Halloween party ideas: flowers, appetizers, cocktails, recipes

by on October 8, 2010 in Events, From the Kitchen

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A month before John Jordan’s private Halloween bash, it’s time to create new appetizers and drink cocktails for the party menu.  Todd and I always meet in the kitchen with our Sous Chef, Manuel, and spend the entire morning testing all the different recipes we’ve been brainstorming for months. This year, we decided to capture [...]

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Food Photography Contest: win our chef’s favorite kitchen gadgets

by on October 6, 2010 in News

We’re thrilled  to announce the winery’s first food photography contest, inspired by our experiences at the International Food Bloggers Conference.  Entries will be accepted October 5-November 3, 2010, on the Jordan Facebook Page Contests Tab or via email. Four prizes will be given, all of which were featured in Executive Chef Todd Knoll’s recent favorite kitchen gadgets video. If you love to cook and [...]

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Video: night harvesting Russian River Valley Chardonnay grapes

by on October 4, 2010 in From the Vineyards

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Watching a picking crew harvest grapes is an unbelievable rush. Your eyes fight to follow the hooked knives slicing away at each stem. You hear the grapes shaking on the vines as the workers tug the canes. A tractor engine hums. You hear the men shout for more collection bins. But you can’t see anything–unless you follow the [...]

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Chef Fall Recipe: Maine Lobster with Chanterelles, Fingerling Potatoes and Yuzu

by on September 28, 2010 in From the Kitchen, News

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With the arrival of every new season, our chef creates signature wine country recipes inspired by our garden and other seasonal ingredients. Two fall recipes, including Maine Lobster with Chanterelles, Fingerling Potatoes and Yuzu, were posted on our website this week. We’ll begin picking our Russian River Valley Chardonnay grapes this Wednesday, so white wine pairings are [...]

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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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