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2013 growing season

2013 olive harvest begins at Jordan Estate today
Behind the Scenes / What's New / October 24, 2013

Jordan’s 2013 olive harvest kicked off this morning with a small orchard of Arbequina trees near our Merlot vineyard. The fog was thick and the air chilly enough for the pickers to see their breath, […]


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Early Yet Unpredictable: 2013 Jordan Winery Harvest Report
Behind the Scenes / What's New / October 15, 2013

And just like that, the 2013 growing season has come to an end. The last of the Cabernet Sauvignon grapes passed through the destemmer and into the winery around 5 p.m. on Thursday, October 10. […]


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Video scenes from 2013 grape harvest at Jordan Winery
Behind the Scenes / What's New / October 4, 2013

I love the autumn days when my alarm clock goes off at 5:30 a.m.–yes, I said five-thirty in the morning–because I know I’ll be in the middle of a hilltop vineyard in 90 minutes, capturing […]


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When to pick grapes: grape sampling, sugar testing and trusting our palates
Behind the Scenes / September 26, 2013

Within view but often unnoticed beyond the grapes gliding across Jordan’s sorting table, the information needed to make one of the most important decisions in winemaking is materializing. That is, of course, the decision of […]


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Video report: harvest 2013 is underway at Jordan Winery
Behind the Scenes / What's New / September 12, 2013

Harvest 2013 kicked off at Jordan on Friday, September 6, and we’re already half-way finished picking all of our Russian River Valley Chardonnay grapes. It’s shaping up to be a very quick, exciting harvest. The […]


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Watch Jordan grapevines grow (time-lapse video of bud break to veraison)
Behind the Scenes / August 27, 2013

Last spring, we announced our latest time-lapse video experiment: capturing a grapevine’s entire life cycle on camera, from bud break in March all the way through leaves falling in December. Our first video showed the […]


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2013 Vintage Summer Grape Growing Season | Sonoma County
Behind the Scenes / August 14, 2013

In my last blog post, I expressed skepticism about the “free ride” Mother Nature had provided this year with the early, but perfect, budbreak, flowering and fruit set. As it turns out, foolish were those […]


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Flowering, fruit set and what grapevines have in common with Jabba the Hutt
Behind the Scenes / June 7, 2013

Like the yellow snails loitering on the guyot-trained grapevines of Meursault and the vile, “gangster” gastropod Jabba the Hutt of Star Wars, the flowers of Vitis vinifera grapevines are hermaphroditic.That is right! Simply put, they […]


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2013 Vintage Growing Season Report (Spring Jordan IQ Quarterly Letter)
Behind the Scenes / May 23, 2013

At large, Punxsutawney Phil’s 2013 prognostication for an early spring did little for his already less-than-stellar batting average, but here in Sonoma, his stock has gone up amongst local winegrowers. This year’s winter and spring […]


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2013 Spring Grape Growing Season | Weather & Frost
Behind the Scenes / May 12, 2013

Can you hear that? Those are the exhales of the winegrowers, echoing off the west walls of the Mayacamas Mountains throughout the Alexander Valley. As the nighttime temperatures continue to inch away from any danger […]


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2013 Spring Grape Growing Vintage Report Video | Bud Break
Behind the Scenes / April 9, 2013

There is no mistaking it now—springtime is here at Jordan! As expected, although earlier than normal due to the unseasonably dry conditions and warm temperatures, our Russian River Chardonnay vines boldly led the way out […]


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The grapevines are bleeding
Behind the Scenes / March 29, 2013

The grapevines are bleeding! As the daylight hours continue to increase this time of year, the grapevines go through a fascinating reawakening after months of “sleeping.”  Thanks to the sunlight and warmer days, vineyard soil […]


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