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.

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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!!

Lizzy James Update

We took a little walk around our 108 year old Lizzy James vineyard earlier this week… Buds have broken, clusters are forming and before we know it we’ll be sending the harvesting crew around to pull in the 2012 crop! This vineyard is full of character! When it was new to the family, some twelve years ago, the vineyard was “a restoration project… a lot of dead spots, a lot of vines that needed resuscitating.” It became a project, according to Kyle, “we nursed it back to health and, since then, it’s produced our most award winning wines.”  Take a peak at our beloved Lizzy James Vineyard right now….and come by the tasting ... Read More...

We took a little walk around our 108 year old Lizzy James vineyard earlier this week… Buds have broken, clusters are forming and before we know it we’ll be sending the harvesting crew around to pull in the 2012 crop!

This vineyard is full of character! When it was new to the family, some twelve years ago, the vineyard was “a restoration project… a lot of dead spots, a lot of vines that needed resuscitating.” It became a project, according to Kyle, “we nursed it back to health and, since then, it’s produced our most award winning wines.” 

Take a peak at our beloved Lizzy James Vineyard right now….and come by the tasting room for the awarding winning 2009 Harney Lane Old Vine Zinfandel OR our Lizzy James Old Vine Zinfandel ‘Port Style Wine’ that is created with her fruit!

What Do You Taste?

I think that one of the most intriguing things about wine is not the wine itself but people’s reaction to it.  And I think the range of wines available is just about as wide as the range of palates you find.  This has been a new experience for me as I stand on the other side of the bar or the table at a wine event and listen to people describe the wines.  I have had everthing from the simple…”that’s good” to ….a description of multiple aromas and flavors …..to a full description of how the wine would pair with a particular dish that they create on the spot as the taste the ... Read More...

I think that one of the most intriguing things about wine is not the wine itself but people’s reaction to it.  And I think the range of wines available is just about as wide as the range of palates you find.  This has been a new experience for me as I stand on the other side of the bar or the table at a wine event and listen to people describe the wines.  I have had everthing from the simple…”that’s good” to ….a description of multiple aromas and flavors …..to a full description of how the wine would pair with a particular dish that they create on the spot as the taste the wine and pair the flavors in their head with their culinary expertise.  One of the most interesting experiences happened just recently at the REAF benefit in San Francisco.  One of the dancers from the show came to taste at the after party.  He very definately described the wine but interestingly enough didn’t really use any words.  Instead he used movement, his method of expression.  I guess it’s really not surprising that we all use our own methods to describe wine or anything else for that matter, but I still find it interesting. 

Even writers and wine experts taste their own unique things in a wine because as much as the wine is the same, everyone’s palate is unique to them.  Just revisit with me some of whats been said about our 2008 Old Vine Zinfandel just in the last month……”Oodles and Poodles of thick, sumptuous, black velvet canvassed flavors suggesting luxury chocolate with swirls of vanilla”….”fresh blackberry pie cooling next to some homemade fudge”….  “campfire in the bottle”…..”berrylicious”…….”leaves you screaming for S’mores”.    I’m not great at pinpointing and describing but I very definately know what I like and don’t.  Whatever it is you taste in it….all that really matters is if you like it and the flavors you find in it, not whether you can describe them or not.   And judging from the sales of our newest Old Vine Zinfandel, so far, most of you LIKE IT!