Scott & Melanie Klann
Scott and Melanie Klann share a love for great wine and great food, so at Newsome Harlow, the two are married . . . both philosophically and literally. The interplay between food and wine is supremely important to both partners — Scott focusing on the grapes and Melanie on the gastronomy. After two decades in the winery business, dedicated to sustainable practices and their respective crafts, the couple has helped put Calaveras County on the map with Melanie’s culinary creativity and Scott’s expertly crafted artisan wines.
Together, the couple’s talents come together in a sensual, symbiotic pairing that embodies Bacchanalian hedonism at its finest — the kind that brings together wine, food, friends and copious amounts of laughter. In this spirit, the pair began their own label, Newsome Harlow, in 2000 with a couple of partners and a small batch of wines crafted from premium Calaveras County grapes. The name Newsome Harlow is the combination of the maiden names of Scott and his original partner, Mark Skenfield, a long time Calaveras resident and vineyard manager. Their first vintage — a mere 150 cases — was sold exclusively to those on the winery’s mailing list. Nearly 20 years later, Newsome Harlow is recognized as having some of the best wines in Calaveras, and produces over 5,000 cases of Syrah, Petite Sirah, Sauvignon Blanc and five signature Zinfandels that sell out each year.