Christmas decorations for your holiday dinner table

by on December 17, 2013 in Featured, From the Heart

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The towering oak trees of Jordan Estate–with their evergreen foliage and swaying moss–were my inspiration for this holiday dinner table. Although this tablescape brings a hint of Christmas decorations to your dinner party, it’s also a subtle way to bring California wine country to your home during the winter months. The natural beauty of the [...]

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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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Spring at Jordan event: photo and video highlights

by on June 6, 2012 in Events, Featured

ladies hats party wine country pouring

More than 200 guests donned their favorite party hats, dresses and spring suits at A Kentucky Classic Spring at Jordan, our new release party held on Saturday, May 19. For this year’s event, I decided to transform the winery lawns and terrace into a Kentucky Derby-inspired affair, replete with a quarter horse and jockey, live [...]

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A fun, festive Easter dinner table centerpiece idea

by on March 30, 2012 in From the Heart

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Looking for a fun, festive way to decorate your Easter dinner table? Todd and I were discussing holiday table centerpiece ideas over dinner one night and came up with this colorful arrangement that brings the spirit of hunting for Easter eggs to your table. The ground cover (grass or flowering thyme) can be purchased at [...]

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Valentine’s Day gift wrapping ideas: scarves turn one gift into two

by on January 29, 2012 in From the Heart

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How you wrap a Valentine’s Day gift can be just as thoughtful as the gift itself–or even more so with a little creativity. In this video, I’ll show you inventive ways to use scarves for gift wrapping presents, whether giving your loved one chocolates or even a bottle of wine. A scarf wrap looks more [...]

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Dinner party ideas: a simple, fresh edible centerpiece from the garden

by on August 8, 2011 in From the Kitchen

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Summer is my favorite season because it makes throwing dinner parties so easy. Step into a garden or farmer’s market, and you have all the inspiration (and ingredients) you’ll need to entertain guests outdoors in wine country style. One of my newest table decor ideas is the edible centerpiece–a simple, elegant design that doubles as a healthy, colorful first course. Our friends at Taste of [...]

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Valentine’s Day gift ideas: flowers and tips for ordering from a florist

by on February 7, 2011 in From the Heart

nitsa knoll floral design

Flowers are the obvious choice for a Valentine’s Day gift. In this week’s video, I give a few tips for making your floral gift personal, memorable and romantic. Choosing flowers based on their meaning is one way to make the bouquet sentimental. Venturing away from the traditional rose by asking your florist which single color [...]

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Halloween party ideas: flowers, appetizers, cocktails, recipes

by on October 8, 2010 in Events, From the Kitchen

todd and manuel, jordan winery chefs

A month before John Jordan’s private Halloween bash, it’s time to create new appetizers and drink cocktails for the party menu.  Todd and I always meet in the kitchen with our Sous Chef, Manuel, and spend the entire morning testing all the different recipes we’ve been brainstorming for months. This year, we decided to capture [...]

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How to make sea salt: a Mother’s Day travel gift idea

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

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You can preserve your travel memories through homemade salt using our sea salt recipe, which has been featured in Saveur magazine. 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 [...]

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Helping The Salvation Army in a culinary pinch

by on February 11, 2010 in From the Kitchen

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During dinner service last night, John Jordan received a call from one of his colleagues at the local Salvation Army. Watch a quick video to find out what happened and why I decided to work in the Jordan kitchen on my day off.

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