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Napa Valley, CA (PRWEB) November 14, 2013

Napa Valley Winemaker Scott Harvey announces 3 new Thanksgiving wines in time for America’s favorite holiday. Zinfandel enhances savory turkey, complex vegetable dishes and traditional fruit pies.

Napa Valley Winemaker Scott Harvey announces new Thanksgiving wines from both Napa Valley and Amador County, featuring Zinfandel

Scott Harvey pairs the Thanksgiving main course with Old Vine Zinfandel

Scott Harvey pairs the Thanksgiving main course with Old Vine Zinfandel

pairings for Thanksgiving dinner recipes. Winemaker Scott Harvey is renowned for his Zinfandel. Last year, Sunset Magazine named Scott Harvey’s 2010 Mountain Selection Zinfandel as “The Perfect Zin to pair with a pungent, spicy, fruity Thanksgiving dinner.” His 2010 Old Vine Reserve Zinfandel earned 94 points from Beverage Testing Institute. This November, with Thanksgiving around the corner, winemaker Scott Harvey has introduced 3 new red wines created to enhance the Thanksgiving table.

The new Zinfandel releases:

Scott Harvey chooses to make an Old World, Claret style Zinfandel. “Zinfandel doesn’t have to be black,” said Scott. “I create these wines to perfectly enhance the flavors of the Thanksgiving table, from savory turkey to complex vegetables and traditional fruit pies.” The granite soils of Amador County are well-suited to producing distinctive, earthy, full bodied Zinfandels that have a wonderful character all to themselves.

2011 Scott Harvey Mountain Selection Zinfandel: ”Napa Valley winemakers are complaining about the cold vintage of 2011. I have always said that when Napa has a cold vintage, Amador has a great vintage,” Scott Harvey said. “This 2011 Mountain Selection Zinfandel shows just that. 2011 allowed us to produce Amador Zinfandel in more of an Old World European style of lower alcohol and bright red fruit flavors. The red fruit flavors will go great with a holiday turkey, its dressing and cranberry sauce. This is one of my best vintages in 40 years of winemaking.”

2010 Vineyard 1869 Zinfandel: Produced 100% from Vineyard 1869, America’s oldest Zinfandel Vineyard documented as existing in 1869. Vineyard 1869 was planted in the days when horses were used for cultivation. This ancient vineyard is non-irrigated, stand alone, head pruned vines that fully express the Amador Zinfandel terroir. This Zinfandel suggests deep blackberry, fig, pomegranate, and violets, balanced with a fleshy center and hints of coffee and bright currants,” Scott explained. “Vineyard 1869 offers old vine complexity and first growth quality.”

2011 Jana Napa Old Vine Zinfandel: A rich, full-bodied Zinfandel, aged for 18 months in French Oak. “I create this Zinfandel from 80+ year old vines grown in the upper Napa Valley,” said Scott. He makes this limited production Zinfandel from a small crop of long stringy bunches, allowing for full Zinfandel maturity when harvested. This is a fruit forward wine with fresh black cherry, currants and mint layered with French Oak.

About Scott Harvey Wines
Handcrafted wines from Napa Valley and Amador County, Scott Harvey Wines produces wines under three labels: Scott Harvey Wines, Jana Winery and InZinerator. Established in 2004, Scott Harvey Wines features Vineyard 1869 Zinfandel, Napa Valley Cathedral Cabernet Sauvignon, Amador County Barbera, Zinfandel and Syrah along with a variety of one-of-a-kind white and red wine blends. Creator of “niche wines that over deliver,” Scott Harvey, owner and winemaker, has been making quality wines for over 30 years.

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Gayot, the highly-respected, 44 year old “Guide to the Good Life,” has given two of its top awards to Scott Harvey Jana Cathedral: Top Steak Wine and Best Cabernet Sauvignon. In their September 2013 feature, “Best Wines for Pairing with a Steak”, the Cabernet Sauvignon received the highest score of all 10 wines highlighted by Gayot.

2005 Jana Cathedral - Selected as Top Steak Wine

2005 Jana Cathedral –
Selected as Top Steak Wine

“The 2005 Cathedral definitely wows upon entry,” the review begins. “Its intense, concentrated fruit flavors boast plenty of complexity and show an excellent balance of acidity and tannin. Match Cathedral with perfectly marbled wagyu beef or dry-aged Angus steaks.”

Gayot also chose the Cabernet Sauvignon from Scott Harvey Wines for “The Best Cabernet Sauvignons in the World.” Here, they reviewed 76 reviewed Cabernets from all corners of the world. Only 5 of the 76 selected received a higher score. Jana 2005 Cathedral finds itself in very good company, including: Joseph Phelps Vineyards 2006 Insignia, Staglin Family Vineyard 2008, Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Duckhorn Vineyards 2004 Estate Grown Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, and Chateau Montelena 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon.

“Receiving these honors is wonderful, of course,” said winemaker Scott Harvey, “but most of all, Jana Cathedral is a fun wine to craft. I believe in crafting Napa Valley Cabernets the way they used to be crafted back in the 1950s and 60s, and that’s at below 14% alcohol with a good lower pH that will make the wine last for years and years. That will also make the wine delicate enough that it will go well with food without overpowering it.” [click to continue…]


Latest awards for Scott Harvey Wines confirm that lower alcohol wine appeals to wine enthusiasts and judges. According to Napa Valley winemaker, Scott Harvey, balance is the key to winemaking.

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Lower alcohol wine represents Napa Valley Winemaker Scott Harvey’s commitment to making wine that is drinkable, enjoyable, and enhances good food. At last, new tastes in wine are catching up to Scott Harvey’s training.

The winemaker is not alone in his views about the superiority of lower alcohol wines. According to Richard Halstead, CEO of global market research Wine Intelligence, “Alcoholic strength of wine is an issue that consumers take seriously across the world.” According to Drinks International, “there has been widespread criticism of 15.5% alcohol blockbusters and requests for winemakers to aim lower.”

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Scott Harvey Highlights for 2012

by Jana Harvey on December 28, 2012

What a terrific year we’ve had spending time with our Wine Club members and customers.  As the year draws to a close, we’ve been reminiscing on some of the great times we shared.

The grape stomp at the Norton Vineyard (Old Vine Zinfandel vineyard) was a standout.  What amazing competitors we had.


The Victors

The Victors

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The then and now of Grape Stomping

by Jana Harvey on October 5, 2010

Those of us who are Baby Boomers have etched in our memories the image of Lucy and Ethel stomping grapes in large wooden vats. For many of us, it’s the epitome of winemaking. Life throws many challenges at winemakers as we wrestle with transforming those beautiful grapes into a wonderful bottle of wine.

This year, at our Scott Harvey Grape Stomping Competition at our home in Napa Valley, the competitors got down and dirty for the title of Grand Stompers. Thirty-five competitors vied for the title and most looked a bit like Lucy and Ethel – their faces, arms, feet and legs were spattered with bright red grape juice. Scott got the brilliant idea to use alicante bouschet donated by Martella Vineyards of Amador County–one of the few varietals that run red juice. This made for a very dramatic effect for the stompers.There were probably lots of red feet the next day.  Grape stomp 032

Techniques varied and foot sizes were measured. Many who won were convinced that the scrapers were actually the most important. Several fouls were called on those who tried to tilt their barrels or use their hands instead of their feet. At the finals, four barrels with eight competitors were a study of technique. Many were convinced right up to the end that they were winning – their hopes dashed by a couple of tiny, feisty young women from San Francisco.

Well people still tread grapes by foot today although many regions have outlawed it for health reasons. Foot treading has been around almost as long as wine and has certain advantages. When you are in the vat treading the grapes you can feel the clumps and break them up avoiding hot spots in the must and your foot has a different motion mechanical crusher destemmer which is essentially a giant auger.

The art and science of viticulture is thousands of years old and grape stomping was an important processes in the creation of wine for many civilizations. Over the centuries, crushing was done by foot with people stomping (or treading) the grapes to crush open the fruit. From ancient Egypt on, artifacts such as treading vessels have been found.

In Mesopotamia, the area of present day Iraq between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, grapes were first cultivated and viniculture first practiced 5000 years ago. The Code of Humarabi, inscribed about 4000 years ago, was earth’s first written code of law and this code contains edicts governing the making and selling of wine.

During the time of Pharaohs, the god Osiris, who was considered as the son of Earth and Heaven, was being worshiped by the ancient Egyptians. They linked his yearly resurrection to the blooming and budding grapevines every year. Nile River was another thing that was being worshiped by them because of its priceless gift of rich, fertile soil just after flooded over its banks and receded. The Egyptians discovered that they could cultivate flourishing grapevines utilizing this opportunity.

The Greeks became the first recorded people in history to plant commercial vineyards and market their wine in other countries, around 3500 years ago. There is documentation that in ancient Greece, the Greeks stomped while listening to a flute.   The Greeks in order to maintain balance would hold onto overhead ropes or supports.  Obviously, labor costs became very high utilizing this method. The advent of industrial age with its new technology rendered the practice almost extinct, except for festivals and the making of some ports. The Romans borrowed and adapted much of Greek culture to their own as they conquered the older culture. Viticulture was included in this legacy of Greece to Rome. As the Roman Empire grew, viniculture grew with it, vineyards being planted in areas which were to become the modern nations of France, Germany, Italy, and England. Many of the vineyards established under Roman rule are still wine producing areas today.

Roman might failed in 476 AD, the empire falling to Germanic invasion. Europe suffered a major setback both politically and scientifically, with institutions and learning coming to a halt. Viticulture survived this catastrophe because of the importance of wine in the newly ascendant Christian religion. Monks helped preserve the methods of winemaking and the vineyards necessary to practice it.

In ancient times, good drinking water was a thing that can’t be found anywhere and as people needed to drink something with their meals, a wonderful alternative was wine. Several indications like markings on tomb walls and stone tables were found of producing wine in Mesopotamia as far earlier as 6000 B.C. The wine that was produced by the Mesopotamians was possibly very rough compared to recent wines that we drink at present, but it was lot better than the available drinking water. In learning how to make homemade wine, it is important to know who first produced wine and learn how far it has come.

With the advancement of technological procedures, the industry of winemaking developed better techniques for production, which generated better and various kinds of wines. New techniques of storage such as refrigeration produced a brand new process. The process of fermentation could be controlled by changing temperatures at decisive times. All these procedures results better wines.

Watch the fun!


Scott, Bill (our harvest intern)  and I arrived today at the picking site on Lodi Lane in St. Helena to the happy sounds of the pickers singing.  Since this was my first sauvignon blanc harvest, I asked the vineyard manager why they were so happy.  He told me the pickers like Sauvignon Blanc.  They get paid by weight and Sauvignon Blanc is heavy. It grows in tight clusters close to the shoots which makes it messy and sticky but they didn't seem to mind–this was going to be a lucrative day for them.

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This was quite an exciting day for me because my favorite white wine is Sauvignon Blanc. Being German trained, Scott's is Riesling–that's why at one point we were making 4 Rieslings. (We are now paring it down to two). A few months ago, my friends and I were tasting a Sauvignon Blanc Scott made for another winery–Astrale e Terra and we were amazed how delicious it was.  It was our friend, Suzy, who had been in the wine business for over twenty years, that convinced Scott he should be making that varietal for us, as well.  Lo and behold, we were able to secure grapes from this terrific vineyard in the northern end of Napa Valley about a month ago–so it was meant to be. The wine will be under the Jana label since it's from Napa Valley and the Scott Harvey wines are from Amador.   Look for the 2010 Jana Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc to be released around March 2011.  I can't wait!



High Elevation Winemaking- seminar at Unified Grape Symposium

January 31, 2010

Scott was asked to be on a panel at the Unified symposium held in Sacramento last week.  This is the largest event of its kind in the western hemisphere.  11,000 people attended this event.  Below is a synopsis of Scott Harvey's comments on high altitude/high latitude grape growing.   I was first bitten by the […]

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Bringing in 2010 with the new Jana Blanc de Noir Brut Sparkling Wine

January 4, 2010

At 20 years old I served my winemaker apprenticeship in Germany's Rheinland Pfalz at a winery called K Fitz-Ritter.  It is the third oldest Sparkling Wine House in Germany and is still producing sparkling wine (known in German as Sekt) today.  Therefore, I have always been interested in producing a Napa Valley Sparkling Wine under our label.  The […]

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