Video: Our chef’s recommended kitchen gadgets

by on September 17, 2010 in From the Kitchen

Every chef has his toys. In this video, I recommend four of my favorite kitchen gadgets. They’re invaluable to anyone who enjoys cooking and also make great gift ideas for home cooks and chefs alike. Kuhn Rikon Original Swiss Peeler — I’ve used many peelers over the years, and this is the best one on [...]

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Video: How Winemaker Andre Tchelistcheff adopted us

by on September 14, 2010 in From the Heart

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Jordan co-founder Sally Jordan shares the story of how she and Tom Jordan discovered legendary winemaker André Tchelistcheff, then set out on a mission to convince him to become our consulting winemaker in the mid-1970s. The Jordans loved French wines and never expected to make wine in California — until they tasted a Beaulieu Vineyards Georges de Latour [...]

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Aerial video: Farming vineyards from an airplane

by on September 1, 2010 in From the Vineyards

As part of our quest to continuously improve wine quality, we embarked on a soil mapping study of our estate vineyards in 2009. That summer, John Jordan began taking Assistant Winemaker Ronald Du Preez and myself up in his Beechcraft Bonanza airplane to access our vineyard blocks from a bird’s eye view. The aerial view [...]

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Photography contest winner: Food Bloggers Conference

by on August 30, 2010 in News

If you’ve visited this blog before, you know it’s a video blog. I am a videographer. I don’t usually take still photographs, preferring to tell stories through the imagery and sound that can be captured with HD video. Then I met Matt Armendariz. And Penny De Los Santos. Now I’m humbled to say I won [...]

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Video: cool weather, grape veraison and thinning fruit before harvest

by on August 24, 2010 in From the Vineyards

In last week’s video on leaf pulling, we mentioned that summer temperatures in Northern Sonoma County have been 10-20 degrees below normal. Veraison, when the green grapes change color and increase their sugar levels, started the first week in August. As a rule of thumb, harvest begins roughly six weeks after 100 percent veraison. What [...]

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Leaf pulling video: preparing grapevines for ripening

by on August 10, 2010 in From the Vineyards

After the grapes bloom and tiny berries form into full grape clusters, it’s time for the important practice of leaf pulling, captured in the above video. Our vineyard team pulls leaves away from the area just above a grapevine’s cordon, or arms, where grape clusters grow. Removing targeted leaves allows for increased air movement and [...]

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Winemaker video cam: touring vineyards on an electric ATV

by on August 5, 2010 in From the Vineyards

As a long-term member of the Sonoma Green Business Program, we are constantly looking for new ways to decrease our impact on the environment. Our latest project in viticulture & winemaking is the electric all-terrain vehicle (ATV), shown in above video. Our first locally supplied electric four wheeler arrived last week. A prototype developed by [...]

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Video: Celebrating two years of Jordan Estate Rewards

by on August 3, 2010 in News

Two years ago, we launched Jordan Estate Rewards to share exclusive wine country experiences with our guests. To celebrate the program’s anniversary, we’ve created two new reward redemptions for members and a video announcement. Our Wood-Fired Oven Culinary Experience for Six features a private lunch, tasting and hands-on demonstration in the art of wood-fired cooking [...]

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Traveler’s tip: new restaurants, hotel, and bars in Healdsburg and Geyserville

by on July 28, 2010 in News

Looking for the latest openings on the Northern Sonoma wine trail? The town of Healdsburg serves as the nucleus for three key—and very diverse—Sonoma County wine regions: Alexander Valley, Dry Creek Valley and Russian River Valley. Once tucked in the shadow of Sonoma and St. Helena, our quaint wine country town has been getting a [...]

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Video: Composting at our vineyard + DIY tips

by on July 26, 2010 in From the Vineyards

Composting is an integral part of our farming practices as a sustainable winery. We began applying compost to our estate vineyards in 2004 and making our own compost pile on the property the following year (video tips below). A natural fertilizer, compost promotes vine and soil health. Healthy grapevines yield higher quality fruit desired to [...]

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