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.

NEWSponsor Thanks Sign _ 2015

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!

Zinfandel 5 Ways…a memorable food and wine pairing

Our “house chef”, as we like to refer to him…Chef Warren Ito is pulling out all the stops and preparing some amazing food and wine pairings for our upcoming event-  ‘Zinfandel 5 Ways: Harney Lane wines paired perfectly with Chef Warren’s Culinary Creations’. This event is designed to showcase our lineup of ‘Zinfandel’ wines in celebration of Lodi’s 10th anniversary ZinFest Wine Festival which will be May 17 at Lodi Lake Park. Zinfandel 5 Ways will take place on Thursday, May 15 at 6pm at our winery. ~ I’ll warn you now, you may start to salivate as you peruse the menu… 2013 Dry Rose Canape Parade in the Tasting Room 2011 Zinfandel  Cherry Salad: Slivered Cherries, ... Read More...

Our “house chef”, as we like to refer to him…Chef Warren Ito is pulling out all the stops and preparing some amazing food and wine IMG_5030pairings for our upcoming event-  ‘Zinfandel 5 Ways: Harney Lane wines paired perfectly with Chef Warren’s Culinary Creations’. This event is designed to showcase our lineup of ‘Zinfandel’ wines in celebration of Lodi’s 10th anniversary ZinFest Wine Festival which will be May 17 at Lodi Lake Park.

Zinfandel 5 Ways will take place on Thursday, May 15 at 6pm at our winery.

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I’ll warn you now, you may start to salivate as you peruse the menu…

2013 Dry Rose

Canape Parade in the Tasting Room

2011 Zinfandel

 Cherry Salad: Slivered Cherries, Zin-Poached Pears, Organic Beets, Castello Bleu, Candied Pecans

NV Primitivo

Braised Lamb Shanks with Rosemary and Thyme Jus, French Green Lentils

2011 Lizzy James Old Vine Zinfandel

Veal Polpette: Porcini Mushrooms, Pancetta and Truffle Sauce, Creamy Polenta

Lizzy James Old Vine Zinfandel Port for dessert!

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Please RSVP today to reserve your spot at this highly anticipated event! $65 public | $50 Wine:30 Club Members | $30 Wine:30 Case Club Members. Space is limited. Payment taken at time of reservation.  209.365.1900 | Brindy@HarneyLane.com.

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.

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!

Spring’s Arrived!

The landscape is quickly changing both in the vineyards and on the winery grounds.  Tender shoots are pushing out at what seems like a rapid rate.  It’s one of the prettiest times of years……green grass in the rows and green tips on the vines.  The winery grounds are also starting to really shape up.  Things are really starting to fill in and the flowers are starting to bloom.  In fact, the iris along the driveway are just about to be in full bloom.  This is really going to be quite a greeting to visitors for the next several weeks. This year is already turning out to be a good competition season too.  We ... Read More...

The landscape is quickly changing both in the vineyards and on the winery grounds.  Tender shoots are pushing out at what seems like a rapid rate.  It’s one of the prettiest times of years……green grass in the rows and green tips on the vines.  The winery grounds are also starting to really shape up.  Things are really starting to fill in and the flowers are starting to bloom.  In fact, the iris along the driveway are just about to be in full bloom.  This is really going to be quite a greeting to visitors for the next several weeks.

This year is already turning out to be a good competition season too.  We have done a little less entering this year……saving the wine for you instead……but have still had some nice success.  Here’s how it’s shaping up so far……

SF Chronicle Competetion:  Gold 2007 Zinfandel, Silver 2007 Tempranillo, Bronze 2007 Petite Sirah

Grand Harvest Awards:  Gold 2007 Tempranillo, Silver 2007 Petite Sirah, Bronze 2008 Chardonnay

Lodi Consumer Wine Awards:  Gold, Best of Class 2007 Tempranillo, Gold 2007 Zinfandel, Bronze 2008 Chardonnay

A Fresh Start

If you live close to vineyards you will notice that pruning season is in full swing.  In fact we have completed about two thirds of our pruning.  It always seems like a clean fresh start that I appreciate after the frost has left the vineyards and most of my yard looking a bit beaten.  It even inspires me to want to do some Spring Cleaning (now…if I can just find the time).  I can’t help but think about how many “fresh starts” our Lizzy James vineyard has seen since 1904.  Imagine starting your 106th season.  Think how many hands have tended you, think of the weather patterns you’ve seen, think ... Read More...

old vineIf you live close to vineyards you will notice that pruning season is in full swing.  In fact we have completed about two thirds of our pruning.  It always seems like a clean fresh start that I appreciate after the frost has left the vineyards and most of my yard looking a bit beaten.  It even inspires me to want to do some Spring Cleaning (now…if I can just find the time).  I can’t help but think about how many “fresh starts” our Lizzy James vineyard has seen since 1904.  Imagine starting your 106th season.  Think how many hands have tended you, think of the weather patterns you’ve seen, think of how many bunches you’ve grown, think of how you are thankful that you weren’t replaced with a young vineyard.

So what is pruning and it’s purpose?  Well, it really is the whole foundation for the upcoming season.  Pruning sets the stage for vine and crop balance which is essential for fine quality wine.  Yes….I said wine…..because as farmers we hold strong to the ideal that great wine has to start with great grapes.  And great grapes don’t just happen (although some seasons are more cooperative than others), they are fostered, tended to, worried about and loved. 

And when it comes to farming, I can’t miss the opportunity to toot Lodi’s horn a bit.  Lodi grows more wine grapes than Napa and Sonoma combined and has been the backbone of the wine industry for decades.  And in Lodi 80% of the wineries are owned by growers….those same people who foster, tend and worry about their vineyards season after season.  Lodi growers have adapted to market changes, lead the way in farming practices and managed to survive as farmers generation after generation.  Not an easy feat!!  And thank goodness because if we didn’t have growers that did just that their would be no OLD VINE zinfandel and the landscape of Lodi would look strikingly different.  So with our fresh start to the season…..Hats off to Lodi Growers!!!