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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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

aspen food and wine event

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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