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.  

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!

August’s Wine:30 Club Release!

August’s Wine:30 Club Release is just around the corner and we have some great wines picked for you!!! Wine:30 Classic Club and Wine:30 Red Only Members will enjoy: Primitivo Lot 15- New release of our exclusive member only varietal! 2012 Estate Zinfandel- Member Favorite! *Four bottle Members will enjoy two each of the above selections Wine:30 Classic Case Members will enjoy: Primitivo Lot 15- New release of our exclusive member only varietal! 2012 Estate Zinfandel- Member Favorite! 2012 Chardonnay- Club Exclusive Library vintage Primitivo- 2012 Release of this exclusive varietal from our Library Wine:30 Red Only Case Members will enjoy: Primitivo Lot 15- New release of our exclusive member only varietal! 2012 Estate Zinfandel- Member Favorite! 2012 Petite Sirah- Summer BBQ essential! Primitivo- 2012 ... Read More...

August’s Wine:30 Club Release is just around the corner and we have some great wines picked for you!!!

Wine:30 Classic Club and Wine:30 Red Only Members will enjoy:

  • Primitivo Lot 15- New release of our exclusive member only varietal!
  • 2012 Estate Zinfandel- Member Favorite!

*Four bottle Members will enjoy two each of the above selections

Wine:30 Classic Case Members will enjoy:

  • Primitivo Lot 15- New release of our exclusive member only varietal!
  • 2012 Estate Zinfandel- Member Favorite!
  • 2012 Chardonnay- Club Exclusive Library vintage
  • Primitivo- 2012 Release of this exclusive varietal from our Library

Wine:30 Red Only Case Members will enjoy:

  • Primitivo Lot 15- New release of our exclusive member only varietal!
  • 2012 Estate Zinfandel- Member Favorite!
  • 2012 Petite Sirah- Summer BBQ essential!
  • Primitivo- 2012 Release of this exclusive varietal from our Library

Wine:30 Chillers Club Members will enjoy 2 each of:

  • 2014 Albarino- Member favorite for Summer Sipping!
  • 2012 Chardonnay- Club Exclusive Library vintage

Don’t forget that Wine:30 Club members are welcome to customize their order by contacting Brindy@harneylane.com by July 31st.   Orders will process on August 5th in preparation for our Wine:30 Pick Up Party August 8th & 9th from 11-4pm.  Hope to see you there!

Thankful message

The 2014 harvest wrapped up early this year with all our grapes in by the second week of October. The farming work is complete and now it is in Chad’s very capable hands to complete the process. Quite a process it is, considering you won’t see the red wines from this vintage until 2016 or 2017.  That means this is the vintage we will likely celebrate our daughter, Kirsten’s (aka Lizzy) high school graduation with.  Wow…I think I sprouted a few grey hairs just typing that…what special moments our Harney Lanes wines are a part of! It’s such a humbling thing to realize how Harney Lane wines have been part of your ... Read More...

KKJThe 2014 harvest wrapped up early this year with all our grapes in by the second week of October. The farming work is complete and now it is in Chad’s very capable hands to complete the process. Quite a process it is, considering you won’t see the red wines from this vintage until 2016 or 2017.  That means this is the vintage we will likely celebrate our daughter, Kirsten’s (aka Lizzy) high school graduation with.  Wow…I think I sprouted a few grey hairs just typing that…what special moments our Harney Lanes wines are a part of!

It’s such a humbling thing to realize how Harney Lane wines have been part of your special Wine:30 moments.  What an honor to have our wines included in your wedding celebrations, retirement celebrations and all the other “big days”.  Even more surreal is realizing that we are included in your everyday Wine:30s! thanks2014 Those moments when you are simply enjoying a quiet afternoon, winding down after a crazy day or sharing a meal with a couple of friends.  We are truly blessed that you let our wines be part of your lives and we are blessed that you are part of ours. Please let us know where or how you’ve enjoyed Harney Lane wines. Snap a picture and post it to our Facebook page!

With the holidays upon us, our Harney Lane family would like to thank you for your loyal patronage and wish you and yours all the joys that the holiday season brings!

Cheers! Jorja and team

Thankful…

Enjoy a sweet note from Kathy, our wonderful matriarch! “Fall is one of my favorite times of year.  It means so many different things to me.  In our family we have many birthdays to celebrate during the season.  We also look forward to harvest that fall brings.  Our men work crazy hours and lack sleep but it’s year of work brought to rest.  I love the color changes, the different smells and  the cozy feeling fall brings. November is always a good reminder of all the things I am thankful for.  I am thankful for this:  This November George is not in the hospital and is feeling much better.  That’s a big ... Read More...

Enjoy a sweet note from Kathy, our wonderful matriarch!

“Fall is one of my favorite times of year.  It means so many different things to me.  In our family we have many birthdays to celebrate during the season.  We also look forward to harvest that fall brings.  Our men work crazy hours and lack sleep but it’s year of work brought to rest.  I love the color changes, the different smells and  the cozy feeling fall brings.

November is always a good reminder of all the things I am thankful for.  I am thankful for this:  This November George is not in the hospital and is feeling much better.  That’s a big thank you.  We have had a good harvest and wonderful wines from this vintage are on the way.  Our wine club is growing like crazy and we are so thankful.  We have family and friends along with our amazing staff that is here helping us whenever needed.  You see…I could go on and on about being thankful because we are so blessed.

So as this holiday season approaches, take a minute or two and count your blessings!  May your holidays be filled with love, laughter, family and wine!!

Thank you, Kathy”

Continuing the thankful mood, we put up our very own “Harney Lane Thankful Tree” in the winery last week and it’s already covered!  Visitors have been filling out little cards with their own thankful wishes. What a great way to start the holiday season!

 

Cheers to you and yours this Thanksgiving! May you have lots of love, laughter and Harney Lane wine!

 

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!

February at Harney Lane- Wine:30 Anyone?

There is always something going on in Lodi Wine Country these days! We are a part of some incredible events that take place throughout the region and we host a handful of our own events here at the winery. Why not throw a wine party every now and again? February has some great stuff in store… First up on the calendar is Lodi Wine Country’s Wine & Chocolate Weekend- February 11-12. This is an incredibly busy weekend for us – we love seeing all the new faces in the tasting room. What could be better than the combination of wine and chocolate…right around Valentine’s Day? Not much according to the nearly ... Read More...

There is always something going on in Lodi Wine Country these days! We are a part of some incredible events that take place throughout the region and we host a handful of our own events here at the winery. Why not throw a wine party every now and again? February has some great stuff in store…

First up on the calendar is Lodi Wine Country’s Wine & Chocolate Weekend- February 11-12. This is an incredibly busy weekend for us – we love seeing all the new faces in the tasting room. What could be better than the combination of wine and chocolate…right around Valentine’s Day? Not much according to the nearly 5,000 people that attend each year! We try to do something a little different with the chocolate that we serve to guests… this year we will feature a Chocolate Chili that pairs beautifully with our reds. Also, we will feature Zin infused brownies that are decadent! The guys will most likely be donning pink boas- reason enough to come check it out.

A couple weekends after Wine & Chocolate, we will catch our breath and host our Wine:30 Club Pick Up Party- February 25-26- for all of our wine club members! This release features our two Zins! Our 2009 Lodi Zinfandel and the coveted 2009 Lizzy James Old Vine Zin (Gold Medals keep coming for this one!). We’re all about a good time with friends, family and wine…and that’s what we’ll have plenty of! Our loyal members will get to sample the new wines paired with some awesome bbq sliders. Yum! Juicy meat marinated and slow roasted to perfection, slathered in a zinfandel bbq sauce. Mouth watering? Pair that with Harney Lane Zinfandel… The Campbell Creek Gang will be meandering around the winery property giving folks something to tap their toes to! Our firepit will be roaring and cross our fingers the rain won’t be pouring …just before and after would be fine!

If you’re not a member, what are you waiting for? We’ve got a lot of fun activities in store for the coming year, not to mention the excellent wine! See you soon.

Merry Christmas!!

Most of us have our Christmas Traditions, don’t we?  In our family, many of our traditions are centered around our Christmas trees.  As long as I can remember, we have traveled as a family….sometimes a few of us and sometimes many….to cut our own Christmas tree. Since I was a small girl and my parents remodeled their home, they have been putting up an 17 to 18 foot tree every year which is not easy to find on a tree lot!  Another tradition in our family…. exchanging ornaments.  Usually its something that reminds us of the person or the year gone by.  When I got married to Kyle and moved out of the house ... Read More...

Most of us have our Christmas Traditions, don’t we?  In our family, many of our traditions are centered around our Christmas trees.  As long as I can remember, we have traveled as a family….sometimes a few of us and sometimes many….to cut our own Christmas tree. Since I was a small girl and my parents remodeled their home, they have been putting up an 17 to 18 foot tree every year which is not easy to find on a tree lot!  Another tradition in our family…. exchanging ornaments.  Usually its something that reminds us of the person or the year gone by.  When I got married to Kyle and moved out of the house my mother boxed up all the ornaments I had collected over the years.  I had so many, in fact, that it filled our first Christmas tree.  In response, I , of course, started buying ornaments for Kyle and now for our kids (after all…it was OUR tree) so soon one tree was not enough.  Now our home is graced every year with 2 trees.  Maybe one would be enough if I had room for an 18 foot tree.

Kyle typically thinks all this is a little bit of craziness (Although I don’t remember saying it was reasonable).  This year, however, he surprised me and came home with the ornament pictured above for me!!  He said he picked it because Santa was sitting back relaxing on the moon and that’s what he wished me……a little relaxation!  And that is the biggest thing I wish for all of you this Christmas and into 2012!!  We hope you are all able to stop and relax a little bit! Enjoy your time with family and friends!  Share a few wine:thirties!  Just pause and enjoy!!  That’s really the best tradition to have anyway, isn’t it???  Special times and great memories!!!

We at Harney Lane wish you all a very Merry Christmas AND we wish you health, happiness and time to relax and enjoy in 2012!!!!   CHEERS!!!!

~Jorja, Kyle, George, Kathy, Kirsten(Lizzy), Ian (James), Ranger & Max too!!

p.s.  The fire will most likely be roaring this winter when we’re open if you need to pause and enjoy a wine:thirty with family and friends!!

 

Wine:30 Members Celebrate New Wines

It was a beautiful fall weekend here at Harney Lane Winery for our Wine:30 Club Holiday Release Pick Up Party. The spirits of Wine:30 Club members were high and smiles were everywhere as our new wines made their debut! Our 2009 Tempranillo, 2010 Chardonnay and our first ever Port Style Wine- Lizzy James Old Vine Zinfandel Port Style Wine that is! They were all hits. Brindy, our wine club manager, created a fantastic Mac & Cheese recipe that paired with both wines. The Mac & Cheese, recipe below, combines three cheeses- cheddar, gouda and gorgonzola!  You’ve got to try it!  We also had a silk chocolate truffle that was amazing ... Read More...

It was a beautiful fall weekend here at Harney Lane Winery for our Wine:30 Club Holiday Release Pick Up Party. The spirits of Wine:30 Club members were high and smiles were everywhere as our new wines made their debut! Our 2009 Tempranillo, 2010 Chardonnay and our first ever Port Style Wine- Lizzy James Old Vine Zinfandel Port Style Wine that is! They were all hits. Brindy, our wine club manager, created a fantastic Mac & Cheese recipe that paired with both wines. The Mac & Cheese, recipe below, combines three cheeses- cheddar, gouda and gorgonzola!  You’ve got to try it!  We also had a silk chocolate truffle that was amazing with the Port.  What could be better- cheese, chocolate and delicious wine!?

Christmas arrived in the tasting room- we decked the halls and tossed the tinsel all in preparation for our friends this past weekend. Guests tasted, shopped and listened to live music. Can’t beat that!  Others picnicked or gathered around the firepit enjoying the changing of the seasons! All in all it was a great release weekend and we look forward to sharing our newest vintage with everyone in the coming months.

Come out and try the new wines – Thursday through Monday, 12noon until 5pm. We’d love to see you.  Cheers!

 

 Yankee Doodle Baked Macaroni and Cheese

1 package large Elbow Macaroni
3 Tbsp unsalted butter
3 Tbsp flour
3 cups hot (not boiling) milk
1 Bay leaf
1/2 tsp Paprika
Salt and fresh ground Black Pepper
1 Tbsp Dry Mustard
14 oz Sharp cheddar- shredded
6 oz Gouda cheese- we recommend “Old Amsterdam” Gouda
5 oz Gorgonzola- crumbled, we recommend “Oregonzola”
1 cup dry bread crumbs
1/2 cup finely chopped onions
1 clove finely chopped garlic
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan or Pecorino

Cook pasta in a pot of boiling salt water until not quite tender, just shy of al dente. Drain and set aside.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Melt half of the butter in a heavy non-stick saucepan and sprinkle with flour. Cook for a minute or two, then stir with a wooden spoon. Remove heat and add milk all at once, along with the bay leaf. Cook over medium high heat, stirring until the sauce thickens, about 5-7 minutes. If there are any lumps, remove the bay leaf and whisk mixture with a wire whisk. Remove from heat and season with salt, pepper, paprika and dry mustard.

Reserve 3oz of cheddar, 3oz of gouda and 3oz of parmesan. Remove bay leaf if you haven’t already and stir in remaining cheddar, gouda and gorgonzola and set aside. In a small fry pan, heat remaining butter and combine with breadcrumbs.

In the bottom of a 1 1/2 quart baking dish with 3-4 inch sides, sprinkle 2 Tbsp of the reserved cheese. Add the onion and garlic to the cheese sauce. Layer a third of the macaroni in the baking dish and top with a third of the cheese sauce. Repeat this step two more times, ending with the cheese sauce. Sprinkle with the remaining shredded cheeses then with parmesan and finally with the breadcrumb mixture.

Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the top is crispy or browned in spots.