Archive for October, 2012

Festivus Maximus event photos: Halloween costume party ideas

by on October 29, 2012 in Events, Featured

Festivus Maximus Gladiator Party Jordan Winery

If you’re still trying to decide what to wear this Halloween, perhaps our Festivus Maximus party photo album will give you some costume ideas. Hosted on October 20, Festivus Maximus at Jordan brought together 300 sommeliers, chefs, restaurateurs, retailers, distributors and journalists from across the country for a bacchanalian revelry inspired by ancient Rome. You [...]

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Halloween party cocktail recipe idea: Neptune’s Demise

by on October 24, 2012 in Events, Featured

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John Jordan has become notorious for his annual Halloween at Jordan costume parties, hosted each October for members of the restaurant and retail wine trade, as well as press. This year’s event was dubbed Festivus Maximus–a tribute to warriors, gladiators and goddesses of ancient Roman times. Estate Sommelier Pete Yen creates specialty cocktails to complement each year’s party theme, and [...]

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Behind the scenes with food photographer Matt Armendariz

by on October 19, 2012 in Featured, From the Kitchen

Food photographer Matt Armendariz

Photographer Matt Armendariz visited us recently to capture special moments for our 2013 edition of Estate Tales. Erin created a behind-the-scenes video of Matt’s three-day photo shoot, which Matt also posted over at his award-winning blog, We hope you enjoy this look inside the creative process for our annual magazine. Make sure to subscribe [...]

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Understanding élevage: the raising of our 2012 Chardonnay

by on October 17, 2012 in Featured, From the Cellar

Chardonnay racking and aeration

Chardonnay élevage has begun in our cellars, and it brings back special memories for me. During my time in Burgundy working with the winemaking team at the Maison Joseph Drouhin in Beaune, I was specifically tasked with the responsibility of monitoring the fermentations of more than 1,000 barrels of Chardonnay from roughly 90 individual vineyard blocks along [...]

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2012 vintage grape harvest report: fast, big and beautiful

by on October 15, 2012 in Featured, From the Cellar, From the Vineyards


Our first harvest report of the 2012 vintage is in. The verdict? Phenomenal. The first few weeks of crush were fast and furious, with Chardonnay, Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes arriving at the hopper often on the same day. After two vintages with smaller crops and more challenging weather patterns, 2012 is proving to [...]

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Watch our Chardonnay grapes being harvested at night

by on October 12, 2012 in Featured, From the Vineyards


Experiencing night harvest is a rush for anyone who loves wine grapes. You can see your breath, the grapes are cold and the air thick with fog. I stopped by one of our top Chardonnay vineyards on October 3 during the night harvest and joined the picking crew, who’d been hard at work since 3 a.m. Those [...]

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Grape sampling: a critical winemaking step during harvest

by on October 5, 2012 in Featured, From the Vineyards

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Perhaps the biggest make-or-break decision made by a winemaker each vintage is deciding when to harvest the grapes. The chemistry of the freshly picked grapes largely determines the potential of a wine’s greatness, as well as the amount of work and attention needed in the winery to coax the wine to that elite quality level. There are [...]

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Photo contest winners announced

by on October 3, 2012 in Featured, News

Drink and Paint! by James Warren - Grand Award

What Would You Pair with Jordan Wine? photo contest winners have been selected. And the finalists are: GRAND PRIZE ~ Drink and Paint! by James Warren of Florida “We really enjoyed our visit to the Jordan property a few months ago. Inspired us to dabble with paint on canvas. I was messing around with my [...]

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Let the night harvesting begin

by on October 2, 2012 in Featured, From the Vineyards, News


After two weekends of warmer temperatures, the 2012 grape harvest has kicked into high gear. If you’ve been following our blog, you may have seen some of our night harvesting videos from the last two vintages. It’s the first week of October, and this year’s first night harvest video will hopefully get you in the Halloween [...]

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Meet Jordan’s New Director of Wine

by on October 1, 2012 in Featured, News


Greg Miller has joined the Jordan family as our Director of Wine–a new position replacing Ronald Du Preez, who has moved on to start his own winemaking consulting business. You may have already read Greg’s 2012 harvest posts about sorting tables and the art of Chardonnay press cuts, but we wanted to take a moment [...]

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