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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
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 & [...]
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.
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 [...]
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 [...]