Winery newsletter comes to life with digital magazine technology

by on March 30, 2011 in News

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Our first newsletter, Estate Tales, debuted just before John Jordan took the reins about five years ago. The glossy, oversized, print publication has been a colorful way to share behind-the-scenes stories about the Jordan Estate with our daily winery guests and loyal customers. With the print world changing rapidly in recent years,  we’ve decided to give our 2011 edition of Estate Tales [...]

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A light, healthy recipe to celebrate spring: fava, tree blossom salad

by on March 27, 2011 in From the Kitchen

Fava and Tree Blossom Salad Recipe

The harbinger of spring on the Jordan Estate is the blossoming of our fruit trees. Our apple tree and fava bean blossoms inspired this light, healthy salad recipe to celebrate the new season. If you don’t have access to blossoms, other edible flowers may be substituted. Pairs beautifully with Jordan Chardonnay. Fava and Blossom Salad with Late Winter Citrus [...]

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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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Digital dining: winemaker videos on iPad wine lists in restaurants

by on February 27, 2011 in News

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If you read the New York Times or any newspaper that publishes Associated Press reports, you’ve probably heard about an exciting new technology trend in restaurants: iPad wine lists. Digital wine list tablets are adding a dynamic twist to learning about wine in a restaurant setting. Sommeliers are also attracted to iPads because specific apps offer improved efficiency and effectiveness [...]

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Batonnage: an old-world winemaking technique preserved each winter

by on February 23, 2011 in From the Cellar

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Each winter, our barrel cellar is filled with the sound of batons stirring our Chardonnay. The old-world winemaking technique of batonnage, or stirring of the lees, is practiced for every vintage of Jordan Chardonnay. It’s a beautiful cadence that is truly music to a winemaker’s ears. Batonnage is a wonderful tool for winemakers, almost like a spice rack to a chef. [...]

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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

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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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Tallowing: preserving an old-world winemaking technique

by on January 19, 2011 in From the Cellar

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Our cellar team still practices an old-world winemaking technique that has nearly been lost in modern America’s wine culture: tallowing.  Each winter, the barrel blend of our latest vintage of Cabernet Sauvignon is placed in 6,000-gallon oak casks so the flavors of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot can marry, and these vintage doors need to be properly sealed to hold the wine. The [...]

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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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When to drink videos: Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon wine tasting evolution (vintages 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004)

by on January 7, 2011 in From the Cellar, News

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[View the latest When to Drink videos from 2012 here.] Wondering when to drink that special bottle of Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon in your cellar? Winemaker Rob Davis provides his latest tasting notes, as well as cellaring potential, food pairing suggestions and serving recommendations for vintages 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004. Videos for 2005 and 2006 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon [...]

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Looking for a New Year’s Eve appetizer recipe? Try our Miso Crab

by on December 23, 2010 in From the Kitchen

Dungeness Crab with Miso Vinaigrette

  Our chef’s latest appetizer recipe, Dungeness Crab in Miso Vinaigrette with Micro Shiso, makes an ideal passed hors d’oeuvre for New Year’s Eve parties and cocktail receptions. Each umami-rich spoonful celebrates this season’s fresh catch and pairs perfectly with crisp, elegant, fruit-forward Chardonnays, such as Jordan’s 2008 vintage. Happy holidays! Dungeness Crab in Miso Vinaigrette with Micro Shiso  Miso [...]

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