From the Land

Our long road to solar power: the American way

by on July 11, 2012 in Featured, From the Land

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Prior to installing the new solar arrays we unveiled here last week, Jordan chose to focus our efforts on a six-year program to reduce our energy consumption to the lowest possible level before going solar. I felt strongly about reducing our energy use before converting to solar power. In the rush to get off the [...]

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Hillside solar array installation: time lapse video, photos

by on July 5, 2012 in Featured, From the Land

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After six years of reducing our carbon footprint, we’re thrilled to announce that Jordan Vineyard & Winery is now powered by the sun. Stellar Energy just completed installation on a 454-Kilowatt solar-photovoltaic array on a steep hillside behind the winery. It consists of 1,932 modules composed of 100% American made equipment—quite uncommon in this country [...]

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Jordan Winery achieves Fish Friendly Farming sustainable certification

by on April 9, 2012 in From the Land, News

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Jordan Vineyard & Winery is now Fish Friendly Farming® certified. Fish Friendly Farming® is a sustainable certification program for agricultural properties that are managed to restore fish and wildlife habitat and improve water quality. These practices help protect endangered coho salmon and steelhead trout that live in the watersheds of Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino, Solano and [...]

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Video: reducing our energy consumption first

by on January 22, 2012 in From the Land

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Last fall, California Certified Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance and respected green business consultant John Garn approached us about collaborating on a video that would highlight our extensive energy efficiency efforts. In this video, I discuss the massive project to revamp our refrigeration and winery piping systems. Since 2006, we’ve been retrofitting the winery with the latest technology while preserving [...]

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New release video: 2010 Jordan Estate Extra Virgin Olive Oil

by on May 20, 2011 in From the Land, News

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The cool growing season in 2010 allowed us to produce what I believe is our best vintage of olive oil to date. In this 2010 Jordan Estate Extra Virgin Olive Oil tasting note video, I discuss the weather, fruit ripening and making of our latest vintage, as well as the award-winning oil’s flavors, texture and myriad uses in the kitchen. Released officially [...]

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Video: watch the 2010 California olive harvest in action

by on January 13, 2011 in From the Land

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Nearly 18 acres of olive trees are planted on the Jordan estate. All four varieties of olives (Frantoio, Leccino and Pendolino of Italian origin and the Spanish Arbequina) are blended to create our vintage-dated extra virgin olive oil, which is released each year at our Spring at Jordan event. Here are a few scenes from our [...]

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Our hands from tree to bottle: 2009 Extra Virgin Olive Oil

by on May 4, 2010 in From the Land, News

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Our 2009 Estate Extra Virgin Olive Oil released on Saturday, May 1, in conjunction with our Spring at Jordan event. This vintage has special significance to me because it shows our stylistic progression to a rounder mid-palate EVOO, thanks to the addition of more fruit from our young Arbequina trees. We also utilized an innovative mobile mill to [...]

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Pruning olive trees and reusing cuttings

by on March 31, 2010 in From the Land

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After the vineyard team finishes pruning grapevines each March, we move onto pruning 18 acres of olive trees planted on hillsides near Jordan’s two lakes. It takes just one minute to prune a grapevine, but an olive tree—due to its size and number of branches—requires 10 minutes of grooming to create proper shaping and light exposure, which ensures efficient picking [...]

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Creating a master blend: 2009 Jordan Extra Virgin Olive Oil

by on February 26, 2010 in From the Land

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Like winemaking, a critical step in crafting extra virgin olive oil is creating the master blend. One week after our EVOO is racked (see recent blog post), we re-taste each barrel drum of Arbequina, Frantoio, Leccino and Pendolino oil in preparation for our annual blending trial exercise. Yesterday, our consultant Kevin Rogers and I tasted three potential blends of [...]

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A week of rain: good news for Sonoma County vines, fish and residents

by on January 21, 2010 in From the Land

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Blue Heron at Jordan Estate’s lower lake   Over the last six days, our region has been blanketed with rain. Because the grapevines are currently dormant — and Sonoma County has experienced drought for four consecutive years — we welcome this heavy winter rainfall. While we’re pleased by these last series of storms, we continue [...]

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