Archive for November, 2011

Dungeness crab holiday dinner recipe to welcome crab season

by on November 30, 2011 in From the Kitchen


Get your salt water ready. It’s time to boil. After almost two weeks of strikes, California fisherman finally struck a deal on pricing this week, and Dungeness crab is expected to arrive in markets before the weekend. To celebrate the unofficial-official start to crab season, we’re sharing two recipes from Jordan Executive Chef Todd Knoll to inspire [...]

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Chardonnay batonnage demonstration barrel: winemaking in action

by on November 22, 2011 in From the Cellar


Have you ever wanted to see what happens inside a wine barrel? You’re not alone. Last summer, our Guest Services staff asked us if it would be possible to create a special see-through barrel, so trade tour and tasting guests could get an inside look at the old-world winemaking art of batonnage. I worked with one of our local cooperages to create Jordan’s first demonstration [...]

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Pumpkin desserts reinvented and other sweet recipes for the holidays

by on November 16, 2011 in From the Kitchen

Pumpkin Pie with Fresh Whipped Cream and Pumpkin Seed Mousse

Executive Chef Todd Knoll has been on vacation for a few weeks, so we asked our baker extraordinaire, Cristina Valencia, to share some easy dessert recipe ideas for your Thanksgiving dinner table [...]

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Food photography shoot: behind the scenes with Matt Armendariz

by on November 6, 2011 in News

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Last year, we hired legendary food photographer Matt Armendariz to capture gorgeous food, wine and hospitality photographs for the 2011 edition of our annual newsletter, Estate Tales. We loved working with him and were so impressed with his photography skills (as expected) that we invited him back to help us develop the stories for our [...]

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Remembering Barney Jordan (1998-2011)

by on November 2, 2011 in From the Heart

barney and clyde

Clyde (left) and Barney were inseparable during their lives at Jordan.   Today, we had to say goodbye to another beloved pygmy goat, Barney–the other half of our dynamic landscaping duo, Barney and Clyde. His death comes almost one year to the day that we laid to rest Clyde, who passed away October 29, 2010. Director [...]

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