tempranillo.

 

Pepper ‘n’ Spice Chicken

4-5 quarter cut chicken thighs (you can also use your refrigerated leftover grilled chicken pieces)

2 T toasted sesame oil

Fragrant Asian rub

4 whole star anise

1 t Szechuan peppercorns

1 t fennel seeds

1 cinnamon stick, broken

6 cloves

2 garlic cloves finely chopped (I like to add one or two more)

Grated zest of two unwaxed limes

1 t salt

Pepper ‘n’ spice dipping sauce

6 large red chilis, seeded and chopped

4 garlic cloves, chopped

1 t peeled and grated fresh ginger

1 t sea salt

½ c rice wine vinegar (more if needed)

½ c sugar

Fragrant Asian rub…Toast the whole spices in a dry skillet over low to medium heat for 1-2 minutes or until golden. A good indicator is when they become very aromatic. Remove from the pan, set aside and let cool. Transfer to small food processor or spice grinder and crush into a coarse powder. Add the spices to another bowl and add lime zest, garlic, and salt. Mix well. Set aside to infuse.

Pepper ‘n’ Spice dipping sauce…put the chilis, garlic, ginger and salt into a food processor and blend to coarse paste. Transfer to a saucepan, add vinegar and sugar, bring to a boil and simmer gently partially covered for 5 minutes or until the mixture becomes a thin syrup. I like to add a bit more vinegar. Remove from heat and let cool.

Prepare the chicken…Place chicken into a dish and add the rub and sesame oil working into the chicken pieces. Marinate in the refrigerator for 2 hours but return to room temperature before grilling.

Preheat your grill and cook chicken over medium hot coals for 15-20 minutes turning after 10 minutes. If using leftover pieces of cold pre-grilled chicken, you can warm on BBQ without drying out for half the grill time. Squeeze with a bit of lime juice if desired and serve with Pepper ‘n’ Spice dipping sauce.

This recipe serves roughly 4.

Heirloom Tomatoes

Late summer is such a fabulous time here in Lodi…The weather is perfect for enjoying a picnic outdoors, entertaining on the patio, eating ‘al fresco’…it is peak season for heirloom fruits and vegetables and the ideal time for a Wine:30! Heirloom tomatoes are one of our favorite late summertime treats…there are a ton of recipes that we love to make this time of year utilizing this tasty fruit. Heirloom Tomato Panzanella Salad, Summer Heirloom Tomato & Basil Bruschetta and Almond Roasted Heirloom Tomatoes. Download our recipe cards and whip up a delicious treat to savor summer a little longer…entertaining on the patio, eating ‘al fresco’…it is peak season for heirloom fruits and ... Read More...

Late summer is such a fabulous time here in Lodi…The weather is perfect for enjoying a picnic outdoors, entertaining on the patio, eating ‘al fresco’…it is peak season for heirloom fruits and vegetables and the ideal time for a Wine:30!

Heirloom tomatoes are one of our favorite late summertime treats…there are a ton of recipes that we love to make this time of year utilizing this tasty fruit. Heirloom Tomato Panzanella Salad, Summer Heirloom Tomato & Basil Bruschetta and Almond Roasted Heirloom Tomatoes. Download our recipe cards and whip up a delicious treat to savor summer a little longer…entertaining on the patio, eating ‘al fresco’…it is peak season for heirloom fruits and vegetables and the ideal time for a Wine:30!

And, of course, when planning your menu, our 2012 Albarino and 2012 Dry Rose pair perfectly and naturally seem to be go-to wines during the warmer months. Salute!

Heirloom Tomato Panzanella Salad Recipe Card

Summer Heirloom Tomato & Basil Bruschetta Recipe Card

Almond Roasted Heirloom Tomatoes Recipe Card

Our Summertime Essentials

The kids are out of school and summer is officially here in Lodi! To get you prepared for the pool parties, al fresco dinners on the patio and all of the traditional summer to-dos your calendar is packed with, we’ve put together a list of our “Harney Lane Summertime Essentials.” At the top of the list -our two ‘poolside’ wines- the newly released 2012 Albarino and 2012 Dry Rose. Both wines are best served chilled… perfect for the warm summer days heading our way! To keep your wines chilled, we recommend the Corkcicle. We brought this nifty little invention into the tasting room last summer and had a hard time keeping them ... Read More...

The kids are out of school and summer is officially here in Lodi! To get you prepared for the pool parties, al fresco dinners on the patio and all of the traditional summer to-dos your calendar is packed with, we’ve put together a list of our “Harney Lane Summertime Essentials.”

At the top of the list -our two ‘poolside’ wines- the newly released 2012 Albarino and 2012 Dry Rose. Both wines are best served chilled… perfect for the warm summer days heading our way!

To keep your wines chilled, we recommend the Corkcicle. We brought this nifty little invention into the tasting room last summer and had a hard time keeping them in stock. They’re awesome. It’s your bottle’s own little ice pack that conveniently fits right inside the bottle!

Chances are, you’ll be outside enjoying your own personal Wine:30, so you’ll need a good, go-to, shatterproof vessel. Enter the govino ‘go anywhere’ glass! These things are fantastic! They appear to be a nice little stemless glass, however they are made of a food-safe, BPA free, polymer, which reflects the wines qualities much like crystal, believe it or not!

We are also recommending our little Harney Lane cheese boards. Perfect for a poolside nosh or to stow in your picnic basket. At $9.95 each, they’re a steal.

Stop in Thursday – Monday 12-5pm for a cool down in the cool tasting room or in the shade of our hundred plus year old Deodora Pine forest.

Certified Green

We are proud to share with you that our 2012 Albarino is our first wine to be released bearing the ‘Certified Green’ seal! The Lodi Rules for Sustainable Winegrowing or simply ‘Certified Green’ is California’s first 3rd party-certified sustainable winegrowing program. This program encourages “practices that enhance biodiversity, soil and water health, community and employee well-being, while meeting our needs today without compromising the needs of future generations.” To be certified we, as growers, had to pass an independent audit of our viticultural practices, ensuring that our product qualifies. Congratulations to Kyle and crew for all the hard work and dedication in ensuring the integrity of our vineyards now and into the future. Look for the ... Read More...

We are proud to share with you that our 2012 Albarino is our first wine to be released bearing the ‘Certified Green’ seal!

The Lodi Rules for Sustainable Winegrowing or simply ‘Certified Green’ is
California’s first 3rd party-certified sustainable winegrowing program. This program encourages “practices that enhance biodiversity, soil and water health, community and employee well-being, while meeting our needs today without compromising the needs of future generations.”

To be certified we, as growers, had to pass an independent audit of our viticultural

practices, ensuring that our product qualifies.

Congratulations to Kyle and crew for all the hard work and dedication in ensuring the integrity of our vineyards now and into the future.

Look for the ‘Certified Green’ seal on all of our newest vintages released in the coming months!

2010 Epic Vintage?

It has been an interesting season to say the least.  It seemed Spring would never end and summer has been incredibly mild for the most part.  So what has that done for the 2010 vintage you may ask?  Well the proof is showing up in the winery already and I personally can’t wait to see what that translates into in the bottle!! Normally in Lodi, we fight to maintain acid levels and minimize too high of sugars while waiting for maturity of the fruit and flavors.  This year our acid and pH levels were so spot on with our whites that Kyle and Chad ran the lab analysis multiple times just ... Read More...

It has been an interesting season to say the least.  It seemed Spring would never end and summer has been incredibly mild for the most part.  So what has that done for the 2010 vintage you may ask?  Well the proof is showing up in the winery already and I personally can’t wait to see what that translates into in the bottle!!

Normally in Lodi, we fight to maintain acid levels and minimize too high of sugars while waiting for maturity of the fruit and flavors.  This year our acid and pH levels were so spot on with our whites that Kyle and Chad ran the lab analysis multiple times just to be sure.  And amazingly, these white wines are developing lush aromas and flavors.  This could be one of Lodi’s best ever vintages, especially for white wines.

All of Harney Lane’s Zinfandel has also been picked and also have developed “crazy color” and flavors to match.  Now we are just hoping that the weather holds so that the Tempranillo and Petite Sirah can have equally “over the top” years.

So keep your fingers crossed, say your prayers, etc that the raining season waits a couple more weeks!  Trust me…it will be worth it when those 2010 vintages are released!!!