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!

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.  

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...
Brindy close up

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.

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!!!