Patriarch’s Promise- A Family Legacy; A Wine with Purpose

Our Patriarch’s Promise blend has become a Harney Lane staple since the first pour at our inaugural Dinner with the Family in 2012. This proprietary blend has been the center of many conversations and guessing games, as its contents are well known to be a family secret – and we are a tight lipped group! Although we may not be ready to reveal what goes into a bottle of Patriarch’s, we want to take a moment to share the origin story that began with Harney Lane’s beloved patriarch, George Mettler, as well as announce an exciting new chapter for this unique wine. As a very special, limited feature on our wine list, ... Read More...

Patriarchs on patio

Our Patriarch’s Promise blend has become a Harney Lane staple since the first pour at our inaugural Dinner with the Family in 2012. This proprietary blend has been the center of many conversations and guessing games, as its contents are well known to be a family secret – and we are a tight lipped group! Although we may not be ready to reveal what goes into a bottle of Patriarch’s, we want to take a moment to share the origin story that began with Harney Lane’s beloved patriarch, George Mettler, as well as announce an exciting new chapter for this unique wine.

As a very special, limited feature on our wine list, it is always a lucky day when our Patriarch’s Promise is open for tasting. For those who have had the opportunity to sample it, you know that it is unlike any of our other wines – distinct, full-bodied and flavorful, with rich notes of anise, blackberry and spices. This wine is very near and dear to our matriarch Kathy’s heart, so we love to hear the story as she tells it…

“We have some fruit on the ranch that is considered old-fashioned. Something we haven’t used here in the winery yet. George remembered in his grandfather’s day this particular grape being used as a blending grape and he thought they made really nice wines with it. So, he started bugging Kyle and Chad to make a blend for Harney Lane using this grape. They weren’t real excited about the idea in the beginning…being the stubborn German that George was, he kept at them and, finally, Chad started working on it. Three years later, Chad came up with a blend that George thought was really worth pursuing. George was thrilled and so proud that Chad came around and decided to play with the fruit to make this fantastic wine.”

Although George was only able to indulge in our very first lot of Patriarch’s Promise, we believe that it met (and perhaps exceeded) his expectations. As a final and fitting touch, his daughter and winery co-owner Jorja deliberated over the perfect name, finally settling upon “Patriarch’s Promise” because, in her words, “he had promised that this would make and be a great wine just as he had remembered it to be.” What a tribute!

George by RandyAs many may know, we lost George to cancer in 2013. His legacy certainly lives on through his family, his farm and the winery they worked to create together. In honor of George, as well as many of our winery friends, family and community members who have been affected by this disease, it is our pleasure to announce that we will be donating 10% of sales from every bottle of Patriarch’s Promise to the American Cancer Society. We are proud to support this excellent cause and know that George’s memory will live on through each bottle of Patriarch’s enjoyed!

We feel that one of the best reviews our Patriarch’s Promise has received from lodiwine.com really says it all: “Patriarch’s Promise is a direct reflection of the man for whom home, love, laughter, family (and just below that, farming and fly fishing) loomed largest.”

Patriarch’s Promise is available to purchase in the Tasting Room (open daily 11am-5pm), online here or by giving us a call 209.365.1900. If you’d like to directly support the American Cancer Society in the fight against cancer, you can do that here. Thank you for your loyal support!

Click here for some of our favorite recipes to pair with this delicious wine!

Wine:30 Wine Club Selections- November 2016

November 2016 Wine Club Selections Fall has arrived and your November wine selection is perfect for the season! We are thrilled to release the 2015 vintage of our beloved Chardonnay- perfect for your holiday gatherings! Find your club listing below to get a peek at what you can look forward to! Wine:30 Classic Club 2013 Lizzy James Old Vine Zinfandel- Double Gold– 2016 CA State Fair Wine Competition 2015 Chardonnay- new release! Wine:30 Red Only Club 2013 Lizzy James Old Vine Zinfandel- Double Gold- 2016 CA State Fair Wine Competition 2013 Petite Sirah- Gold- 2016 Sunset International Wine Competition, Gold- 2016 Orange County Wine Competition Wine:30 Classic Four Bottle Club 2013 Lizzy James Old Vine Zinfandel- Double Gold- 2016 ... Read More...

November 2016 Wine Club Selections

Fall has arrived and your November wine selection is perfect for the season! We are thrilled to release the 2015 vintage of our beloved Chardonnay- perfect for your holiday gatherings! Find your club listing below to get a peek at what you can look forward to!

Wine:30 Classic Club

  • 2013 Lizzy James Old Vine Zinfandel- Double Gold– 2016 CA State Fair Wine Competition
  • 2015 Chardonnay- new release!

Wine:30 Red Only Club

  • 2013 Lizzy James Old Vine Zinfandel- Double Gold- 2016 CA State Fair Wine Competition
  • 2013 Petite Sirah- Gold- 2016 Sunset International Wine Competition, Gold- 2016 Orange County Wine Competition

Wine:30 Classic Four Bottle Club

  • 2013 Lizzy James Old Vine Zinfandel- Double Gold- 2016 CA State Fair Wine Competition
  • 2015 Chardonnay- new release!
  • 2013 Petite Sirah- Gold- 2016 Sunset International Wine Competition, Gold- 2016 Orange County Wine Competition
  • 2012 Zinfandel

Wine:30 Red Only Four Bottle Club

  • 2013 Lizzy James Old Vine Zinfandel- Double Gold- 2016 CA State Fair Wine Competition
  • 2013 Petite Sirah- Gold- 2016 Sunset International Wine Competition, Gold- 2016 Orange County Wine Competition
  • Lot 15 Patriarch’s Promise- exclusive proprietary blend!
  • 2012 Zinfandel

Wine:30 Classic Case Club

  • 2013 Lizzy James Old Vine Zinfandel (2 btls)- Double Gold- 2016 CA State Fair Wine Competition
  • 2015 Chardonnay (3 btls)- new release!
  • 2015 Dry Rosé (2 btls)
  • Lot 15 Patriarch’s Promise (2 btls)- exclusive proprietary blend!
  • 2012 Zinfandel (2 btls)
  • Lizzy James Old Vine Zinfandel Port

Wine:30 Red Only Case Club

  • 2013 Lizzy James Old Vine Zinfandel (3 btls)- Double Gold- 2016 CA State Fair Wine Competition
  • 2013 Petite Sirah (3 btls)- Gold- 2016 Sunset International Wine Competition, Gold- 2016 Orange County Wine Competition
  • Lot 15 Patriarch’s Promise (2 btls)- exclusive proprietary blend!
  • 2012 Zinfandel (2 btls)
  • Lizzy James Old Vine Zinfandel Port (2 btls)

Wine:30 Chillers Club

  • 2015 Chardonnay (2 btls)- new release!
  • 2015 Dry Rosé (2 btls)

 

Check out other available wines that you can add on to your order here!

These wines are award winners- check it out!

August 2016 Wine:30 Club Selections

We have some exciting wines to share with you for your Wine:30 Release! Not only is it time for our Club Exclusive Lot 16 Primitivo, but we are thrilled to release our very first Harney Lane Cabernet Sauvignon to case club and red-only four bottle members! Find the club you belong to below to see what you can look forward to. **To assure that we see your special requests, please do not leave notes in the comments section below. Email WineClub@HarneyLane.com.** Wine:30 Classic Club Lot 16 Primitivo- New release! Club Exclusive! 2013 Lodi Zinfandel- Gold Medal, Sunset Magazine Intl Wine Competition & 4 Star Gold Award, 2016 Orange County Wine Competition Wine:30 Red Only Club Lot ... Read More...

We have some exciting wines to share with you for your Wine:30 Release! Not only is it time for our Club Exclusive Lot 16 Primitivo, but we are thrilled to release our very first Harney Lane Cabernet Sauvignon to case club and red-only four bottle members! Find the club you belong to below to see what you can look forward to.

**To assure that we see your special requests, please do not leave notes in the comments section below. Email WineClub@HarneyLane.com.**

Wine:30 Classic Club

  • Lot 16 Primitivo- New release! Club Exclusive!
  • 2013 Lodi Zinfandel- Gold Medal, Sunset Magazine Intl Wine Competition & 4 Star Gold Award, 2016 Orange County Wine Competition

Wine:30 Red Only Club

  • Lot 16 Primitivo- New release! Club Exclusive!
  • 2013 Lodi Zinfandel- Gold Medal, Sunset Magazine Intl Wine Competition & 4 Star Gold Award, 2016 Orange County Wine Competition

Wine:30 Classic 4 Bottle Club

  • Lot 16 Primitivo- New release! Club Exclusive! (2 btls)
  • 2013 Lodi Zinfandel- Gold Medal, Sunset Magazine Intl Wine Competition & 4 Star Gold Award, 2016 Orange County Wine Competition
  • 2014 Chardonnay- Silver Medal, 2016 SF Chronicle Wine Competition

Wine:30 Red Only 4 Bottle Club

  • Lot 16 Primitivo- New release! Club Exclusive! (2 btls)
  • 2013 Lodi Zinfandel- Gold Medal, Sunset Magazine Intl Wine Competition & 4 Star Gold Award, 2016 Orange County Wine Competition
  • 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon- First time to release this varietal!!!

Wine:30 Classic Case Club

  • Lot 16 Primitivo- New release! Club Exclusive! (2 btls)
  • 2013 Lodi Zinfandel- Gold Medal, Sunset Magazine Intl Wine Competition & 4 Star Gold Award, 2016 Orange County Wine Competition (2 btls)
  • 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon- First time to release this varietal!!! (2 btls)
  • 2014 Zinfandel, Scottsdale Vineyard- New wine!!
  • 2010 Tempranillo- Special Library release
  • 2014 Chardonnay- Silver Medal, 2016 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition (2 btls)
  • 2015 Dry Rosé- perfect summertime sipper (2 btls)

Wine:30 Red Only Case Club

  • Lot 16 Primitivo- New release! Club Exclusive! (3 btls)
  • 2013 Lodi Zinfandel- Gold Medal, Sunset Magazine Intl Wine Competition & 4 Star Gold Award, 2016 Orange County Wine Competition (3 btls)
  • 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon- First time to release this varietal!!! (3 btls)
  • 2014 Zinfandel, Scottsdale Vineyard- New wine!! (2 btls)
  • 2010 Tempranillo- Special Library Release

Wine:30 Chillers Club

  • 2014 Chardonnay- Silver Medal, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
  • 2012 Chardonnay- Special Library Release
  • 2015 Dry Rosé- perfect summertime sipper
  • 2015 Albariño- Gold, Best of Class, 2016 Dan Berger Intl Wine Competition

**As a reminder, please do not leave notes in the comments section below.**

Wines are ready for pick up if you are a will call member.  Shipping orders will process September 12th.  

2016 Awards are coming in…

The 2016 wine competition season is well underway and we’ve been receiving some impressive accolades that we are thrilled to share with you! 2015 Albariño GOLD | BEST OF CLASS- 2016 Dan Berger International Wine Competition SILVER – 2016 CA State Fair Wine Competition SILVER – 2016 LA International Wine Competition SILVER – 2016 International Women’s Wine Competition BRONZE – 2016 Sunset Magazine Wine Competition 2013 Zinfandel GOLD – 2016 Sunset Magazine Wine Competition GOLD – 2016 CA State Fair Wine Competition GOLD | 4 STAR – 2016 Orange County Wine Competition SILVER – 2016 LA International Wine Competition SILVER – 2016 Alameda County Wine Competition Zin Challenge SILVER – 2016 SF Chronicle Wine Competition BRONZE – 2016 Texsom Wine Competition 2013 Lizzy ... Read More...

The 2016 wine competition season is well underway and we’ve been receiving some impressive accolades that we are thrilled to share with you!

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GOLD | BEST OF CLASS- 2016 Dan Berger International Wine Competition
SILVER – 2016 CA State Fair Wine Competition
SILVER – 2016 LA International Wine Competition
SILVER – 2016 International Women’s Wine Competition
BRONZE – 2016 Sunset Magazine Wine Competition

2013 Zinfandel
GOLD – 2016 Sunset Magazine Wine Competition
GOLD – 2016 CA State Fair Wine Competition
GOLD | 4 STAR – 2016 Orange County Wine Competition
SILVER – 2016 LA International Wine Competition
SILVER – 2016 Alameda County Wine Competition Zin Challenge
SILVER – 2016 SF Chronicle Wine Competition
BRONZE – 2016 Texsom Wine Competition

2013 Lizzy James Old Vine Zinfandel
DOUBLE GOLD | BEST OF CLASS OF REGION – 2016 CA State Fair Wine Competition
GOLD – 2016 Alameda County Wine Competition Zin Challenge
GOLD – 2016 SF Chronicle Wine Competition
SILVER – 2016 Dan Berger International Wine Competition
SILVER – 2016 Sunset Magazine Wine Competition
SILVER – 2016 SF International Wine Competition

2013 Tempranillo
DOUBLE GOLD | BEST OF CLASS | BEST TEMPRANILLO – 2016 SF International Wine Competition
GOLD – 2016 Dan Berger Wine Competition
SILVER – 2016 SF Chronicle Competition
SILVER – 2016 Texsom Wine Competition
SILVER – 2016 LA International Wine Competition
SILVER – 2016 International Women’s Wine Competition
SILVER – 2016 CA State Fair Wine Competition

2013 Petite Sirah
GOLD – 2016 SF Chronicle Wine Competition
GOLD – 2016 Orange County Wine Competition
SILVER – 2016 Sunset Magazine Wine Competition
BRONZE – 2016 CA State Fair Wine Competition

2015 Dry Rosé
BRONZE – 2016 CA State Fair Wine Competition

LOT 15 Primitivo
SILVER – 2016 Alameda County Wine Competition Zin Challenge

2014 Chardonnay
SILVER – 2016 SF Chronicle Competition
SILVER – 2016 Sunset Magazine Wine Competition
SILVER – 2016 Orange County Wine Competition
BRONZE – 2016 CA State Fair Wine Competition

Want to try some of our award winners??? Order today and we’ll ship them out to you. Better yet, stop in a sample before you buy. We would love to share our winners with you!

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!

 

Delectable Dishes Served with our Wines

At Harney Lane, we think food is an important part of the Wine:30 experience – there are few things better than a beautiful wine and food pairing! Luckily, we have got you covered with a selection of our featured wines and their culinary counterparts. Simply click below to download a complimentary recipe card or swing by the winery to pick one up in person, along with your favorite bottle of Harney Lane wine! These unique recipes make a great addition to your holiday wine gifts, and are just as fun to try at home.   2012 Zinfandel – Pair with Brie, Persimmon and Prosciutto Grilled Cheese   2013 Lizzy James Old Vine Zinfandel – Pair ... Read More...

At Harney Lane, we think food is an important part of the Wine:30 experience – there are few things better than a beautiful wine and food pairing! Luckily, we have got you covered with a selection of our featured wines and their culinary counterparts.

Simply click below to download a complimentary recipe card or swing by the winery to pick one up in person, along with your favorite bottle of Harney Lane wine! These unique recipes make a great addition to your holiday wine gifts, and are just as fun to try at home.beef

 

2012 Zinfandel – Pair with Brie, Persimmon and Prosciutto Grilled Cheese

 

2013 Lizzy James Old Vine Zinfandel – Pair with Guinness & Cocoa Beef Stew

 

2014 Chardonnay – Pair with Fall Wild Mushroom Risotto with Fresh Shaved Parmesan

Tell us what you think! Cheers!

NEW Holiday Offerings from Harney Lane

This holiday season, we are offering exclusive gift packages! Harney Lane wines are, hands down, the best way to celebrate! Choose from a variety of options to find that perfect gift. Each selection is packaged in an attractive box and includes a unique recipe pairing and a personalized note from you. Gift memberships to our Wine:30 Club, as well as custom gift orders are also available upon request. Celebration Package: Give the gift of cheers! with a bottle of Harney Lane’s crowd-pleasing 2012 Estate Zinfandel, complimented by two of our exquisite logo glasses. $40 + Shipping. Classic Package:  Two of Harney Lane’s favorites, our 2012 Estate Zinfandel and brand new release 2014 Chardonnay are the perfect introduction to ... Read More...

This holiday season, we are offering exclusive gift packages! Harney Lane wines are, hands down, the best way to celebrate! Choose from a variety of options to find that perfect gift. Each selection is packaged in an attractive box and includes a unique recipe pairing and a personalized note from you.

Gift memberships to our Wine:30 Club, as well as custom gift orders are also available upon request.

Celebration Package:
Give the gift of cheers! with a bottle of Harney Lane’s crowd-pleasing 2012 Estate Zinfandel, complimented by two of our exquisite logo glasses. $40 + Shipping.

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Classic Package:
 Two of Harney Lane’s favorites, our 2012 Estate Zinfandel and brand new release 2014 Chardonnay are the perfect introduction to the classic flavors of Harney Lane’s delicious estate wines. $48 + Shipping.

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Collector’s Package:
A beloved selection of our most sought after wines for the true collector: 2012 Lizzy James Old Vine Zinfandel, sourced from our exceptional 111 year old vineyard, Lot 15 Patriarch’s Promise, a special proprietary blend imagined by Harney Lane Patriarch, George Mettler, and our classic 2012 Estate Zinfandel come together to create a perfectly balanced library of distinctive Lodi wines. $105 + Shipping.

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*Wine:30 Club Discounts apply to all gift packages*

To place a gift order or for inquiries, please contact us at 209.365.1900 or Info@HarneyLane.com. Shipping costs vary based on destination and gift selection – we are happy to provide an estimate upon request!

Don’t forget, we also have a shipping special being offered through December 21- $12 on case shipments within the Contiguous United States. Email us today to place your order Info@HarneyLane.com.

We got our STOMP on!

We STOMPed out Cancer last Sunday, October 4th. For the 5th year in a row, our family, staff and The Greyhounds Relay for Life Team worked tirelessly to put together a great day of fundraising, wine, food and grape stomping goodness for all to enjoy! Approximately 100 people jumped into the barrels and STOMPed throughout the day. Our friends Snap Jackson and the Knock on Wood Players kept the energy up with their bluegrassy feel-good tunes. KCRA 3’s Tamara Berg joined us to emcee the event and even climbed into a barrel. Our raffle, the biggest yet, was full of amazing gifts donated by our friends, business partners and generous community members! ... Read More...

We STOMPed out Cancer last Sunday, October 4th. For the 5th year in a row, our family, staff and The Greyhounds Relay for Life Team worked tirelessly to put together a great day of fundraising, wine, food and grape stomping goodness for all to enjoy!

Approximately 100 people jumped into the barrels and STOMPed throughout the day. Our friends Snap Jackson and the Knock on Wood Players kept the energy up with their bluegrassy feel-good tunes. KCRA 3’s Tamara Berg joined us to emcee the event and even climbed into a barrel.

Our raffle, the biggest yet, was full of amazing gifts donated by our friends, business partners and generous community members! There were massages, oil changes, jewelry, gift certificates to top restaurants, wine gift baskets, golf lessons, and so much more. The Silent Auction was also pretty remarkable. A spa gift package to the beautiful Wine & Roses Hotel.Restaurant.Spa as well as a case of our very first vintage 2006 Petite Sirah were the hits!

For the second year in a row, we are happy to announce that the event generated over $12,000 for the American Cancer Society.

Thank you to our very generous event sponsors and supporters alike! Please pass along the support and visit these businesses.

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There is still time to be a part of this great cause…through the end of October, we are accepting donations that will go directly to the charity. The commemorative STOMP out Cancer wine glasses are also available for a $10 donation. Please consider this important cause!

STOMP out Cancer | October 4

We are so excited to announce our 5th annual STOMP Out Cancer fundraiser, hosted in conjunction with Relay for Life team The Greyhounds on Sunday, October 4th from 12-4 pm. We lost our beloved Patriarch, George Mettler, to cancer in 2013. Since then, STOMP has taken on a special significance for our family and all of those who have been affected by the loss of a loved one or a personal battle with cancer. STOMP is a fun, family-friendly event where guests have the chance to take part in a traditional grape stomp, while supporting a great cause! We look forward to a lively afternoon of grape stomping, live music, incredible raffle and auction ... Read More...

We are so excited to announce our 5th annual STOMP Out Cancer fundraiser, hosted in conjunction with Relay for Life team The Greyhounds on Sunday, October 4th from 12-4 pm. We lost our beloved Patriarch, George Mettler, to cancer in 2013. Since then, STOMP has taken on a special significance for our family and all of those who have been affected by the loss of a loved one or a personal battle with cancer.

STOMP is a fun, family-friendly event where guests have the chance to take part in a traditional grape stomp, while supporting a great cause! We look forward to a lively afternoon of grape stomping, live music, incredible raffle and auction prizes, food and desserts for purchase, along with Harney Lane’s own award-winning wines! Join your friends, family and neighbors as we band together in the fight against cancer.

When: Sunday, October 4th, 12 – 4 pm

Where: Harney Lane Winery crush pad, 9010 E. Harney Lane, Lodi

Cost: Free to attend, $20 to participate in the grape stomp

RSVP: Walk-ins welcome! However, guests are encouraged to RSVP in advance if they plan to stomp grapes, since availability is limited. Info@HarneyLane.com or 209.365.1900.

What to expect:

  • Stompers should plan to get dirty! We recommend you dress accordingly.
  • We also recommend comfortable shoes, such as flip-flops.
  • All ages are welcome to stomp, but children under 5 should be accompanied by an adult.
  • Stompers will need to check-in on arrival. The grape stomp operates on a first-come first-served basis. Each stomp lasts approximately 60 seconds per person.
  • Raffle and auction prizes will be available for purchase throughout the event. Cash, credit/debit cards and checks are all accepted!
  • Our Tasting Room will be open regular hours during the event (11 am – 5 pm).
  • Food and wine will be available for purchase on site.

RSVP anytime by calling 209-365-1900 or emailing us!

Proceeds from STOMP Out Cancer will go to support the American Cancer Society. We are now accepting donations and sponsorships – please consider supporting the cause! For more information about how to get involved please contact athena@harneylane.com.

We are so grateful for our event sponsors and supporters!NEWSponsor Thanks Sign _ 2015

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Gold Level- Acampo Machine Works, Mobile Wine Line, Bowman & Co.

Silver Level- Big Valley TractorBig W Sales, Devencenzi Ag Pest Management & Research, Roland Construction, Valley Vineyard & Orchard Supply

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?