This gallery of vineyard photographs shows veraison of wine grapes in progress. The definition of veraison is the onset of ripening. This French word is used throughout the world’s vineyards to describe the color change […]
After a cold, soaking-wet winter that will go down in the record books, the vineyard soils began to dry and warm last month, signaling to the grapevines that it was time to wake from their […]
After a week-long wave of storms that dropped up to 20 inches of rain and 12 feet of snow, Northern California’s drought is officially over. According to the federal government’s U.S. Drought Monitor, January’s atmospheric […]
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After a weekend of heavy rain, our nineteenth estate olive harvest began in Alexander Valley under blue skies on November 1—exactly two months after the start of grape crush. The week of sunny, warm days […]
More than 350 members of the wine trade turned out at the annual Halloween at Jordan costume party last weekend. For this year’s theme, Sunken Treasure, we transformed the Winery Chateau into a seafaring world filled […]
After 40 years as winemaker at Jordan, 2012 ranks as the best vintage I’ve ever experienced. I thought I’d never see another vintage like that again, especially not this soon. But, 2016 was phenomenal—truly superb. […]
Hurry up and wait. August is the final mile of the marathon for cool-climate grapes like Chardonnay, and it’s usually the month with the hottest days, pushing the grapes to full ripeness before harvest. Usually. […]
Quality winemaking requires sacrifice. Every summer, in late July and early August, we begin the tedious (and melancholy) process of thinning grapes after veraison. Even in years like 2015 and 2016, when yields are low […]
Being situated in the center of the Bermuda Triangle isn’t a good thing. The center of the Healdsburg Cocktail Triangle, however, is a very different story, though nonetheless mysterious. Two bars recently opened near Jordan […]
July is always a colorful time in the vineyards. Red wine grapes begin their transition from hard, bitter and green to soft, ripe and purple–known as veraison. By the end of this week, we expect Cabernet Sauvignon, […]
This month, the grapevine berries have formed and are beginning to grow. This critical time in the development of the vine is called fruit set. As discussed in our recent spring flowering blog post, May weather was […]
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