Saturday, February 13, 2010

Tanis Vineyards

Tanis Vineyards is a small boutique winery in Amador County, CA. We are located at 13120 Willow Creek Road in Ione, CA 95640. We produce around 800 cases per year of distinctive and delicious varietals such as Primitivo, Zinfandel, Barbera, Sangiovese, Syrah, Petite Sirah, Mourvedre, Tempranillo, Pinotage, our TNT Red Blend, and more.

For more information visit Tanis Vineyards at We are currently posting all blogs and other information at that location. Stop by and see us in the tasting room and enjoy some fabulous wine and lively conversation with the winemaker.

We are open SAT-SUN 10am-5:30pm. Hope to see you soon!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Wine & Recipes at TANIS Vineyards!

Well, our friend Mark from Southpaw Catering has done it again!

We spent a wonderful evening with Mark and friends, pairing delicious food and exceptional new Tanis wines. Here for your enjoyment are two of our favorite recipes of the evening... "Encore Tenderloin Kabobs" and "Halibut in Sicilian Sauce!"

Encore Tenderloin Kabobs:
(Exellent with Tanis 2006 Barbera or Tanis 2006 Cabernet Franc)

1 - 1 1/2 lbs Cubed Tenderloin or Eye Fillet
6-8 Tbs Sesame Oil
2 Tbs toasted sesame seeds
12oz Teriyaki Baste and Glaze
Skewers soaked in water

Directions: Soak skewers in water. Place cubed beef in bowl and add all the sesame oil and seeds. cover and let stand at room temperature for 20-30 minutes. Skewer meat. Fire the grill up and place skewers on grill. Baste meat constantly with teriyaki sauce. Grill 5-10 minutes and let rest for 5 minutes. Serve.

Tanis 2006 Blushing Beauty Rose is now ready!
This is such an elegant and dry Rose! (I just love the color!) Shown here without a label, but being dressed by Andrew as I write! You're sure to enjoy this one immensely with the Pacific Halibut in Sicilian Sauce:

Halibut in Sicilian Sauce:
(Delicious with Tanis Blushing Beauty Rose)

1/4 cup flour
salt and fresh ground black pepper
1 (1 inch thick) halibut fillet (about 8 oz)
3 TBS extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 small onion, chopped
1 celery stalk, chopped
1/2 cup peeled, seeded and chopped tomatoes (optional)
2 TBS green olives, pitted and chopped
2 TBS pine nuts, toasted
2 TBS raisins, plumped in hot water
1 TBS capers, rinsed
1 clove garlic, finely minced
1/4 cup Tanis Blushing Beauty Rose

Directions: Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Lightly oil a baking dish that will fit your fillet. On a flat plate, stir together the flour with a little salt and pepper and dredge the fish in the seasoned flour and shake off excess.

In saute pan, heat about 1 TBS oil, or as needed to form a film in the pan, over medium-high heat. Saute the fish on both sides until lightly colored. With a slotted spatula, remove fish to the prepared baking dish.

In the same saute pan, heat 2 TBS olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and celery and saute until soft and pale golden, about 10 minutes. Add tomatoes, and simmer for 3 minutes to thicken slightly. Add olives, pine nuts, raisins, capers, garlic, and wine and simmer for 8-10 minutes to blend the flavors. Taste and adjust the seasoning.

Ladle the sauce over the fish. Bake until the fish tests done with the point of a knife, about 10 minutes. Eat while hot or warm.

Enjoy these recipes and a bottle of TANIS wine with some special friends! If you're like us, you may even like to end the evening off with a glass of TANIS 2006 Barbera and a bit of Karaoke! (another excellent pairing) We do have fun!

UPDATE: That last barrel of Tanis 2006 Barbera is now bottled and will be ready to release in the next few weeks. We'll keep you posted! We have taken numerous pre-orders. If you'd like us to set a few bottles or cases aside for you just give us a call or email. This Barbera may not make it to the tasting bar. Those of you who tried the first release of the 06 Barbera know how big and jammy it was. This barrel is as good, if not better!

Final Thoughts...

Tanis Vineyard's HCO (Head of Corking Operations), points out the mark of truly handcrafted, premium, small-lot wines. The dimple in this Tanis cork shows that this bottle didn't touch an assembly line machine. It's all done by hand! (He would know!)

Newest TANIS Photos Online...
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Come and see us soon!!!

Thursday, April 23, 2009


Spring has arrived and the poppies are popping up profusely on our little rural road. Along with the spring flowers, an awesome new wine is also in full bloom and ready for picking here at Tanis Vineyards! The 2006 Cabernet Franc is ready! Several weeks in the bottle, this wine is definitely through bottle shock and it is DELICIOUS!

Next on the line-up, a blushing beauty. This year Andrew has perfected a dry Rose that's perfect for a warm day or night. Fresh and light with the fruity characteristics of the reds it's made from (Mourvedre, Grenache and Cabernet Franc), this is the perfect wine to pour with a range of hors d'oeuvres or for before dinner sipping. In the bottle and ready to drink, this delicious light wine is amber-pink! It will be available as soon as it's labeled!

Experience the beauty of Spring with a leisurely drive to our tasting room, where you can relax and enjoy some wonderful wine. Andrew is almost always on site. You'll enjoy visiting with him as much as you enjoy the tasting!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009


The winter rains have been blessing the earth, but as the clouds clear up it feels like spring around Tanis Vineyards and some special things have been happening! The weekend before Valentine's Day, Steve and Kari (big Tanis Cabernet Franc fans!) came by the winery... but it was no ordinary visit.

Several weeks earlier, Steve had contacted us about the possibility of a specialty label...a very SPECIAL specialty label! With excitement, preparations were made.

And so at the end of their tasting, Steve calmly asked the question that was to trigger Andrew handing him the "very limited edition" wine bottle. You can imagine how overwhelmed and surprised Kari was when Steve got down on one knee and held the bottle up for her to read, "Kari, Will You Marry Me?"

And her answer? ... "Of Course!" The special proposal bottle not only had the perfect question, it got the perfect answer and was the very first bottle of our (not yet released) Tanis 2006 Cabernet Franc, Kari's favorite!

We were so happy to share in this moment, and wish Steve and Kari the very best. May their days be blessed and their life be fruitful!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Important Update to Jan 24-25 Food & Wine Pairing

Hi friends, family, and faithful Tanis Wine fans! Thank you again for being a part of our first exciting year.

We have some unfortunate news about the wine and food pairing weekend that was scheduled for January 24-25. We've run into a glitch with local government conditions prohibiting food service, and have been made aware that offering food service will require a special permit. In an effort to cooperate with the powers that be, we must sadly cancel the food pairing.

But we WILL still be here at the winery and would LOVE to see you and appreciate your support in 2009! Although we are not having an 'event', Andrew & I will definitely still be 'celebrating' our first year as we enjoy the weekend in the tasting room, visiting and enjoying some fabulous wine and friendly folks. I'll have copies of the recipes for the foods that paired so well with our Tanis wines, so you can experiment at home! My favorite was the Cocoa-Rubbed Pork! It's amazing with the Barbera!

We will still have samples of our specialty wine gift chocolates out Jan 24-25 and the entire month of February, as part of our normal operations.

Life is full of challenges, but like our label says, they can certainly produce perseverance and character if we let them. So we'll press on into year 2 of our possibly crazy and definitely daring winery adventure, and see what 2009 has in store! We hope it's a wonderful year for you and yours, and we hope you can join us for a few delicious downtime moments in the near future.

Thank you again!

Jill & Andrew

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Wine & Chocolate at TANIS Vineyards!

Well, 2008 was a wild ride! ...and Tanis Vineyards has been open for one year at the end of this month! Thanks to all of you who stopped by for wine tasting this past year. We're glad you were able to be a part of our beginnings. To celebrate, we're bringing back Chef Mark Ballard of South Paw Catering and providing food and wine pairings the weekend of January 24th-25th. Please join us at the winery for a fun time!

In February, join us for Chocolate & Wine pairing the weekends of February 7th-8th and Valentine's Day weekend the 14th-15th. We'll be pairing delicious 2006 Tanis releases with specialty chocolates like Tanis TNT Jamaican Jerk seasoned "Dynamite Explosion," Chocolate Covered "Cherry-Bomb Poppers," and our "TNT Tremors" Chocolate Covered Espresso Beans!

For those of you who have not tried our 2006 Barbera yet, we can't wait to share it with you! It'll knock your socks off!

Looking forward to seeing you soon!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Institution of Civil Engineers 2008 'Americas' Convention features TANIS wines!

TANIS Vineyards was recently designated "The Official Wine of the United Kingdom Institution of Civil Engineers 2008 Americas Convention on Sustainability!"

The 2008 Convention in Las Vegas was the first ever ICE Regional Convention to be held in the Americas, where a range of high-profile speakers from across the Western Hemisphere presented and discussed important sustainability issues facing the world today. Topics included the Engineer's role as we enter the ecological age, as well as California's water issues and how to manage crisis and opportunity.

We were honored to have our wines at this exciting Convention!

Thank you ICE for the privilege!

Friday, September 26, 2008

2006 REDS Released! Primitivo, Pinotage, Petite Sirah, and Petite Sirah Port!

Lots of exciting things have been happening around TANIS Vineyards. Harvest is here and things are CRAZY!!! : ) But we're still having fun!

Are you ready for some awesome REDS yet? October 4th and 5th we are releasing FOUR of our 2006 dark, rich, hearty reds...Primitivo (maybe even BETTER than the 2005!), Pinotage (dark and CHEWY), Petite Sirah (Exquisite) and our Petite Sirah Port (this one STAINS the glass!).

The weekend of October 4th and 5th is the BIG CRUSH weekend event in Amador County. If you like a fun and upbeat crowd this is a great time to come. If you'd prefer to visit us on a quieter day, maybe you'd like the weekend or two after Big Crush. Either way, we are REALLY looking forward to sharing our newly released wines with you! You're going to love them!

Another FUN ANNOUNCEMENT... TANIS Vineyards has been featured in the new online wine magazine ! The article is titled "My Sweet Baby Syrah, TANIS Vineyards Birth of a Winery." VinoPrimo plans to follow our story over the coming year and possibly beyond. Visit this great new online magazine site at! Read our story and check out this fun new magazine!