Archive for July, 2010

Traveler’s tip: new restaurants, hotel, and bars in Healdsburg and Geyserville

by on July 28, 2010 in News

Looking for the latest openings on the Northern Sonoma wine trail? The town of Healdsburg serves as the nucleus for three key—and very diverse—Sonoma County wine regions: Alexander Valley, Dry Creek Valley and Russian River Valley. Once tucked in the shadow of Sonoma and St. Helena, our quaint wine country town has been getting a [...]

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Video: Composting at our vineyard + DIY tips

by on July 26, 2010 in From the Vineyards

Composting is an integral part of our farming practices as a sustainable winery. We began applying compost to our estate vineyards in 2004 and making our own compost pile on the property the following year (video tips below). A natural fertilizer, compost promotes vine and soil health. Healthy grapevines yield higher quality fruit desired to [...]

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Video: Sending our children off to college (AKA bottling wine)

by on July 14, 2010 in From the Cellar

A common perception of winery life during the summer is that the work prior to the harvest is calm, relaxed: the wines are resting peacefully in cask, the winemaker’s boots resting peacefully under the desk. I beg to differ. As Assistant Winemaker at Jordan, one of my primary responsibilities is to manage the entire bottling [...]

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Grapevine flowering video: how spring weather has influenced bloom and fruit set

by on July 1, 2010 in From the Vineyards

Wet, warm spring weather throughout April and May delayed flowering, or bloom, in our vineyards by two weeks. (While rainfall during spring was unseasonably high, overall rainfall levels for the year were ample and welcomed after several drought years.) When the warm weather finally arrived in early June, both Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon clusters bloomed [...]

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