EVOO recipe contest winner announced

by on April 21, 2010 in Events, News

Thanks to all who entered our first recipe contest, inspired by the May 1 release of our 2009 Jordan Estate Extra Virgin Olive Oil. And the winning recipe our judges selected is … Due to availability of seasonal lettuces, vegetables and seafood, we added (and substituted) a few ingredients in Chef Woody’s dish. I hope he doesn’t [...]

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Budbreak video: a look at the start of our season

by on April 19, 2010 in From the Vineyards

The 2010 growing season officially began in late March when our Merlot vineyard blocks on the Estate experienced budbreak. Protecting these newborn plants from morning frost keeps our vineyard team on alert through mid-May. The Sonoma County Winegrape Commission created a great video about the life of a vine, beginning with pruning. Here’s an advance [...]

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Cooperage trial tastings: which barrel producers make the cut

by on April 15, 2010 in From the Cellar

Twice a year our winemaking team spends several weeks conducting a series of blind tastings to assess the merits of each cooperage from which we source barrels. Although we only work with the finest coopers, we still believe it’s important to test their performance every year to ensure the quality and consistency of the oak [...]

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Spring growing season update from our garden

by on April 9, 2010 in From the Kitchen

Ideal spring weather in Alexander Valley has already afforded us an exciting harvest of lettuces, onions, strawberries and herbs, as well as near-perfect blooms on our fruit trees and impressive growth of our raspberry bushes. In this video, I discuss what’s happening this month in our garden behind the winery, including our tree-grafting experiments, which [...]

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Visiting Jordan: new cheese pairings

by on April 7, 2010 in From the Kitchen, News

Guests who visit the Jordan estate to experience our tours and tastings sample little tastes from our kitchen to complement Jordan Chardonnay, followed by artisanal cheeses paired with two vintages of Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon. When we changed our Chardonnay pairing tastes in March (see previous blog post), I also decided to select a few new artisanal American cheeses to serve with our current [...]

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Springtime snow on the mountains

by on April 2, 2010 in From the Vineyards

An interesting cold front lingered over the Alexander Valley and its vineyards earlier this week. Geyser Peak (3,455 feet elevation) and the surrounding mountains were dusted with snow, high above the vineyards on the valley floor–most of which recently underwent budbreak. We were a little nervous about the buds being harmed by frosts, but luckily [...]

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Pruning olive trees and reusing cuttings

by on March 31, 2010 in From the Land

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After the vineyard team finishes pruning grapevines each March, we move onto pruning 18 acres of olive trees planted on hillsides near Jordan’s two lakes. It takes just one minute to prune a grapevine, but an olive tree—due to its size and number of branches—requires 10 minutes of grooming to create proper shaping and light exposure, which ensures efficient picking [...]

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Black Swans released on Jordan lake

by on March 24, 2010 in From the Heart, News

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The Jordan family recently adopted six Black Swans, which were released onto the Jordan lake on March 16. Sally Jordan, co-founder of the winery, tells the story of how these swans touched her heart and why they now call Jordan estate home.

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New Chardonnay pairings inspired by our garden and spring

by on March 22, 2010 in From the Kitchen, News

Guests who visit the Jordan estate to experience our 11 a.m. Winery Tour enjoy little tastes from our kitchen, prepared by myself and Sous Chef Manuel Reyes to complement two vintages of Jordan Chardonnay. These pairings, in addition to our cheese course served with two vintages of Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon, change seasonally, and our Chardonnay taste pairings are [...]

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Alexander Valley Winegrowers Barrel Tasting

by on March 15, 2010 in Events

Each March, members of the Alexander Valley Winegrowers Association gather at the Alexander Valley Community Hall to share barrel samples of the previous vintage with fellow winemakers and grape growers. Our board members also pass the reins to newly elected leadership, trade groups speak about important issues to our wine community, the coveted pruning awards [...]

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