Video: demonstrating the old-world art of making a wine barrel

by on April 15, 2011 in From the Cellar

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Every winter, new French and American oak barrels are crafted and delivered to the winery for aging our youngest vintage of Cabernet Sauvignon. I always take the opportunity to visit Nadalié cooperage in Calistoga, one of our barrel makers, to monitor the making of our American oak barrels in action. (Nadalié also makes our French oak barrels in France.) We [...]

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Montage video: a year in wine country with Jordan Vineyard & Winery

by on April 9, 2011 in News

Cabernet Sauvignon grape veraison

It’s amazing to think that more than one year has past since we debuted this video blog. On behalf of everyone at Jordan, thank you for watching our videos, reading our blog posts and joining us on our journey to share the arts of winemaking, viticulture and wine country hospitality. To celebrate our anniversary, we created a montage [...]

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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

tallowing

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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