Redwood water tank video: memories, demolition and recycling

by on September 22, 2010 in From the Heart

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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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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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