The life of a true cork dork: cork harvesting, making, quality testing

by on June 2, 2011 in From the Cellar

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I guess you could say all winemakers are “cork dorks,” but since my job also entails overseeing the bottling of our wines every June, I must confess that I’m also a dork about the corks that go into Jordan wine. (Or as Rob likes to call me, The Cork Czar.) Our first bottles of 2009 Jordan [...]

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Selecting oak barrels for Cabernet Sauvignon: no recipes, no bias

by on March 17, 2011 in From the Cellar

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Every fall, we begin the meticulous process of selecting oak barrels for our youngest vintage of Cabernet Sauvignon. Unlike many wineries, we don’t follow a recipe for which types of barrels we purchase each year. Barrel selection decisions–from country of origin (French or American) and forest source, to cooperage, toast level and even age of [...]

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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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Creating the Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon barrel blend

by on December 19, 2009 in From the Cellar

As the year winds down and the holidays approach, harvest still seems fresh in the minds of the production team. Crafting the final blend of Cabernet before it is transferred to barrels might seem like a pivotal step in the artistry of winemaking for the new vintage, but in fact, it is a quick tasting of [...]

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