Dinner party ideas: a simple, fresh edible centerpiece from the garden

by on August 8, 2011 in From the Kitchen

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Summer is my favorite season because it makes throwing dinner parties so easy. Step into a garden or farmer’s market, and you have all the inspiration (and ingredients) you’ll need to entertain guests outdoors in wine country style. One of my newest table decor ideas is the edible centerpiece–a simple, elegant design that doubles as a healthy, colorful first course. Our friends at Taste of [...]

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Viewers Choice Video #4: Pairing Cabernet and cheese at winery tastings

by on August 1, 2011 in From the Kitchen

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As part of our first Viewers Choice Video Contest, Cortney from Los Angeles requested a video about how we select the artisanal cheeses paired with Jordan Cabernet Sauvignons during our daily tours and tastings.  In this video, Executive Chef Todd Knoll discusses his wine-and-cheese-pairing philosophy, as well as why cow’s milk cheeses pair best with Cabernet Sauvignon, how triple-cream cheeses interact with [...]

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Some cheese with your wine? Fun tips from our chef

by on July 27, 2011 in From the Kitchen

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The cheese course is a staple on the Jordan table, both for our daily tours and tastings and guest meals. As a prelude to our next Viewers’ Choice Contest video on cheese and wine pairing at Jordan, we’re offering advice on cheese and wine service in this week’s video. From serving cheese at the right temperature and selecting cheeses to cutting techniques and accoutrements [...]

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Viewers Choice Video #3: cool spring slows 2011 growing season, grapevine flowering delayed

by on July 14, 2011 in From the Vineyards

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Mother Nature always keeps us on our toes. For a second consecutive year, we’ve experienced a long, cool spring. This weather not only prolongs the growing season, but can also affect flowering in late May/early June–if rain, wind or cold weather prevails during the flowering period. Flowering, also known as bloom, is the most critical [...]

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Vine grafting: Cabernet, Merlot vineyards become Petit Verdot, Malbec

by on July 7, 2011 in From the Vineyards

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In May, we embarked on our first grapevine grafting project since completion of the Jordan Estate soil mapping study. Using results from the study, we identified certain vineyard blocks, which had soil composition more suitable to Petit Verdot and Malbec. Technology is a beautiful thing. Approximately 3.2 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon were earmarked for grafting to Malbec, and roughly 3.3 [...]

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Exciting changes to our Jordan Estate Rewards loyalty program

by on June 30, 2011 in News

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I’m pleased to announce a few changes to Jordan Estate Rewards. To celebrate the third anniversary of our member loyalty program, we’re saying goodbye to our points expiration policy, changing our overnight stay to an Indulge-level reward and adding a new bonus point offer for regional event attendance. We’ll be posting a video on our web page [...]

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Chef Knoll’s Hawaiian Tiradito recipe featured by Wine Enthusiast

by on June 27, 2011 in From the Kitchen, News

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Executive Chef Todd Knoll’s new Hawaiian Tiradito recipe is featured this month on Wine Enthusiast‘s website. This light, refreshing recipe is an homage to Chef Knoll’s childhood memories of Hawaii, melding both Polynesian and Chinese cuisine. Tiradito is a soft cross of a traditional Latin ceviche with Japanese sashimi preparation and makes for the perfect beginning to a summer dinner or even [...]

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Vote for us June 21-27: 2011 Wine Blog Awards finalists

by on June 21, 2011 in News

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Voting is now open for the 2011 Wine Blog Awards. We’re thrilled to share news that The Journey of Jordan has been nominated in two categories: Best Winery Blog and Best Graphics, Photography, Presentation. Winners of each category will be determined 50% by public vote and 50% by official judges vote, so we encourage all our fans to cast [...]

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Viewers Choice Video #2: how we make videos; tips and learnings

by on June 21, 2011 in From the Heart

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As part of our first Viewers Choice Video Contest, Sue from New Jersey requested a video about how we make Jordan Winery videos, from selecting locations and topics to advice on lighting and editing. In these two videos, Laura Petersen and I reflect on how much we’ve learned about video production over the past 18 months–and [...]

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Viewers Choice Video #1: The People Behind Jordan Wines

by on June 13, 2011 in From the Heart

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As part of our Viewers Choice Video Contest, Greg from New York City (one of our friends on Snooth) requested a video about the people who work at Jordan Estate. This is our first video in the “People Behind Jordan Wines” series, where key members of the winemaking, viticulture, culinary teams talk about not only their [...]

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