A tribute to Clyde Jordan (1997-2010)

by on November 2, 2010 in From the Heart, News

Barney

We’re mourning the loss of our beloved winery pet, Clyde, a pygmy goat who became a part of the Jordan family three years ago. Clyde passed away peacefully on October 29, 2010. He was 13 years old. Born in Sebastopol, Calif., Clyde worked as a show goat as a kid, touring throughout California. With his [...]

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Video trio: sunrise harvest, vineyard sorting tables and our winemaker’s taste buds

by on October 28, 2010 in From the Vineyards

alexander valley cabernet sauvignon harvest at sunrise

Winemaker Rob Davis has forged strong connections with many of Alexander Valley’s finest grape growing families, including the Millers, the Mazzonis, the Dilworths and the Munselles. Fifth-generation grower Bret Munselle farms several plots of his Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon vines to Rob’s specifications. On October 7, I visited Bret at a Munselle family vineyard, which is [...]

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Video: night harvesting Merlot grapes, Alexander Valley

by on October 20, 2010 in From the Vineyards

merlot night harvest

For those of you who enjoyed our Russian River Valley Chardonnay night harvesting video, we’ve also captured footage of Alexander Valley Merlot grapes being harvested at night. This vineyard is owned by Justin Miller and Karin Warnelius-Miller, proprietors of Garden Creek Vineyards. A sixth-generation California farmer, Justin and his wife, Karin, grow grapes for other [...]

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Soil mapping video: precision farming with resistivity technology

by on October 15, 2010 in From the Vineyards

jordan winery soil mapping

We’ve nearly completed a comprehensive soil mapping study of every Jordan estate vineyard block. What does that mean? We’re rediscovering our dirt to continue elevating grape quality. When I started working at Jordan in 2008, I asked Winemaker Rob Davis how I could work in the vineyards to help him achieve his winemaking goals. He explained how [...]

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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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Food Photography Contest: win our chef’s favorite kitchen gadgets

by on October 6, 2010 in News

We’re thrilled  to announce the winery’s first food photography contest, inspired by our experiences at the International Food Bloggers Conference.  Entries will be accepted October 5-November 3, 2010, on the Jordan Facebook Page Contests Tab or via email. Four prizes will be given, all of which were featured in Executive Chef Todd Knoll’s recent favorite kitchen gadgets video. If you love to cook and [...]

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Video: night harvesting Russian River Valley Chardonnay grapes

by on October 4, 2010 in From the Vineyards

jordan chardonnay night harvest

Watching a picking crew harvest grapes is an unbelievable rush. Your eyes fight to follow the hooked knives slicing away at each stem. You hear the grapes shaking on the vines as the workers tug the canes. A tractor engine hums. You hear the men shout for more collection bins. But you can’t see anything–unless you follow the [...]

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Chef Fall Recipe: Maine Lobster with Chanterelles, Fingerling Potatoes and Yuzu

by on September 28, 2010 in From the Kitchen, News

lobster recipe-jordan winery

With the arrival of every new season, our chef creates signature wine country recipes inspired by our garden and other seasonal ingredients. Two fall recipes, including Maine Lobster with Chanterelles, Fingerling Potatoes and Yuzu, were posted on our website this week. We’ll begin picking our Russian River Valley Chardonnay grapes this Wednesday, so white wine pairings are [...]

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Redwood water tank video: memories, demolition and recycling

by on September 22, 2010 in From the Heart

john jordan redwood water tank

John Jordan shares his childhood memories of the winery’s redwood water tank, which had to be replaced last month. The decision to tear it down — and watching the demolition — was quite difficult for John and his parents. Luckily, our next hospitality project will ensure those wood planks are recycled to preserve a piece of family history. [...]

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Vineyard video: Sunday’s rain + wind machines

by on September 20, 2010 in From the Vineyards

Weather forecasters reported that a storm would roll through Sonoma County wine country last weekend. Needless to say, we were concerned — but we were also prepared. Working in vineyards where nature and nurture go hand in hand requires constant attention and adaptability. Thankfully, the storm broke up as it came inland, and the rainfall totals were MUCH less [...]

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