Quick Seafood Paella to pair with Albariño or Tempranillo

A traditional Spanish dish, paella is a versatile, one-stop meal that can be as complex or as simple as you’d like it to be! Filled with any variety of seafood, meat or vegetables you desire, the seafood-based recipe below is easy to customize and simple to prepare. Meat lovers can easily substitute the lobster water for chicken broth. Paella’s delicious blend of savory ingredients comes together with a lovely touch of saffron, pairing perfectly with either of Harney Lane’s exceptional Spanish varietal wines. Our beloved Albariño and Tempranillo are a match made in heaven! Ingredients: 3 tbsp. olive oil Water 1 large yellow onion, chopped 2 cups Spanish or arborio rice, soaked in water for ... Read More...

A traditional Spanish dish, paella is a versatile, one-stop meal that can be as complex or as simple as you’d like it to be! Filled with any variety of seafood, meat or vegetables you desire, the seafood-based recipe below is easy to customize and simple to prepare. Meat lovers can easily substitute the lobster water for chicken broth. Paella’s delicious blend of savory ingredients comes together with a lovely touch of saffron, pairing perfectly with either of Harney Lane’s exceptional Spanish varietal wines. Our beloved Albariño and Tempranillo are a match made in heaven!paella

Ingredients:

  • 3 tbsp. olive oil
  • Water
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 cups Spanish or arborio rice, soaked in water for 15 minutes then drained
  • 6 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 large pinches of saffron threads soaked in ½ cup water
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • ½ tsp. red pepper flakes
  • Salt, to taste
  • 2 large tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 6 oz. French green beans
  • 1 lb. prawns, large shrimp or your choice of seafood, peeled and deveined (mussels, clams and other shellfish can also be used)
  • 4 small lobster tails
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley

Directions:

In a large pot, boil 3 cups of water. Add the lobster tails and let boil briefly, 1-2 minutes, until pink. Turn off heat. Remove the lobster tails. Do not discard the lobster cooking water. When lobster has cooled, remove the shell and cut meat into large chunks.

In a large, deep pan, warm the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the chopped onion. Sauté onion for 2 minutes, then add rice and cook for 3 additional minutes, stirring regularly. Add the chopped garlic and the lobster cooking water. Stir in the saffron along with its soaking liquid, paprika, cayenne pepper, pepper flakes, and salt. Stir in the chopped tomatoes and green beans. Bring it all to a boil and let the liquid reduce slightly, then cover and cook on low heat for 20 minutes.

Uncover and spread the shrimp or shellfish over the rice, gently pushing it into the rice. Add a small amount water if rice seems dry, in order to steam. At this point, you can taste the rice and add more salt to taste, if needed. Cover and cook another 10-15 minutes until the shrimp turns pink. Finally, add the cooked lobster chunks. When the lobster is warmed through, turn heat off. Garnish with parsley.

Serve paella hot, alongside Harney Lane’s Tempranillo or Albariño. A relaxing patio and Spanish tapas are optional, but strongly recommended!

We have only a few cases of 2014 Albariño left- it has aged beautifully in the bottle and is simply delicious right now. Order yours today!

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!

 

Winemaking 101- a recap of the latest in our Winemaker’s Series

Winemaking 101, the third installment of our Winemaker’s Series was full of great information. Winemaker Chad Joseph took guests from our lovely Albarino vineyard through the Crush Pad and into our production facility, on an in-depth journey of just what we do at Harney Lane to process grapes and craft our wines. Guests were treated to chilled 2014 Albarino in the beautiful vineyard where Kyle discussed how we have grafted this varietal onto chardonnay vines. The story goes… our matriarch, Kathy has always been a big fan of Albarino (her cat is even named ‘Albi’!), and convinced the family to try making our own. It took off and we now have ... Read More...

Winemaking 101, the third installment of our Winemaker’s Series was full of great information. Our ConcettaWinemaker Chad Joseph took guests from our lovely Albarino vineyard through the Crush Pad and into our production facility, on an in-depth journey of just what we do at Harney Lane to process grapes and craft our wines.

DestemmerGuests were treated to chilled 2014 Albarino in the beautiful vineyard where Kyle discussed how we have grafted this varietal onto chardonnay vines. The story goes… our matriarch, Kathy has always been a big fan of Albarino (her cat is even named ‘Albi’!), and convinced the family to try making our own. It took off and we now have numerous acres dedicated to it! If you are at the tasting room and would like to take a peak at the grafted vineyard, ask our staff where this is.

The Winemaking 101 journey continued onto the Crush Pad, where Chad showed off our production area, press, macro bins and our state of the art tanks where our 2014 Chardonnay was chilling in its cold jacket. Guests enjoyed samples straight from the tank.

At the tanks

Next up was a sample of our 2007 Dry Rose out of the Library. Chad discussed the way in which we make our rose- where we bleed our grapes (saignee), barrel ferment and age on light lees in oak. The braver in the crowd, even poured lees into their hands for a more sensory experience.

Cabernet barrel samples

Next was a very exciting station- our red winemaking discussion and barrel sample of our brand new varietal Cabernet Sauvignon!!! This is a first for Harney Lane and was a great perk for attendees. Chad and Kyle showed off our sorting table, discussed punch downs, pump overs, settling, racking and so much more.

Sorting and Destemming

Finally, guests were led through our picturesque forest for a treat of our port-style Lizzy James Old Vine Zinfandel Dessert Wine paired with a wonderful dark chocolate truffle!

Chad created a handy Glossary of Winemaking Terms that we hope you can learn from! Knowledge is power and there is always something to learn. I need to do some studying!

Would you like to attend our Winemaker’s Series? What topics interest you?

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!!

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!

Summertime at the Winery

We’ve had a busy summer here at Harney Lane. We’d like to catch you up on all the good times we’ve been having at the winery! In May, we celebrated Lodi’s ZinFest weekend, where we welcomed hundreds of wine lovers to Harney Lane.  We hosted our Wine:30 Club Pick Up Party over Memorial Day Weekend, serving up delicious picnicking treats alongside our chilled 2011 Albarino and the very popular 2009 Petite Sirah. In early June, it was Ladies Night Out, where hundreds of ladies came out for an evening of tasting and shopping in our beautiful wine country gift shop. Early August was once again time for a great Wine:30 party- this time ... Read More...

We’ve had a busy summer here at Harney Lane. We’d like to catch you up on all the good times we’ve been having at the winery! In May, we celebrated Lodi’s ZinFest weekend, where we welcomed hundreds of wine lovers to Harney Lane.  We hosted our Wine:30 Club Pick Up Party over Memorial Day Weekend, serving up delicious picnicking treats alongside our chilled 2011 Albarino and the very popular 2009 Petite Sirah. In early June, it was Ladies Night Out, where hundreds of ladies came out for an evening of tasting and shopping in our beautiful wine country gift shop. Early August was once again time for a great Wine:30 party- this time we treated folks to a Gourmet Popcorn Bar! Guests loved creating their own concoctions, including popcorn tossed with bacon, blue cheese, parsley and Fiori’s seasoning! With the popcorn, members were enjoyed our 2009 Lodi Zinfandel and the exclusive-to-members, Primitivo! The very next weekend, we hosted our annual Crush Pad Jam. This year, we featured Miss Lonely Hearts Band, which the crowd absolutely loved! Guests enjoyed wine-by-the-glass, wood fired pizzas by Guantonio’s and live music all night.
Please enjoy these photographic memories of our fantastic summer. Want to join the fun? Become a Wine:30’er today! You’re clearly missing out if you haven’t joined us yet!!

Join us for our upcoming activities this fall, including our Tasting Room’s 3rd anniversary September 14-16 as well as our 2nd annual STOMP out Cancer grape stomp on Sunday, September 23. In the meantime, LIKE us on Facebook for all the latest and greatest events, photos, specials and more!