Video: Sending our children off to college (AKA bottling wine)

by on July 14, 2010 in From the Cellar

A common perception of winery life during the summer is that the work prior to the harvest is calm, relaxed: the wines are resting peacefully in cask, the winemaker’s boots resting peacefully under the desk. I beg to differ. As Assistant Winemaker at Jordan, one of my primary responsibilities is to manage the entire bottling [...]

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Grapevine flowering video: how spring weather has influenced bloom and fruit set

by on July 1, 2010 in From the Vineyards

Wet, warm spring weather throughout April and May delayed flowering, or bloom, in our vineyards by two weeks. (While rainfall during spring was unseasonably high, overall rainfall levels for the year were ample and welcomed after several drought years.) When the warm weather finally arrived in early June, both Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon clusters bloomed [...]

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Video: Building a wood fired oven

by on June 22, 2010 in From the Kitchen

Our Director of Facility Operations Tim Spence recently finished his latest design project: building a structure to house our new Mugnaini wood fired oven. (And his first video blog post.) Wood fired ovens have a long history in Italian cooking, and our executive chef yearned for a culinary tool that allowed for more traditional slow [...]

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Wine Bloggers Conference’s first diary room: donating our videography services

by on June 16, 2010 in News

Jordan Vineyard & Winery has donated the production services of its in-house videography team to document the third annual Wine Bloggers Conference June 25-27 using high-definition video equipment. In addition to producing a documentary-style video that chronicles the conference, Jordan’s videographers will also host WBC’s first Video Diary Room, a private space adjacent to conference [...]

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Meet Chef Knoll at the Food & Wine Magazine Classic at Aspen

by on June 16, 2010 in Events

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If you’re attending this weekend’s Food & Wine Magazine Classic in Aspen, Colorado, we invite you to stop by our tasting table, where Executive Chef Todd Knoll will be preparing little tastes to pair with our new releases of 2008 Chardonnay and 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon. Director of Hospitality & Events Nitsa Knoll will also attend [...]

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Rainy, warm spring affects shoot thinning: video

by on June 10, 2010 in From the Vineyards

Watch the suckering process in this video to learn why shoot thinning is so important to making quality wine. The three most important vineyard management steps in the annual lifecycle of a grapevine are pruning in the winter, suckering (also known as shoot thinning) in the spring, and of course, harvest in the fall. The [...]

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Photo shoot for “Decanting Sonoma County” + other food photography, video

by on June 4, 2010 in From the Kitchen

Because food is an essential part of the Jordan experience (both at the winery and hopefully in your home), Executive Chef Todd Knoll seasonally creates new recipes that pair nicely with balanced, elegant Chardonnays and Cabernet Sauvignons, like those made at Jordan. These recipes are showcased at our estate events, during meals for Jordan Estate [...]

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Spring at Jordan: event video + photo gallery

by on May 28, 2010 in Events

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Nitsa Knoll discusses event planning and highlights from the May 1 Spring at Jordan event, which was inspired by “Alice in Wonderland” and celebrated our new releases of 2008 Chardonnay, 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon and 2009 Extra Virgin Olive Oil. A collection of photos taken during Spring at Jordan:

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Wine Blog Awards + Wine Bloggers Conference

by on May 26, 2010 in Events

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The 2010 Wine Blog Awards nominations have been announced. A panel of 11 expert judges evaluated and selected the top five blogs in each awards category. I was quite surprised to see two well-respected favorites in wine blogging omitted from this year’s list: Alder Yarrow’s Vinography and Tom Wark’s Fermentation. Nevertheless, the voting period for [...]

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Photographing Cheeses

by on May 24, 2010 in From the Kitchen

Fromage de Meaux (left) and Queso de Tetilla (center), originally uploaded by blog.jordanwinery.com. A well-regarded wine magazine is publishing a story about wine country cheesemakers and the wineries who partner with these local creameries to offer cheese and wine pairing tastings. Because Todd (our chef) and Nitsa (his wife and our hospitality director) put the [...]

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