Saying goodbye to used barrels … but not for long

by on March 12, 2010 in From the Cellar

Our recent post about the new barrel inspection process discussed the pristine barrels French and American cooperages deliver to our cellar door every winter. But only one-third of our Cabernet Sauvignon is aged in new oak barrels each vintage, so used barrels play a critical role in our winemaking philosophy. Barrels raise our wine for three [...]

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Reusable wine totes replace cardboard

by on March 9, 2010 in News

Today, winery guests had the opportunity to test out our new reusable wine totes, created by N’Take EcoDurable Products, which will replace the cardboard boxes we’ve packaged wine purchases in for many years. Guest Services Manager Sean Brosnihan announces the program in this week’s video.

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Online contest #1: a recipe inspired by Jordan Extra Virgin Olive Oil

by on March 5, 2010 in Events, News

To celebrate the release of our 2009 Jordan Extra Virgin Olive Oil, we’re pleased to announce our first online contest—a recipe challenge—conceived to inspire fellow epicures. If you have, or wish to create, an inventive recipe in which Extra Virgin Olive Oil is a key ingredient, we’d love to hear from you. Watch the video from Nitsa Knoll, Director of Hospitality & [...]

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New release wine trailer for Jordan Estate Rewards members

by on March 3, 2010 in News

Jordan Estate Rewards members received an exclusive, pre-release offer today to purchase our 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon and 2008 Chardonnay before the official national release on May 1, 2010, in conjunction with Spring at Jordan. Here’s the new release trailer we created to accompany the offering. Hope you enjoy it.

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Creating a master blend: 2009 Jordan Extra Virgin Olive Oil

by on February 26, 2010 in From the Land

jordan winery olive oil blending

Like winemaking, a critical step in crafting extra virgin olive oil is creating the master blend. One week after our EVOO is racked (see recent blog post), we re-taste each barrel drum of Arbequina, Frantoio, Leccino and Pendolino oil in preparation for our annual blending trial exercise. Yesterday, our consultant Kevin Rogers and I tasted three potential blends of [...]

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New barrel inspections: testing every barrel and conserving water

by on February 19, 2010 in From the Cellar

Every winter, new oak barrels from top cooperages in France and America arrive at the Jordan cellar. Approximately one-third of the barrels we use to age our wines each year are new, and we work with a variety of coopers, so inspecting these barrels to meet our standards is an intricate process. I inspect every [...]

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Helping The Salvation Army in a culinary pinch

by on February 11, 2010 in From the Kitchen

During dinner service last night, John Jordan received a call from one of his colleagues at the local Salvation Army. Watch a quick video to find out what happened and why I decided to work in the Jordan kitchen on my day off.

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Harvesting white asparagus

by on February 8, 2010 in From the Kitchen

El Niño, characterized by unusually warm temperatures in the Pacific Ocean near the equator, caused a wave of January rainstorms in Sonoma County—and an early harvest in our garden thus far this season. On January 15, our white asparagus arrived two months early, so we recorded a video of Sous Chef Manuel burying the asparagus to deprive [...]

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Winter winery projects: a message from John Jordan

by on February 6, 2010 in News

Though our grapevines are sleeping this time of year, it has been a busy winter here at Jordan with lots of exciting additions to continuously elevate the experience we offer our valued guests. Here’s my latest video message highlighting some of the changes you may notice during your next visit to the estate. We hope [...]

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Floral design tips for parties and events

by on February 5, 2010 in From the Heart

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