Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Wine – to chill or to over chill

Now that we’re well into 2018 some of us are still working on fulfilling our New Year’s resolutions, while others have already abandoned them.  Our resolution is an easy one to keep.  Drink more wine!

So let’s make it count.  How can drinking wine culminate into an even more enjoyable experience?  The perfect wine and food pairing is a start to greater enjoyment, but what about something that can alter your experience entirely?  What about serving temperature?

In researching this topic, we found that many wine experts believe most people drink their red wine a little too warm and white wine much too cold.  Well, why should it really matter, and should it make that big of a difference?  As it turns out, it does make a whole lot of difference because the temperature of the wine can influence how it smells and tastes. 
For example, HRW’s dry oak-aged Chardonnay is best appreciated around 55 degrees, where the light oak taste comes through without dominating the creamy vanilla and spice aromas.  If it was served 10 degrees cooler, none of those subtle nuances would come through.

At the same time, the lovely apple and pear aromas of our semi-dry Pinot Grigio, Three Wise Guys, really stand out when it is served at 45 degrees.  The same goes for our semi-sweet Gimme One Good Riesling. If it was served any colder its mouthwatering crisp and fruity flavors would barely register on the tongue.  In fact, if you are serving white wine that is already chilled you should first take it out of the refrigerator, (which is usually set at or below 40 degrees), for 15 minutes. 

As far as reds, a common misconception is that they must be served at a warm room temperature. It turns out that red wine aficionados prefer a little chill to their red wine, and suggest actually chilling red wine in the refrigerator 15 – 20 minutes before uncorking it.
The lighter reds, (which are often blends, such as Knockin’ Heads Red or Crimes Against Vines), perform best when they are at the cooler end of the scale in the low 60’s. In fact, Crimes at 60 degrees will taste semi-sweet, but if chilled at 45 degrees it will taste quite sweet.

To enjoy the rich lushness of Cabernets and Zinfandels, however, one should serve them at around 62 – 65 degrees.  And, if possible, use an aerater, decanter, or even a wide mouth stemless glass to let these full-bodied reds breathe ahead of time.  This gives them more exposure to air, which unleashes their aromas and softens tannins, improving their overall flavor.

We recently introduced Harbor, a port-style wine, similar to a Ruby Port.
While many of us have always sipped ports and other fortified wines at a warmer room temperature it turns out that wine experts recommend that it be served at a cooler 60 degrees. 

Skeptical?  Try your favorite white and red at these different temperature spectrums and see what you think.  Let us know what you discover, and above all, enjoy!

The Door County Wine Fest is back and better than ever!


NEW location: Martin Park, Sturgeon Bay 

Wonderful, easy to navigate NEW layout 

Different weekend: June 30, 2018 

Join us on June 30, 2018 for the 3rd annual Door County Wine Fest in historic Sturgeon Bay’s Martin Park.   Sip and savor wines from each of the DC Wine Trail’s eight 
Wineries while sampling complimentary Wisconsin cheeses.   

After tasting the “grapeful” bounty, wander over to the wine bar where you can purchase a glass of your favorite wine.  Have fun hanging out or shaking a tail feather to live music on the main stage.    

Here’s the event schedule: 
12:45 pm - Ticket gates and apparel tent open. 
12:45 pm - Bar area open with live music. 
1:00 pm - Wine tasting tent open. 
1:00 pm - Live music begins on main stage. 
3:45 pm - Last call wine tasting tent. 
4:00 pm - Wine tasting tent closed. 
4:45 pm - Wine bar area & apparel tent closed. 

Sturgeon Bay has much to offer with its scenic waterfront, fabulous restaurants and 
superb shopping.   For more information, check out these links:  

Tickets On Sale Now!  
Purchase Here: 

Or better yet - 

Win Two Free Tickets from HRW! 
Enter by emailing a photo of you enjoying your favorite 
Harbor Ridge Wine 
now through February 28, 2018. Please give us your permission to post your picture on our Harbor Ridge Winery Facebook page.  Get your friends to like and share your photo to increase your chances of winning.  The most shared and liked photos will be entered into a drawing for the winning tickets.  Winners will be announced by March 1, 2018. (you must be at least 21 years old by June 30, 2018 to enter)

Email your photos to:  Good Luck!

Monday, February 27, 2017


The first Door County Wine Fest was such a hit with wine lovers like you that you’ll be glad to know it has been officially made an annual event. Mark your calendars for 2017 and let’s make it a date!

Saturday, June 24th: 1:00 – 5:00 pm
  • Taste wines from all eight Door County wineries
  • Music, food and free demonstrations to ticket holders 
  • Free parking at Harbor Ridge Winery 
  • FREE Shuttle to Fest
  • Purchase your tickets in advance and save $5.00 each. 

Tickets available at

 Don’t miss out on Harbor Ridge Winery's events 

 BEFORE and AFTER the Door County Wine Fest

 Wined Up!

Come join us on the patio at HRW to get yourselves Wined Up!

Friday, June 23rd 3:00 – 6:00 pm

  • Music and snacks on the patio
  • Sangria del Carmen will be flowing….cha cha cha!
  • Wine available by the glass or bottle and beer too!

Re-Wined the day after the Wine Fest at Harbor Ridge.

 Sunday, June 25th: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Show us your wrist band and receive 10% off six or more bottles of wine
  • Case specials
  • Free coffee 

Spring Brings Two New Wines

Cabernet Sauvignon – Napa Valley

For our Cabernet Sauvignon lovers, you’re in for a treat!  Harbor Ridge will be uncorking our long-awaited 2013 Napa Cab in March, the first of our new Ultra-Premium line of wines.  Only 201 cases have been produced, 15 of which will be placed in Reserve. 

2013 was an excellent year for Cabernet Sauvignon grapes in California’s Napa Valley and once you taste our new Ultra-premium Cabernet Sauvignon, you’ll surely agree.  Aged to perfection for 30 months in our French Hybrid oak barrels, it delights the senses with subtle spice and toasted vanilla aromas.  Ripe elderberries and dark stone fruit flavors swirl along with silky tannins, leading to a smooth and satisfying finish.

Price per bottle: $32
Special case price: $352 (a discount of $32!)

Bouquet Ros├ę

What better way to usher in Spring! Like a fragrant bouquet of flowers, this new semi-dry blend  of Marechal Foch, Sauvignon Blanc and Gewurztraminer will tantalize your tastebuds from the first fruity sip to its clean finish. A new favorite, the Crew at Harbor Ridge Winery gives this one two thumbs up!  

Price per bottle: $15
Special case price: $168, (a discount of $12)

Is it MAD to visit Door County in March? March Madness prevails...

For those of you snowbirds who have yet to experience our little corner of paradise in the winter, you are missing out! While there are too many reasons to list why one should visit Door County in March (and your favorite winery, Harbor Ridge, of course!), here are the Top three:

1) Yes, it may be a little bit cold and possibly snowy this time of year, but it is absolutely beautiful here.  Plus, there are tons of outdoor activities in which you can soak up the magic and wonder of the peninsula in winter.  Likewise, Door County offers a myriad of ways to enjoy the indoors.  Which leads to Reason #2:

2) Quiet. Ahhh…. No long lines anywhere, lodging rates are much lower than during the tourist season and quite a few businesses stay open all year long.  Take Harbor Ridge for instance.  We’re open 7 days a week, and during this time of year it’s wonderful to have a relaxing tasting and not be on a hurried time schedule.  Plus, we miss you and love having you visit!!

3) There’s also another reason to pay us a visit in March, and it has nothing to do with the weather. You guessed it; it’s MARCH MADNESS time, and exclusively for you, our loyal HRW Case Club members, it’s the only time we offer our Best Deal of the Year.  It’s one small way that we can show our great appreciation to you, our loyal customers.

It's March Madness!  March 1-April 2, 2017
Case Club Members ONLY

This year we offer TWO WAYS TO SAVE:

Visit Harbor Ridge Winery in Door County
For each case of wine purchased (12 bottles - Mix or Match)
  • Take $10 off
  • Two Free bottles of wine (up to $14 each)
  • Plus, two commemorative wine glasses (stemless or stemmed)
Order online - RIGHT HERE!
  • One case - get 5% off
  • Two or more cases - get 10% off
  • Plus, take $15 off your entire order
  • Use coupon code MARCH17 at checkout

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Ship Yourself Some Holiday Cheer!

It’s not too early to think about Holiday shopping, especially when it involves Holiday Cheer.  Now that we are able to ship to 36 states, HRW makes it super easy to order for yourself, as well as send Harbor Ridge wine to the vino lovers on your gift list.

Here’s a special online offer that is good through December 31, 2016

     Take $5.00 off your purchase of 6 – 11 bottles.
Use Code 6HOLIDAY16

    Take $10.00 off a purchase of 12 or more bottles.
This offer may be combined with a 5% discount for one case, or a 10% discount on two cases.
Use Code 12HOLIDAY16

  This offer is valid on line exclusively, so check out our website:

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

2016 introduced three new wines to the Harbor Ridge Winery lineup

We are truly gratified by the overwhelming positive response to our new wines and urge you to come taste them. All three wines will be available for sale exclusively at the winery until Spring 2017, or online:

 Crimes Against Vines, released in late June, was a real labor of love, as it was the first of our wines to have come from our very own Marquette grape vines on the property.  This tasty blend of Cabernet Franc and Marquette grapes, sweetened with Door County cherries, explodes with flavors of raspberry, dark plum, cherry and chocolate, and finishes with a hint of vanilla. Based on what you’ve been telling us, it’s a crime to not absolutely love this wine!
Early July brought Over the Falls, made from the oh, so sweet Niagara grape.  Fresh and fruity from start to finish, this new wine has already become one of our best sellers.
The last of our new wines, Two Rows Make a White, premiered in late July and was an instant hit with our visitors during the hot summer here in Door County.  The yin and yang blend of tart and tropical Vidal Blanc, and sweetly spicy Gew├╝rztraminer grapes both refresh and tantalize the taste buds.

                Hey, we’re just getting started!
In early 2017 Harbor Ridge Winery, will be releasing our first Premium Select Wine. How is this different from the rest of our wonderful wines?  Simply put, a Premium Select Wine is one that comes from an exceptional harvest of a specific varietal, aged in either our hybrid French/ American or Italian Garbelletto oak barrels for at least two years then bottled and stored several months before serving.  Once it is uncorked the end result is a superior quality wine well worth the wait!
Since each grape varietal is unique, each of our Premium Select Wines is distinctively different in the way it is crafted and in flavor.  All Premium Select wines will always be available in limited quantities. 

The first to premiere will be the Harbor Ridge 2013 Napa Cabernet Sauvignon.  We’ll fill you in on a secret: it is ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS!  2013 was a banner year for Napa Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, and we aged this sumptuous red for thirty months in our French/American barrels.  We’ll let you know when it is available for tasting and purchase, so make sure you hightail it over to the winery or our website when it’s officially available for sale. 
Next up will be our very first Port style wine made from our own Marquette Grapes, “The Harbor “. If history is any judge, like the rest of our fine wines, The Harbor will be yet another winner.  Stay tuned.
Lastly, we’ll be adding a new, highly anticipated semi-dry Rose` to our “fun label” line up sometime in the summer of 2017.