Photographing Cheeses

by on May 24, 2010 in From the Kitchen

Fromage de Meaux (left) and Queso de Tetilla (center), originally uploaded by blog.jordanwinery.com. A well-regarded wine magazine is publishing a story about wine country cheesemakers and the wineries who partner with these local creameries to offer cheese and wine pairing tastings. Because Todd (our chef) and Nitsa (his wife and our hospitality director) put the [...]

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Cover crops video: what we grow and why

by on May 20, 2010 in From the Vineyards

One of the key parts of sustainable farming is growing cover crops. Cover crops promote beneficial insect flight within the vineyards in early spring, allow us to incorporate high biomass organic material naturally back into the soils, regulate the growth of specific grapevines to enhance vine-to-vine uniformity, limit berry size to further concentrate flavors and [...]

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New vintages released: the historical significance of our latest Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon

by on May 14, 2010 in From the Cellar, News

Our 2008 Chardonnay and 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon released officially on May 1, 2010, in conjunction with Spring at Jordan. It’s the first time our new vintages debuted together, which is a result of John Jordan’s decision to allow all future vintages of Cabernet Sauvignon to age two full years in the bottle before national release. In our March new release [...]

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Video: How the Jordans discovered and purchased the winery estate

by on May 12, 2010 in From the Heart

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Jordan co-founder Sally Jordan tells the story of how they discovered and purchased the winery estate from another family fond of fishing. It’s a tale of perseverance in purchasing their dream piece of real estate property—and a story few have heard and never watched on video.

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Our hands from tree to bottle: 2009 Extra Virgin Olive Oil

by on May 4, 2010 in From the Land, News

2009 jordan extra virgin olive oil

Our 2009 Estate Extra Virgin Olive Oil released on Saturday, May 1, in conjunction with our Spring at Jordan event. This vintage has special significance to me because it shows our stylistic progression to a rounder mid-palate EVOO, thanks to the addition of more fruit from our young Arbequina trees. We also utilized an innovative mobile mill to [...]

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How to make sea salt: a Mother’s Day travel gift idea

by on April 29, 2010 in Events, From the Heart

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You can preserve your travel memories through homemade salt using our sea salt recipe, which has been featured in Saveur magazine. Todd and I started a tradition many years ago of collecting salt water from seas and oceans to make homemade sea salt: an affordable (costs nothing) but very memorable souvenir from our annual vacations. Making [...]

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Live virtual tasting to celebrate Twitter’s #WineryWeek

by on April 23, 2010 in Events

Click below to watch the live chat with John Jordan at 4 p.m. PST on Friday, April 23, 2010 to celebrate the close of Twitter #WineryWeek. Ask questions or make comments here. Follow the #WineryWeek conversation on Twitter: Get the Jordan Winery (jordanwinery) on Twitter widget and many other great free widgets at Widgetbox! Not [...]

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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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