The 2016 harvest is in full swing! As the fruit ripens we use a handful of indicators paired with a little intuition, to make decisions about what and when to harvest. The development of sugar and the conversion of acid, along with the individual aromatic and flavor components that develop all play a role in our decisions and all have an impact on the final result.
Roast chicken is one of my favorite things. Simple, yet flavorful it is a versatile and comfortable meal sure to please a variety of palates. And what better compliment to it, than Shady Lane Cellars hard apple cider. Check out the recipe below for a great Cider brined roast chicken that packs a powerful burst of flavor.
Like the old Alfred Hitchcock film, The Birds, we too have nightmare troubles with birds. We have learned to stave off damage by deterring them with nets that cover the vines and loud cannons and squawk machines that scare the birds away. The squawk machines mimic the sounds of aggressive birds and birds of prey to scare starlings away. Starlings are the birds that fly in large formations during this time of year, eating copious amounts of food to ready themselves for migration.
Let’s do it! Let’s get geeky and explore the science behind wine, because really that’s what’s going on in that lush glass of Pinot and that refreshing Riesling. Behind each bottle of wine is scads of plant physiology, biology, chemistry, biochemistry and maybe even a little physics. Join the wine geeks at Shady Lane for monthly installments as we dig deep into the pit of wine science and hopefully emerge with a glass in hand on the other side.
Whether you made it to the Small Plates event this year, or missed it, check out this great recipe for a delicious Pork Tostada served with jicama slaw, roasted corn and black bean salsa and grilled pineapple. Sure to be a crowd-pleaser at your next party!
Working with a regional compost supplier, we have come up with the special blend of compost, organic fertilizers, and other minerals important for soil health that is tailored to the needs of our vines. Check out our latest video and learn more abut what we do with compost!
Now, don't get too excited, we are going to briefly discuss the science behind sexual reproduction in wine grapes. This is a family-friendly blog, after all. This particular process is key to creating those delicious bottles of wine you enjoy because let's face it; we can't have wine without grapes. However, there are some interesting and unique aspects of reproduction in grapes.
Here at Shady Lane Cellars, we have a modest 3-acre plot of Blaufränkisch, otherwise known as Lemberger in Germany, and although our plot may be small, it produces wine with big personality. The Shady Lane Cellars Blaufränkisch is a dark red wine with layers of blueberry, blackberry, and mulberry fruit. A hint of black pepper and cedar spice finish this wine with aged, lush tannins and big mouthfeel.
Last month we discussed various soil types found in our vineyards, and you learned the importance of matching a plant with its favored soil type, as well as the impact a soil can have on a plant. This month we will learn a little about the different things we do to keep our soil healthy and productive.
Lastly, and most importantly have fun! If you have fun, your guests will have fun, and come on, that’s why you decided to do this in the first place. As the host you set the tone for your event. So this summer, take charge, plan ahead, invite your friends and make some memories because that is what life is all about!
You’ve taken the time to invite your friends over, prepare food and beverages, the space you are hosting in should feel like it was meant for the party. Take some time to put out any tables and chairs you might be using and set-up the bar. If you need to clean, do it a day or two in advance so the morning of you are not rushed. Using some candles and table cloths adds a nice element of sophistication. Don’t forget to pick up a small bouquet of flowers, or pull from your own garden, a simple centerpiece goes a long way.
As you plan, make sure to include a beverage plan, and know your guests’ preferences. Think about what you would like to provide (Beer and Wine is always a safe bet) and make sure you have enough for everyone, and enough to last. You also don’t want to encourage anyone to over-imbibe, but you want your guests to have a good time.
Each of our staff members play an important role in the daily workings of our vineyard and winery, and we think it’s about time you learn a little bit about some of them!
We caught up with our Assistant Tasting Room Manager, Nicole Thomas, and asked her a few questions about herself, her time with Shady Lane Cellars, and what’s ahead of her!
Think about what you would like to serve and write it out. Make a list of all the dishes you would like, and their ingredients. Shop in advance and prepare as much as you can ahead of time. Choosing dishes that can be prepared in advance will help you work less and enjoy the party more. Check the recipes below for some quick and easy crowd pleasers that can be prepared in advance.
Memorial Day kicks off the summer season Up North, and my favorite thing to do in the summer is entertain. Breaking bread (and drinking wine) with friends and family is a great way to stay connected, have fun and build memories. But cookouts aren’t just about hosting, it’s important to make sure you can be just as much a guest as the host. Stay tuned for great tips and some awesome recipes coming your way!