Archive for April, 2010

A Mother’s Day gift idea with thought and longevity

by on April 29, 2010 in Events, From the Heart

todd and nista

Todd and I started a tradition many years ago of collecting salt water from seas and oceans to make homemade sea salt: an affordable (costs nothing) but very memorable souvenir from our annual vacations. Making your own sea salt is quite simple; it just takes a little planning to make capturing salt water a tiny part of [...]

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Live virtual tasting to celebrate Twitter’s #WineryWeek

by on April 23, 2010 in Events

Click below to watch the live chat with John Jordan at 4 p.m. PST on Friday, April 23, 2010 to celebrate the close of Twitter #WineryWeek. Ask questions or make comments here. Follow the #WineryWeek conversation on Twitter: Get the Jordan Winery (jordanwinery) on Twitter widget and many other great free widgets at Widgetbox! Not [...]

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EVOO recipe contest winner announced

by on April 21, 2010 in Events, News

Thanks to all who entered our first recipe contest, inspired by the May 1 release of our 2009 Jordan Estate Extra Virgin Olive Oil. And the winning recipe our judges selected is … Due to availability of seasonal lettuces, vegetables and seafood, we added (and substituted) a few ingredients in Chef Woody’s dish. I hope he doesn’t [...]

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Budbreak video: a look at the start of our season

by on April 19, 2010 in From the Vineyards

The 2010 growing season officially began in late March when our Merlot vineyard blocks on the Estate experienced budbreak. Protecting these newborn plants from morning frost keeps our vineyard team on alert through mid-May. The Sonoma County Winegrape Commission created a great video about the life of a vine, beginning with pruning. Here’s an advance [...]

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Cooperage trial tastings: which barrel producers make the cut

by on April 15, 2010 in From the Cellar

Twice a year our winemaking team spends several weeks conducting a series of blind tastings to assess the merits of each cooperage from which we source barrels. Although we only work with the finest coopers, we still believe it’s important to test their performance every year to ensure the quality and consistency of the oak [...]

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Spring growing season update from our garden

by on April 9, 2010 in From the Kitchen

Ideal spring weather in Alexander Valley has already afforded us an exciting harvest of lettuces, onions, strawberries and herbs, as well as near-perfect blooms on our fruit trees and impressive growth of our raspberry bushes. In this video, I discuss what’s happening this month in our garden behind the winery, including our tree-grafting experiments, which [...]

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Visiting Jordan: new cheese pairings

by on April 7, 2010 in From the Kitchen, News

Guests who visit the Jordan estate to experience our tours and tastings sample little tastes from our kitchen to complement Jordan Chardonnay, followed by artisanal cheeses paired with two vintages of Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon. When we changed our Chardonnay pairing tastes in March (see previous blog post), I also decided to select a few new artisanal American cheeses to serve with our current [...]

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Springtime snow on the mountains

by on April 2, 2010 in From the Vineyards

An interesting cold front lingered over the Alexander Valley and its vineyards earlier this week. Geyser Peak (3,455 feet elevation) and the surrounding mountains were dusted with snow, high above the vineyards on the valley floor–most of which recently underwent budbreak. We were a little nervous about the buds being harmed by frosts, but luckily [...]

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