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Best Shows to Binge for Jordan Wine Lovers + Best Binge Food Pairings

With so many Americans staying home this winter, we’ve put together our list of best shows to binge watch right now on Netflix, HBO, Hulu and Amazon Prime. These are the perfect on demand television series for Jordan wine lovers because the stars drink Jordan in several episodes. To really set the mood for your binge watching evening at home, we recommend adding our newly released Date Night at Home gift box to the mix. This epicurean set features an array of wine-friendly snacks including our chef’s cabernet nut mix, gourmet popcorn kernels and citrus popcorn seasoning, a box of assorted chocolates and more. If you’re in the mood for cooking at home, browse our chef’s favorite snack recipes to accompany your glass of Jordan and TV show. If you spot Jordan online, be sure to share your photos on social media. Your binge watching photos may even qualify for our #MyJordanTable photo contest.

Best Shows to Binge Watch Right Now + Best Binge Foods from our Chef

dead to me tv show netflix chardonnay at dinner tableDead to Me

The tragicomedy web television series stars Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini as grieving women who meet at a therapy group and become unlikely friends. The ladies drank Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon and Jordan Chardonnay in season 1 and 2. Rumor has it that the final and third season will drop sometime in 2021.

netflix tv shows to watch grace and frankie jordan chardonnayGrace and Frankie

A Netflix original series, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin star as two women who bond after learning that their respective husbands leave them to get married to each other. With six seasons available on Netflix, you’ll have plenty of time to relax and indulge.

Jordan Winery Best Shows to Binge Santa Clarita Cabernet SauvignonSanta Clarita Diet

Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant co-star as married realtors in Netflix’s comedic horror, “Santa Clarita Diet.” There are three full seasons available that are totally worth binge watching. Don’t forget the glass of Jordan Cabernet.

Jordan Winery Best Shows to Binge The Kominsky MethodThe Kominsky Method

Michael Douglas, Alan Arkin, Sarah Baker and Nancy Travis star in this comedic Netflix sitcom–which follows an aging acting coach who isn’t ready to give up his career in Los Angeles. A two-time Golden Globe winner, you’ll want to kick up your feet and enjoy this funny series with a glass of wine.

Jordan Winery Best Shows to Binge Fuller House Jordan ChardonnayFuller House

A sequel to the fan favorite nineties television series, “Fuller House” is a modern spinoff of “Full House” and includes many returning cast members like, Candace Cameron Bure, Jodie Sweetin and Andrea Barber. It’s light-hearted, a blast to the past for many and there are five seasons–so pull your favorite Jordan vintage from the cellar and enjoy this feel-good sitcom.

Friends from College

A group of friends from Harvard are facing down their forties. This is a comedic exploration of old friendships, former romantic entanglements and balancing adult life with nostalgia for the past.

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

This musical comedy follows a young woman who abandons a choice job at a law firm and her life in New York in an attempt to find happiness in the unlikely locale of West Covina, California.

Amazon Prime – Best Shows to Binge

Big Bang Theory wineBig Bang Theory

With 12 seasons available to watch, this hilarious sitcom pairs quantum physics, dating and friendship with wine from time to time. Also streaming on Hulu.

The League

Seven seasons of this semi-improvised comedy show about a fantasy football league are available to binge on Amazon Prime and Hulu.

Hulu – Best Shows to Binge

Curb Your Enthusiasm Season 10 with Jordan Chardonnay on coffee table

Curb Your Enthusiasm

Two decades and still going strong. Lots of great episodes to binge, and a few include Jordan wine. Also available on HBO on demand.

Dollface

This comedy series is about a young woman who gets dumped by her longtime boyfriend and was created by Jordan Weiss–maybe that explains the Jordan wine appearance.

Jordan Winery Netflix TV Ray Donovan

Ray Donovan

Set primarily in Los Angeles, this crime drama series starring Liev Schreiber finished its seventh and final season in 2020. Also available on Showtime.

Younger

This comedy-drama follows a 40-year-old divorcee who must navigate a career that was built based on a fake identity used at an earlier age. Premiering on TV Land, Younger was renewed for a seventh season in 2019, making it the longest-running original series in the network’s history.

Jordan Winery COVID-19 Safety Statement – How We’re Keeping Guests & Employees Safe

Thank you for continuing to support small businesses during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. As a winery centered around hospitality, our highest priority is ensuring that our guests feel safe and enjoy a relaxing time on our estate.

Jordan Winery plans to reopen for Tours & Tastings on May 1. (We have chosen to remain closed to visitors while indoor tastings are prohibited, and outdoor tastings are being allowed intermittently, as described in our winter closure blog post.) If indoor tastings can resume in Sonoma County before May 1, we may reopen earlier than planned. Otherwise, we will begin taking reservations in April for an array of outdoor experiences, offered during spring, summer and fall. These include our Vineyard Hikes, Chateau Block Vineyard Tastings, the Paris on the Terrace Lunch and alfresco dinners. Overnight stays in our winery suites, which are undergoing renovation, resume June 1. In the meantime, our online shop is open 24/7, and we’re hosting monthly Virtual Tastings and private online tastings by appointment.

When we reopen, we will do everything we can to keep our customers, employees, and community safe and healthy.

COVID 19 Business Safety Commitment Graphic

Social Distancing and Face Covering Guidelines

Using guidelines from the Sonoma County health orders, we’ve developed the above graphic about our commitment to safety and to warm hospitality. We ask all winery guests to join us in a commitment to safety and to kindness, as we navigate this new world of hospitality together. Please promise to do the following:

  • If you are sick or begin showing any symptoms of illness, please help us ensure the safety of all guests by allowing us to reschedule your visit, or issue you a full refund. Guests who exhibit any symptoms of Coronavirus will be asked to return home and issued a full refund. 
  • Cancel or reschedule your reservation if you have been in contact with someone recently who has tested positive for Coronavirus or is suspected of having Coronavirus.
  • Carry a face covering at all times. Coverings must be worn outdoors when you cannot stay six feet from others, and coverings should be worn indoors at all times for any guests who enter our lobby to purchase wine. All overnight stay guests who use Jordan’s complimentary transportation to and from town must wear face masks inside the vehicle at all times. If someone forgets a face mask, one will be provided, but refusal to wear facial coverings in these situations will result in guests not being allowed to enter the property or to enter the company vehicle. 
  • Maintain a minimum six-foot distance from others who are not part of your household.
  • Use hand sanitizer as often as necessary (hand sanitizer stations will be located at entrance, experience, restrooms and exit).
  • Bring your own refillable water bottle for Vineyard Hikes.
  • Cover coughs or sneezes with a tissue, sanitize your hands afterwards and pack out your tissue to dispose at home.
  • Have fun and be kind.

As our promise to you, here are the employee procedures in place to keep our guests and our staff safe:

  • Health & Safety.  All employees have completed a COVID-19 health and safety training to ensure procedures are followed. Employees must conduct a health check each morning before coming to work and follow the Center for Disease Control’s general guidelines for washing hands regularly and using hand sanitizers, maintaining social distances, wearing face coverings when around others and inside the winery and coughing/sneezing into an elbow or tissue. Jordan has always had a policy about ill employees not coming to work. No employee is allowed to come to work if they are starting to feel sick or show any symptoms of sickness. 
  • Sanitation Guidelines. Our Culinary and Housekeeping departments have been long-recognized by the Sonoma County Health Department for their high standards of sanitation in food service and hospitality.  Rigorous cleaning procedures have been implemented for before, during and after guest experiences. Designated guest restrooms are cleaned every hour by our staff. Additional hand sanitizer stations have also been placed throughout the winery, as well as at entrances, exits and guest experience locations.
  • Face Coverings. In accordance with Sonoma County health orders, face masks/coverings are required by anyone entering the winery or those who cannot maintain six feet of distance from others. We have also provided our staff with face masks and require that they use them for their protection and the protection of colleagues and guests. Guests are required to bring and wear their own masks. Disposable masks will be available to those who forget to bring their masks.
  • Social Distancing. Guest experiences have been modified to allow for hosts to maintain the proper physical distance whenever possible. Other employees have been trained and instructed to maintain social distancing, and our break rooms and offices have been reconfigured to allow for social distancing of other employees who do not interact with guests.
  • Food Service. The Jordan culinary staff follows the safety and sanitation guidelines of the Sonoma County Health Department, as always. All staff are ServSafe Food Protection Certified. In addition to the above, our culinary staff has implemented additional procedures for handling, serving and storing food, as well as sanitizing tools and surfaces.

We will continue to do all that we can to ensure the safety of our guests and our employees. To review a comprehensive list of every safety measure being taken to protect everyone, request a copy of Jordan Winery’s Reopening Guidelines & Procedures.

Get Social with Jordan: Photo Contests for 2021

With so many Americans staying home this winter, we are sharing the love on social media–creating more ways for our fans to connect digitally and win delectable giveaways with photo contests, Facebook VIP Group trivia contests and more. Here’s how you can become a member of the extended Jordan family and increase your chances of winning something special from the winery.

collage of photos with jordan wine bottles and friends

#MyJordanTable Monthly Photo Contests

The #MyJordanTable photo contest theme this March is: Wine Dogs. Show us your best photo of your furry friend for a chance to win a special gift from the winery. Deadline to enter is March 31, 2021. Winners will be announced April 2, 2021. Read below for more information about our monthly photo contests.

All year long, we’ll be hosting monthly photo contests for a chance to win delicious Jordan products, including Jordan Salami Buio by Journeyman Meat Co., curated Chocolate Truffles by Le Belge, homemade Jordan salts and rubs, Jordan Estate Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Jordan wine glasses and other delectable surprises. To enter, simply take a creative photo of you, your family and/or friends enjoying wine at your dinner table, post the photo to Instagram, Facebook or Twitter and tag @jordanwinery with hashtag #MyJordanTable in the caption. We will choose at least one winner at the end of each month and announce on Instagram. See the below photo gallery for inspiration. Don’t forget to read the official photo contest rules.

jordan cabernet sauvignon with roses and playing cards

#MyJordanValentine Date Night at Home Contest

While many of us are sequestered at home due to the pandemic or are staying in with the winter weather, we’re all adjusting to new ways to keep food, wine and hospitality shining through virtual happy hours, curbside delivery and takeout options, and social media live videos. So, in the spirit of reconnecting over a glass of wine and a luxury restaurant experience, we’ve partnered with three top restaurants in five U.S. cities to create an unforgettable Valentine’s Day date night. We invite you to share a photo or video on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter telling us why you and your valentine should win a romantic five-star dinner at home this February by tagging @jordanwinery and using one of the following hashtags: #MyJordanValentineChicago, #MyJordanValentineLosAngeles, #MyJordanValentineMiami, #MyJordanValentineNYC or #MyJordanValentineHouston. Don’t see your city listed? Use hashtag #MyJordanValentine for a chance to win a gift from the Jordan Winery kitchen. Be sure to read the official photo contest rules.

We are also offering a complimentary deck of Jordan Sip & Flip couples playing cards for the first 100 orders of our featured Valentine’s Day gift sets. Offer ends February 9, 2021.

Participating U.S. Cities and Restaurants

Chicago

Los Angeles

Miami

New York City

  • Catch Steak, 88 9th Ave., New York, NY 10011, catchrestaurants.com
  • LAVO Italian Restaurant, 39 E 58th St (at Madison Ave), New York, NY 10022, taogroup.com
  • TAO Downtown Restaurant, 92 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011, taogroup.com

Houston

The deadline to enter has passed. Thank you so much to everyone who submitted their #MyJordanValentine photos and videos!

Deadline to enter was Wednesday, February 10, 2021. Winners were contacted directly to coordinate dinner delivery address and time.

Facebook VIP Group

To make it easier to stay in touch with our top fans while we are unable to host tasting experiences at the winery, we created an online community group on Facebook to stay connected. It’s the place to share your Jordan moments and photos, chat with our staff, find last-minute offers not promoted in our emails and get first dibs on special offers and rewards availability. You must be a Silver, Gold and Platinum member of our loyalty program, Jordan Estate Rewards, to join the group, but gaining Silver status is quite easy. Once your lifetime spending at Jordan Winery (in person or online) totals $500, you become a Silver member. If you’re not already a member of Jordan Estate Rewards, join today for free and receive 3,000 bonus points. See the latest posts on our Facebook VIP Group.

iphone taking photo of jordan chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon wine bottles sonoma county

Why Jordan Winery is Closed to Visitors Until Spring – Winter Pandemic Update

As the pandemic drags on, a worst-case scenario for hospitality businesses has unfolded in Sonoma County. Winter rainy season is officially here. The change in weather signals the welcomed end to fire season, but it also brings the unwelcome closure of many small restaurants and wineries that cannot serve customers indoors due to state and county mandates set to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Both outdoor and indoor dining and wine tasting were prohibited for most of December and January. The California Department of Public Health recently ended Sonoma County’s stay-at-home order, which allows restaurants and wineries to resume outdoor dining and wine tasting only. All indoor eating and drinking remains prohibited. Thanks to Sonoma’s crisp air and warm, sunny days, pivoting to all outdoor wine tastings last year was an easy shift for us at Jordan. But due to winter’s cool temperatures and frequency of rainfall, Jordan Winery will not reopen for outdoor wine tastings until May 1. We don’t want to disappoint guests when we have to cancel due to the weather, and rather than building tents and other temporary outdoor tasting spaces, we are focusing our energy on renovating our tasting spaces and guest suites, as well as hosting complimentary Virtual Tastings.

We are also launching a new website in April, which impacts when we can begin accepting reservations and rewards requests. We begin accepting reservations for Tours & Tastings again on April 7 for outdoor experiences beginning on May 1 and our Earth Week Vineyard Hike series hosted April 22-25. Members of Jordan Estate Rewards who are eager to book rewards before our new online member portal debuts can email us requests now for Private Tables beginning on May 1 and Overnight Stays after June 1. Online rewards requests will resume April 1.

While we don’t have a crystal ball, we remain optimistic that COVID-19 indoor dining restrictions will continue to be loosened, and indoor dining and wine tasting at 50 percent to full capacity will be allowed again in Sonoma County this summer. When that happens, we will reopen and be ready to share our newly remodeled Library and Cellar Room to guests, following safety and social distancing guidelines. We will begin accepting reservations for Library Tastings once the county health officer announces changes in business operating restrictions to 50 percent capacity. You can also email us to inquire about private virtual tastings, which are now available for booking.

Farewell to Assistant Winemaker John Duckett

It is bittersweet for us to announce that January 15, 2021 was our Assistant Winemaker John Duckett’s last day at Jordan. Over the last 12 vintages, John has become an integral member of the team. He has helped our winemaking program continue to improve by seeking out better equipment and offering up creative ideas to enhance the flavors and quality of our wines. From dressing up as a Jedi master and a member of an 80’s rock band with plenty of eyeliner to countless Jordan Uncorked wine tasting episodes and epic dance moves, John has made an incredible impact on the team since he joined us at the young age of 22. We think John said it best: “Instead of saying goodbye, which I’ve never been good at, I’d like to just say thank you.” Thank you, John, for your dedication and teamwork over the last decade, you will certainly be missed. Please join us in wishing John Duckett the best of luck in his next chapter and enjoy a compilation video of his famous dance moves from over the years. #DanceOn

Who Drank the Most Cabernet and Chardonnay in 2020? A Jordan Winery Chart of U.S. Wine Consumption

If there’s one thing we can all attest to after a year like 2020, it’s that wine is essential in good times and in bad. Smooth reds and crisp whites may have been the saving grace for most Americans while we were (and many still are) sequestered at home. Some say it was the “glue” that held this year together and by the looks of our vinous data this year, we can’t argue the sentiment.

With the winter holidays approaching, it’s time to crunch our end-of-year sales numbers. A few years ago, we decided to start sharing this data with our fans. So in the spirit of fun competition, here’s our latest chart of U.S. wine consumption by state, which ranks who drank the most Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon and Jordan Chardonnay in 2020. Past wine consumption reports for 2019, 2018, 2017 and 2016 follow in descending order.

How did your home state do? Did you move up or down in the rankings compared to last year? One of the big winners again this year is Texas, which moved up to first place in the most chardonnay purchased in 2020, stepping ahead of the golden state. New Jersey impressed us this year and moved up from sixth place all the way to second place in chardonnay, beating California too. Florida emerged from fifth place in the most cabernet sauvignon purchased in 2020 to a bronze medal winner–third place overall, stepping ahead of New York and New Jersey. Nicely done, Floridians! Massachusetts swept Illinois and Colorado this year and landed in sixth place in the most cabernet sauvignon purchased category. Observations on which states had the most significant changes are included in each ranking list, so be sure to see if your home state made a big move.

The figures included are based on total cases sold from January 1-November 30. (December numbers won’t be available until mid-January). Thank you for supporting Jordan and making the best out of such a whirlwind of a year. We look forward to toasting with our fans in person soon–and until then, here’s to a brighter 2021!

Map showing Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon wine cases purchased by state

Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon U.S. Wine Consumption by State 2020

Observations from 2019 to 2020: California held on to first place whereas Texas and Florida made some impressive moves on the cabernet sauvignon chart. Texas stepped ahead of New York to take second place as Florida surpassed New Jersey and New York to take the bronze medal. Massachusetts took the reigns and jumped ahead two spots from 2019, landing in sixth place. Nevada, Michigan, Minnesota slipped a couple spots on the chart where we saw impressive gains in Utah, Alabama and Arkansas. Pennsylvania took a deep dive from #26 in 2019 to #39 in 2020–we saw similar drops in D.C., Hawaii and Oklahoma. Stay strong, we still have the rest of winter to enjoy a nice glass of cabernet sauvignon.

  1. California

  2. Texas

  3. Florida

  4. New Jersey

  5. New York

  6. Massachusetts

  7. Illinois

  8. Colorado

  9. Georgia

  10. Nevada

  11. Connecticut

  12. Arizona

  13. Virginia

  14. North Carolina

  15. Missouri

  16. Louisiana

  17. Michigan

  18. Ohio

  19. Tennessee

  20. Utah

  21. South Carolina

  22. Arkansas

  23. Maryland

  24. Minnesota

  25. Washington

  26. Oregon

  27. Alabama

  28. Hawaii

  29. Wisconsin

  30. Rhode Island

  31. Kentucky

  32. Indiana

  33. Washington, D.C.

  34. Kansas

  35. Oklahoma

  36. Idaho

  37. Mississippi

  38. Wyoming

  39. Pennsylvania

  40. Delaware

  41. New Hampshire

  42. Nebraska

  43. Montana

  44. North Dakota

  45. New Mexico

  46. West Virginia

  47. Alaska

  48. Iowa

  49. South Dakota

  50. Vermont

  51. Maine

Map showing Jordan Chardonnay wine cases purchased by state

Jordan Chardonnay U.S. Wine Consumption by State 2020

Observations from 2019 to 2020: Texas and New Jersey are the big chardonnay winners this year. Texas and New Jersey both overthrew California’s crown–moving the golden state down from first place all the way down to third. Impressive work, Texas and New Jersey. And here’s to taking back gold in 2021, California! Florida held strong in fourth place where Massachusetts, Georgia, Colorado, Minnesota and South Carolina rose multiple spots on the chart. Nice job! New York, Nevada, Louisiana, Hawaii and North Carolina slipped in their chardonnay rankings. The good news: We’re celebrating our 40th anniversary vintage of Jordan Chardonnay in August 2021 and it’ll be a summer sipper you won’t want to miss out on.

  1. Texas

  2. New Jersey

  3. California

  4. Florida

  5. Massachusetts

  6. New York

  7. Colorado

  8. Georgia

  9. Illinois

  10. Nevada

  11. Arizona

  12. Connecticut

  13. Virginia

  14. South Carolina

  15. Louisiana

  16. Missouri

  17. Michigan

  18. Rhode Island

  19. North Carolina

  20. Hawaii

  21. Washington

  22. Minnesota

  23. Indiana

  24. Utah

  25. Ohio

  26. Alabama

  27. Tennessee

  28. Maryland

  29. Oregon

  30. Arkansas

  31. Idaho

  32. New Hampshire

  33. Washington, D.C.

  34. Wisconsin

  35. Mississippi

  36. Wyoming

  37. Oklahoma

  38. Kansas

  39. Delaware

  40. Kentucky

  41. Pennsylvania

  42. New Mexico

  43. Montana

  44. Nebraska

  45. North Dakota

  46. Iowa

  47. Alaska

  48. West Virginia

  49. South Dakota

  50. Vermont

  51. Maine

Map of how much Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon was drank by state

Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon U.S. Wine Consumption by State 2019

Observations from the previous year: The battle for runner-up continues, with Texas ousting New York to take back the number 2 spot—which New York took from the Longhorn State in 2018. Nevada and Illinois continue to fight for sixth and seventh place, with Nevada gaining the upper hand this year. Same for Connecticut and Arizona trading the 11th and 12th rankings. Big winners for the year are Tennessee, Utah, Arkansas, Washington and Mississippi, who all jumped several spots in Jordan wine consumption. Virginia, Ohio, Oregon and Washington posted disappointing numbers compared to 2018—each dropped 3-6 spots.  Good thing our 40th anniversary vintage of Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon releases in 2020. It’s definitely one to uncork. 

  1. California

  2. Texas

  3. New Jersey

  4. New York

  5. Florida

  6. Nevada

  7. Illinois

  8. Massachusetts

  9. Colorado

  10. Georgia

  11. Connecticut

  12. Arizona

  13. North Carolina

  14.  Tennessee

  15. Louisiana

  16. Missouri

  17. Virginia

  18. Hawaii

  19. Ohio

  20. Michigan

  21. Minnesota

  22. South Carolina

  23. Utah

  24. District of Columbia

  25. Arkansas

  26. Washington

  27. Indiana

  28. Mississippi

  29. Maryland

  30. Oregon

  31. Alabama

  32.  Rhode Island

  33. Kansas

  34. Wyoming

  35. Wisconsin

  36. Kentucky

  37. Pennsylvania

  38. Oklahoma

  39. Idaho

  40. Nebraska

  41. New Mexico

  42. Montana

  43. Iowa

  44. Delaware

  45. North Dakota

  46. Alaska

  47. West Virginia

  48. New Hampshire

  49.  Vermont

  50. South Dakota

  51. Maine

Map of how much Jordan Chardonnay was drank by state

Jordan Chardonnay U.S. Wine Consumption by State 2019

Observations from 2018 to 2019: While there were no changes in the top four, Massachusetts moved up to number five, overtaking New Jersey, and Georgia moved to two spots to number 8, knocking Colorado—John Jordan’s home state—back to number 10. Missouri, South Carolina, Rhode Island, Utah, Arkansas, Indiana, Wyoming, Kansas, New Hampshire, Alaska and Vermont also rose multiple spots on the chart. Thank you!  Chardonnay lovers in Connecticut, Virginia, North Carolina, Minnesota, Alabama, Oregon, New Mexico, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Iowa and Delaware need to start drinking; your states slipped in the ranking with Alabama and Oregon both dropping seven spots. Have you moved onto Grenache Blanc or Sauvignon Blanc? Leave us a comment. We’d love to know.

  1. California

  2. Texas

  3. Florida

  4. New York

  5. Massachusetts

  6. New Jersey

  7. Nevada

  8. Georgia

  9. Illinois

  10. Colorado

  11. Arizona

  12. Louisiana

  13.  Hawaii

  14. Missouri

  15. Connecticut

  16.  South Carolina

  17. Virginia

  18. North Carolina

  19. Michigan

  20. Minnesota

  21. District of Columbia

  22. Ohio

  23. Rhode Island

  24. Utah

  25. Washington

  26. Tennessee

  27. Arkansas

  28. Indiana

  29. Alabama

  30. Maryland

  31. Oklahoma

  32. Mississippi

  33. Wyoming

  34. Oregon

  35. Kansas

  36. New Hampshire

  37. Kentucky

  38. New Mexico

  39. Wisconsin

  40. Pennsylvania

  41. Montana

  42.  Alaska

  43. Delaware

  44. Idaho

  45. Nebraska

  46. Iowa

  47. Vermont

  48. West Virginia

  49.  North Dakota

  50. South Dakota

  51. Maine

Which States Drank the Most Jordan Cabernet and Chardonnay in 2018

Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon Map: Who Drank the Most by State 2018

Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon U.S. Wine Consumption by State 2018

Observations on changes from 2017 to 2018: New York ousted Texas for the number 2 ranking! Virginia jumped seven spots, Massachusetts and Nevada traded places in the top 10 and Nebraska moved up four spots on the list. Arizona also inched up two spots, while Hawaii and Wisconsin moved down four spots.

  1. California

  2. New York

  3. Texas

  4. New Jersey

  5. Florida

  6. Illinois

  7. Nevada

  8. Massachusetts

  9. Colorado

  10. Georgia

  11. Arizona

  12. Connecticut

  13. Virginia

  14. North Carolina

  15. Ohio

  16. Louisiana

  17. Missouri

  18. Tennessee

  19. Hawaii

  20. Michigan

  21. Minnesota

  22. South Carolina

  23. District of Columbia

  24. Oregon

  25. Indiana

  26. Pennsylvania

  27. Utah

  28. Maryland

  29. Arkansas

  30. Wisconsin

  31. Washington

  32. Alabama

  33. Rhode Island

  34. Mississippi

  35. Kansas

  36. Wyoming

  37. Kentucky

  38. Idaho

  39. New Mexico

  40. Oklahoma

  41. Nebraska

  42. Montana

  43. North Dakota

  44. Iowa

  45. Delaware

  46. West Virginia

  47. Alaska

  48. New Hampshire

  49. Maine

  50. Vermont

  51. South Dakota

Jordan Chardonnay Map: Who Drank the Most by State 2018

Jordan Chardonnay U.S. Wine Consumption by State 2018

Observations on changes from 2017 to 2018: Oklahoma was the bigger winner, jumping seven spots, but both Connecticut and Alabama gained an impressive five, and Washington state climbed four spots. Nevada and Illinois traded spots in the top 10. Chardonnay lovers in New Hampshire and Nebraska need to start drinking–your states both slipped four spots in the ranking.

  1. California

  2. Texas

  3. Florida

  4. New York

  5. New Jersey

  6. Massachusetts

  7. Nevada

  8. Colorado

  9. Illinois

  10. Georgia

  11. Arizona

  12. Connecticut

  13. Louisiana

  14. Hawaii

  15. Virginia

  16. North Carolina

  17. Missouri

  18. Minnesota

  19. Michigan

  20. South Carolina

  21. District of Columbia

  22. Alabama

  23. Ohio

  24. Washington

  25. Rhode Island

  26. Tennessee

  27. Oregon

  28. Utah

  29. Oklahoma

  30. Maryland

  31. Indiana

  32. Arkansas

  33. Mississippi

  34. New Mexico

  35. Wisconsin

  36. Pennsylvania

  37. Kentucky

  38. Wyoming

  39. Kansas

  40. Delaware

  41. Iowa

  42. Idaho

  43. Montana

  44. New Hampshire

  45. Nebraska

  46. Maine

  47. Alaska

  48. South Dakota

  49. North Dakota

  50. Vermont

  51. West Virginia

Which States Drank the Most Jordan Cabernet and Chardonnay in 2017

Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon Case Consumption by State Map

Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon U.S. Wine Consumption by State 2017:

  1. California

  2. Texas

  3. New York

  4. New Jersey

  5. Florida

  6. Illinois

  7. Massachusetts

  8. Nevada

  9. Colorado

  10. Georgia

  11. North Carolina

  12. Connecticut

  13. Arizona

  14.  Minnesota

  15. Hawaii

  16. Louisiana

  17. Ohio

  18. Michigan

  19. Missouri

  20. Virginia

  21. Tennessee

  22. South Carolina

  23. Oregon

  24. District Colombia

  25. Pennsylvania

  26. Wisconsin

  27. Indiana

  28. Washington

  29. Maryland

  30. Arkansas

  31. Utah

  32. Alabama

  33. Rhode Island

  34. Mississippi

  35. Kansas

  36. Wyoming

  37. Oklahoma

  38. Kentucky

  39. New Mexico

  40. Idaho

  41. Montana

  42. Delaware

  43. Alaska

  44. Nebraska

  45. North Dakota

  46. Iowa

  47. New Hampshire

  48. West Virginia

  49. Vermont

  50. South Dakota

  51. Maine (N/A)

 

Jordan Chardonnay Case Consumption by State Map

Jordan Chardonnay U.S. Wine Consumption by State 2017:

  1. California

  2. Texas

  3. Florida

  4. New York

  5. New Jersey

  6. Massachusetts

  7. Illinois

  8. Colorado

  9. Nevada

  10. Georgia

  11. Arizona

  12. Hawaii

  13. Louisiana

  14. Missouri

  15. Connecticut

  16. Virginia

  17. North Carolina

  18. Minnesota

  19. Michigan

  20. South Carolina

  21. District of Colombia

  22. Rhode Island

  23. Tennessee

  24. Indiana

  25. Ohio

  26. Alabama

  27. Oregon

  28. Washington

  29. Maryland

  30. New Mexico

  31. Utah

  32. Mississippi

  33. Arkansas

  34. Kansas

  35. Wisconsin

  36. Oklahoma

  37. Wyoming

  38. Pennsylvania

  39. Delaware

  40. Kentucky

  41. New Hampshire

  42. Nebraska

  43. Idaho

  44. Montana

  45. Alaska

  46. Iowa

  47. North Dakota

  48. West Virginia

  49. Vermont

  50. South Dakota

  51. Maine (N/A)

 

Which States Drank the Most Jordan Cabernet and Chardonnay in 2016

Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon Consumption Ranking by State (DC included):

  1. California

  2. Texas

  3. New York

  4. New Jersey

  5. Florida

  6. Illinois

  7. Massachusetts

  8. Nevada

  9. Colorado

  10. Georgia

  11. Connecticut

  12. Arizona

  13. North Carolina

  14. Louisiana

  15. Virginia

  16. Missouri

  17. Ohio

  18. Minnesota

  19. Michigan

  20. Hawaii

  21. Tennessee

  22. Oregon

  23. South Carolina

  24. Indiana

  25. District Colombia

  26. Wisconsin

  27. Pennsylvania

  28. Maryland

  29. Arkansas

  30. Alabama

  31. Washington

  32. Rhode Island

  33. Utah

  34. Mississippi

  35. Kentucky

  36. Kansas

  37. Wyoming

  38. Idaho

  39. New Mexico

  40. Oklahoma

  41. Nebraska

  42. Iowa

  43. Montana

  44. Alaska

  45. Delaware

  46. New Hampshire

  47. North Dakota

  48. West Virginia

  49. Vermont

  50. Maine

  51. South Dakota

Jordan Chardonnay Consumption Ranking by State (DC included):

  1. California

  2. Texas

  3. New York

  4. Florida

  5. New Jersey

  6. Massachusetts

  7. Illinois

  8. Nevada

  9. Colorado

  10. Georgia

  11. Arizona

  12. Connecticut

  13. North Carolina

  14. Louisiana

  15. Virginia

  16. Missouri

  17. Hawaii

  18. Minnesota

  19. Ohio

  20. Michigan

  21. Tennessee

  22. South Carolina

  23. Oregon

  24. District of Colombia

  25. Indiana

  26. Alabama

  27. Maryland

  28. Rhode Island

  29. Washington

  30. Arkansas

  31. Wisconsin

  32. Pennsylvania

  33. Utah

  34. Kansas

  35. Mississippi

  36. Kentucky

  37. Wyoming

  38. New Mexico

  39. Oklahoma

  40. Idaho

  41. Iowa

  42. Delaware

  43. Nebraska

  44. Montana

  45. Alaska

  46. New Hampshire

  47. North Dakota

  48. West Virginia

  49. Vermont

  50. Maine

  51. South Dakota

2020 Grape Harvest Report – Some Good News from Sonoma County

There’s no way to sugarcoat the conditions that pushed the vines and vintners to the brink during the 2020 grape harvest season. Between the fires, the smoke and COVID-19 safety guidelines, stress levels were at all-time highs for winemakers throughout the West Coast. I have 15 harvests at Jordan under my belt, and it was absolutely the most challenging vintage of my career—a record held briefly by 2019, thanks to the Kincade Fire. But now that the wines are safely in barrel, I’ve been able to reflect on all that has happened to our community in the last two months and truly appreciate how lucky we are at Jordan. Although tragedy struck many farmers who lost their crops and a dozen Napa wineries that lost buildings, barrels and more, Jordan was able to weather this storm pretty much unscathed. Here’s a snapshot of how we were able to overcome the odds during the 2020 grape harvest season.

Skirting the August Lightning Fires

As discussed in my 2020 Jordan Chardonnay grape harvest blog post, the lightning fires that ignited across California in mid-August, fortunately, didn’t have an impact on our Russian River Valley grower vineyards. The Walbridge Fire, which burned in a remote, forested area west of Healdsburg, was starved of the wind that it needed to spread flames and smoke quickly. This meant that our chardonnay vineyards, which are primarily located farther south in the Russian River along River Road and Eastside Road, were far enough from the fire that smoke drift wasn’t a significant issue. There was, however, one casualty. Grower Relations Manager Dana Grande had found a new chardonnay vineyard farther north in the region along Westside Road, which we were planning to test out to see if it would work with our Burgundy-inspired style of chardonnay. (One grower cabernet sauvignon vineyard in the Dry Creek Valley also lost his crop to the smoke, but it only accounts for three percent of the final blend at Jordan, so we can do without those black cherry flavors and dusty tannins from his grapes this vintage—but it’s still sad.) None of those grapes made it to the crush pad due to their proximity to the Walbridge Fire. But for all other chardonnay vineyards, we ran the necessary laboratory and sensory tests on the grapes before, during and after harvest, and our 2020 Jordan Chardonnay smells and tastes great: beautiful apple and citrus aromas and flavors with bright acidity. Yields were down 20-30 percent for chardonnay, but that was more due to spring rains. I’ll take quality over quantity any year—especially a difficult one like 2020.

2020 Jordan Winemaking Team Cellar Crew Bacchus Courtyard

Teamwork has Thrived in the Pandemic

In a typical year, winemakers hire interns from other countries to come and work harvest. It’s an invaluable experience for these young apprentices and an essential, temporary workforce that we rely on every fall. COVID-19 canceled the intern programs just as it’s canceled almost everything else, so we had to get creative. We pride ourselves in having a positive work environment where employees from different departments help others in need. And winemaking and viticulture had lots of needs this year. The Sales department employees who weren’t hosting trade guests due to the pandemic pivoted to helping plant grapevines on the ranch during summer and then cross-trained on pumping the must or crushed grapes into the presses or tanks during harvest. Employees who work in maintenance learned how to operate the hopper while I received the grapes. We worked together as a really small team, which was also good for keeping the harvest crew safe from COVID-19. If anyone would have contracted the virus, the ripple effect at the crush pad would have been devastating. I was so worried that I might get sick and wouldn’t be able to work that I made sure to only interact with my family and production team. We take safety seriously at Jordan, and the winemaking team and cellar crew implemented so many new social distancing and safety measures for blending, bottling and harvest that I think it will take a long time for us to fall back into our old routines once the virus is gone and masks are off.

Practicing Patience in September

A Labor Day heatwave really stressed the Bordeaux variety grapes that still had weeks to ripen on the vine. Meanwhile, the Walbridge Fire continued to burn slow and long; it took weeks for it to be contained. Fortunately, the majority of our cabernet sauvignon, merlot, petit verdot and malbec vineyards are located in Alexander Valley, northeast of the winery, which was even farther from the fire. We switched from cloth facemasks to the N95 versions to protect our lungs from ambient smoke. It was incredibly scary to be tasting freshly pressed grapes while my eyes were burning from the smoke. There was the temptation to “panic pick”—rush to get the fruit off the vine when bad weather has happened or is about to occur—but I fought the urge. Rob Davis—Jordan’s winemaker for 43 growing seasons, who retired last year—always taught me that cabernet sauvignon grapes are very hearty; their thicker skins make it harder for the smoke to penetrate. While we were waiting anxiously, the winery farm welcomed some new temporary residents: several horses who lost their home in the Walbridge Fire and are owned by a woman who went to school with John Jordan. Watching our donkeys and goats trying to adapt to their new roommates was a welcome reprieve throughout that hectic time. They were a symbol of survival, a source of inspiration, a beacon. They’re still living on our ranch today.

The Second Wave of Fires

We felt blessed to have dodged the first bullet of the 2020 grape harvest—the Walbridge Fire. But just when we started to catch our breath in late September, the Glass Fire broke out in neighboring Napa Valley during the peak of cabernet sauvignon harvest. We still had approximately 60 percent of our red grapes left to pick, and fresh smoke was heading right towards us. I felt numb; I didn’t think we could dodge the damage of smoke taint twice in one harvest. The past few fires have occurred at the end of the season when practically all of the Jordan grapes were off the vine, but 2020 couldn’t be that merciful. That’s not the way 2020 rolls. We had to dig deep and shift all of our focus to protecting the grapes. We had to get the fruit off the vine before too much smoke drifted from Napa Valley into Alexander Valley. We did quick tasting tests on the grapes in the unpicked vineyards, and sugars were at 25 brix. I wanted a touch more concentration in the grapes, which we achieve in typical years (like 2012-2016), but the dark fruit flavors, acids and sugars were there, so we just pulled the trigger and picked the remaining vineyards at an uber-fast pace. Only one grower vineyard, located in southeast Alexander Valley, was closer to the Glass Fire smoke, so we picked it a little earlier than we would have liked just to ensure no smoke taint. At the time, we didn’t have enough tank space at the winery to crush the fruit, so we got creative again. Dana and Ranch Manager Brent Young picked the fruit using the Jordan crew and tractors (the grower’s team wasn’t available quickly enough for us), and stored the gondolas of grapes—covered in dry ice—overnight in our new vineyard shop, where the doors could be closed air-tight to keep the grapes protected from smoke until we were ready to press them. I was also nervous about potential smoke damage in the last vineyard that we picked on October 4th but it is located the farthest northwest from the fire. The fruit smells and tastes like fresh plums and cherries. Cabernet sauvignon yields are down about 15-20 percent due to the heat spike over Labor Day.

Breathing Fresh Air and Sighs of Relief

As I look back at harvest 2020, it feels as if it was three different vintages in one. I could never have imagined that there would be so many obstacles to overcome. I am incredibly grateful to our amazing harvest team for their dedication to making this the best harvest possible under these conditions. I heard zero complaints when we had to double the amount of vineyard grape samples, do multiple rounds of micro-fermentations to ensure clean fruit, and take on all of those extra hours bringing in additional fruit to try and minimize smoke exposure.

I’m so happy with how the wines are tasting despite all of the drama of 2020 that I celebrated by adopting a rescue puppy.  We are going to produce a beautiful Jordan Chardonnay and an incredible Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon. Just as harvest was beginning, Rob was helpful in offering a little perspective. He said, “Remember that all of the 1855 classification top crus in Bordeaux survived two World Wars and lost all of their vineyards to phylloxera.” California’s Wine Country will get through 2020.

Beacons come in many forms. Traditionally, they were small fires lit to guide others. They are also lighthouses or radio transmitters to aid our eyes and ears. Beacons are also simply a source of light or inspiration—like the horses that survived Walbridge. After another year of record fires on top of a pandemic, we at Jordan feel so blessed to have weathered the relentless storm that is 2020 to shepherd another classic vintage into barrel. The wines made in 2020 will be unforgettable, just like its beacons.

 

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2020 Vintage Update: Sonoma Grape Harvest Begins at Jordan

Our 42nd harvest of Jordan Chardonnay grapes began in the wee hours on Wednesday, August 26. If you would have been standing at the hopper with me smelling the fresh fruit as it dropped from the gondolas just before sunrise, you would have never thought that one of winemakers’ worst nightmares seemed to be unfolding the week prior.

Jordan Chardonnay grapes in hopper at crush pad

The last nine days have felt like months with wildfires burning slowly to the west of Jordan Winery in remote parts of Sonoma County. With the 2019 Kincade Fire still fresh in our minds, it has been a very stressful time for our community, especially because the Sonoma grape harvest has barely started—and we still have at least two months of fire season ahead of us. And if you’ve been watching the news reports, you might be wondering if the 2020 vintage should be canceled in the year of COVID meets catastrophe, but don’t dismiss the 2020 wines. Here’s why the 2020 vintage still shows great promise.

Sonoma County wine country had a warm winter with no real frost threat and a mild spring with an even fruit set. The summer was quite warm but with only a couple of short heat spikes, so our Russian River Chardonnay vineyards look very healthy, balanced and have very little to no sunburn. The Chardonnay crop is light—down about 20% than an average year—and Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon crop is average in size but filled with really intense, dark fruit flavors. The vintage was on par to be a classic and still could be. The unusual lightning storm on August 16-17, which sparked the wildfires, has really been the only curve ball that Mother Nature has thrown us this growing season. The next round of lightning storms predicted last Sunday never transpired, and the upcoming forecast looks great—just like the grapes. We are all breathing a magnum-sized sigh of relief this week. Mother Nature never ceases to amaze, awe and inspire.

Jordan chardonnay grapes in gondola

We sampled our first Chardonnay grapes on Monday, August 24, at our grower vineyard on Eastside Road in the Russian River Valley, and I was excited about the intensity of fruit flavors, aromas and acids in the grapes. Fruit at our grower vineyards on River Road also looks and tastes promising. We were so happy when the samples were free of smoke taint. We are continuing to be optimistic as we sample more Chardonnay vineyards and taste not only smoke-free fruit, but delicious fruit flavors with intense acidity.

Although there have been no indications of smoke taint, there is some ash on the fruit in a few vineyards. Falling ash was essentially a two-day event associated with the fire, and based on Grower Relations Manager Dana Grande’s observations of each Jordan grower vineyard, only those vineyards south of the fire experienced ash, and the farther south the vineyards, the less chance of ash. There have also been reports of some ash in vineyards east of the fire, but in her observations of Alexander Valley, she has seen minimal ash at Jordan Estate, which is amid a seven-year replant of all grapevines, and no signs of ash where Jordan sources the majority of its Cabernet Sauvignon grapes—east of Geyserville. This ash challenge was an easy one for our resourceful growers to nip. Spray guns, filled with air instead of water, are being used to add the precise pressure needed to blow the ash off the fruit before it is hand-picked into bins and loaded into gondolas.

Chardonnay grapes hanging on the vine

After spending the last three days inspecting each vineyard in Russian River and Alexander valleys with Dana, I am very optimistic that we are going to come out of this nail-biter unscathed. Our growers have been working day and night to ensure that the best quality fruit is delivered to the winery is clean and pure. With our elegant house style of wine, there is nothing to hide behind. We can’t try to mask the fruit with more malo, higher alcohol or more tannin. The fruit speaks first in our wines, so the grapes have to be in great condition.

Jordan Winery employee on ATV taking chardonnay grape samples

Alexander Valley is located several miles east/northeast of the Walbridge Fire, so there is less concern about significant impact from the fires. It is too soon to make predictions about the Cabernet Sauvignon harvest, as grapes tasted this week were estimated to be around 22 Brix. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot grapes need 3-4 weeks on the vine, but there’s plenty of good-looking fruit out there, and the crop is very well-balanced. But, out of an abundance of caution, because Jordan is known for its flagship Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, which accounts for 75% of the winery’s production, we are conducting several micro-ferment test experiments, based on typography and varietal, to see if there are any trace signs of smoke taint not detectable when tasting the grapes off the vine. A few pounds of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes from vineyards at different elevations, locations and micro-climates were picked and placed in individual vessels to ferment before sensory and laboratory analysis in a few days.

Cool, foggy mornings have returned this week, and the air quality is good from early evening to mid-morning in the Healdsburg area, which means it is a safe and desirable conditions for hand-picking Russian River Chardonnay at night. We have picks scheduled through the weekend, and expect to continue Chardonnay harvest through the next two weeks. It’s also important to point out that the fires were located in only three of the 18 wine regions in Sonoma County, so most farming activities have been able to continue as planned.

Maggie Kruse Jordan Winery holding grapes wearing mask

2020 is also special harvest for me–despite the stress that this year has brought to everyone, including working moms like me who are also juggling homeschooling. It’s my 15th harvest at Jordan and my first as head winemaker for the entire growing season. The first day of harvest was also the first day on the job for Matt Spence, who is following in his father’s footsteps in operations at Jordan. Tim Spence started on the Jordan bottling line in 1989 and worked his way up to Director of Facilities & Operations. Both of Tim’s sons now work alongside him. What a crazy year to commemorate special occasions—it’s certainly a vintage we all will never forget.

Stay tuned for regular 2020 Sonoma grape harvest updates on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. We’ll post another blog once Cabernet Sauvignon harvest is underway.

 

How One Restaurant Owner is Changing During the Pandemic

There are copious amounts of headlines in the news about how restaurants and many other businesses are struggling to adapt during this pandemic. As a wine list-focused brand, Jordan has been assisting restaurants where we are able to: highlighting restaurants open for take-out, social media posts…. and much more. In our latest email to our trade partners, we asked Shawn Virene for an inside look into how he adapted his restaurant during COVID-19. While we asked for a short description, his story is insightful and we decided to leave it uncut.

Welcome back!!!

First and foremost I hope that everyone reading this is doing ok, and I am sorry for all the hardship this pandemic has brought to us all.

I will start at the beginning from when we got news about the lockdown. I was having a glass of wine or two with a friend. Then the word came that all non-essential businesses would have to shut their doors. I was flooded with anxiety and mixed emotions. Where will this leave my restaurant and its 100 loyal employees? I didn’t know if I wanted to transform into a to-go business. I thought about laying it down and just waiting for the go-ahead to reopen. My wife convinced me otherwise and we immediately began to develop a plan. We came up with a travel-friendly small menu and got it out to market the next day. This whole experience has made me more conscious of how important a robust email database and social media base really is. I have been curating an email list over the past 20 years of all the people that I have met through the industry. This is one of the biggest reasons we were able to succeed through the COVID-19 crisis. Additionally, we were forced to think outside the box in terms of product offerings. We found offering a package deal on wine and a family meal was a huge success. We also are offering 10% off of our already competitively priced wine list, if ordered alongside a meal. Enticing pictures of the daily specials helped to attract our customer’s attention–and allowed me to use my photography skills. The minute the email blast was sent out people would start calling in their orders. Although we could not service our guests in-house, it was great to see the community daily either via deliveries or curbside pickups.

Then we got the word that we could open up at 25% capacity and had very little time to prepare. We got our staff back to work as quickly as we could, training and cleaning the restaurant for two straight days. The question on my mind was will people come? Well, they did and we are so grateful for it. Additionally, as many wine vendors were offering incentives to purchase product, I was able to take advantage and re-stock our wine inventory that we depleted over the last two months. So now we are able to offer wine at an even better deal, which helps our guests who are watching their wallets. Many of our guests were thrilled to be able to come out into the community again and we are so happy to be able to serve them. As this is such a new environment for everyone, we are adapting and listening to what the customers are wanting. The to-go business is still strong and we are always coming up with new things for guests to participate in at home. We implemented an oyster shucking at your doorstep with a bottle of Champagne, and it is gangbusters. The best advice I can give is to be creative, get feedback, and push it out to your guests. You know the saying “If you build it, they will come”!!!

I am curious to see how the future plays out for the restaurant and wine business. Nothing is for certain except people are always going to need a great meal, wine, and companionship. Stay safe and thank you for your support.

Jordan Winery Reopens with More Hikes, More Picnics and a New Food & Wine Pairing Lunch

We finally have some good news to share: Jordan Vineyard & Winery will officially reopen for seated food and wine pairing experiences on Thursday, June 11. Last week, a new Sonoma County Health Order was issued, allowing wineries that serve food to begin welcoming guests again–but only if experiences can be hosted outdoors. The Jordan kitchen is gearing up now, and we will resume Vineyard Hikes and Chateau Block Vineyard Tastings on June 11, but we will now offer these Healdsburg winery experiences 4-5 days per week. A new Paris on the Terrace restaurant-style dining experience debuts on June 18 with two seatings five days a week, and seven Picnic Lunches and three outdoor dinners will be offered this summer. Reservations for daily experiences and Picnic Lunches open for booking June 1 at jordanwinery.com/visit or directly via Cellarpass. Tickets for themed dinners go on sale July 1 at 9 a.m. at jordanwinery.com/shop.

With a full-time culinary staff and many outdoor entertaining spaces, Jordan Winery, located just outside of Healdsburg in Alexander Valley, has been preparing to modify existing experiences since the COVID-19 shelter in place order began in California on March 17. The iconic Jordan Chateau is surrounded by terraces and lawns, shaded by oak, magnolia and sycamore trees, offering a picturesque setting with ample physical distancing. our winery terrace is being transformed into a Parisian brasserie with traditional bistro table seating. Beyond the golden chateau, nearly 1,200 acres of preserved open space, vineyards, olive orchards and lakes await hikers. Modifications to seating, food pairing presentation, guest arrivals, restrooms and other procedures have been made in compliance with COVID-19 safety and physical distancing guidelines.

We’ve used our closure time to reinvest in Jordan’s culinary hospitality program and facilities. Indoor communal tasting spaces, the Library and the Cellar Room, are closed for renovation. The Bacchus Courtyard has been redesigned, and landscape design projects are near completion at the Chateau Block Vineyard Tasting area. The garden surrounding Jordan’s recently remodeled guest house has also been refreshed, and the winery’s three guest suites will be renovated this winter.

Jordan’s Library Tasting and Winery Tour & Tasting are closed through September 7, and the Estate Tour & Tasting is being offered exclusively to private groups of eight people maximum from June through October. Guests should email reservations@jordanwinery.com to inquire about pricing and availability. Curbside pickup service will continue by appointment via Cellarpass.

Here’s a look at all Jordan Winery food & wine pairing experiences available this summer.

Jordan Winery Food & Wine Pairing Experiences – Healdsburg, CA

Guests walking along a path surrounded by vineyards on a Spring Vineyard Hike at Jordan Winery.

Nature Hikes

May 23-June 7, 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. $110 per person **

This by-appointment-only hiking adventure for two people is only offered on select days to a limited number of guests to ensure the proper level of social distancing. The guided journey starts in the courtyard of the Winery Chateau before starting the four-mile hike, which begins and ends at the winery and traverses hills and valleys with an elevation change of about 300 feet. The hiking adventure culminates on the winery terrace, where guests receive a picnic lunch and two bottles of wine to go, allowing them to continue the Jordan experience at home. (Replaced by Vineyard Hikes after June 7). Find more information and make a reservation on our website. **All Nature Hikes are sold out except Friday, May 29, and Friday, June 5.

Guests posing for a photo during a Spring Vineyard Hike at Jordan Winery.

Vineyard Hikes

June 11-September 6, 9:00 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. $110 per person

This guided excursion begins in the Winery Chateau’s Bacchus Courtyard with protein snacks before starting the four-mile hike, which begins and ends at the winery and traverses hills and valleys with an elevation change of about 300 feet. Then descend into the olive orchards and make your way around the lake and cattle pasture to reach the chef’s garden and apiary. The three-hour experience culminates on the winery terrace for a charcuterie picnic with wine pairings at individual tables, featuring Jordan Chardonnay, Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon, special selections by Journeyman Meat Co. and more. This outdoor adventure will be hosted Thursday through Sunday from June 11 through September 6 with a maximum of 10 people per hike to maintain proper social distancing. Find more information and make a reservation on our website.

hand pouring Jordan Winery Cabernet in wine glass with journeyman charcuterie during a Chateau Block tasting experience at Jordan Winery

Chateau Block Vineyard Tasting

June 11-October 31, 10:30 a.m. $75 per person

In 2018, Jordan Winery planted 9,352 cabernet sauvignon grapevines across from its chateau for the first time in its history. Now, guests can enjoy this vineyard up-close with a glass in hand as part of Jordan’s Chateau Block Vineyard Tasting experience. This guided 90-minute tasting includes Jordan Chardonnay and three vintages of Cabernet Sauvignon paired with house-marinated olives, nuts and charcuterie from Journeyman Meat Co., presented on individual boards for each party. This seasonal wine and food pairing will be hosted Thursday through Monday from June 11 through October 31 with limited seating at individual tables to ensure proper social distancing. Find more information and make a reservation on our website.

Jordan winery chateau terrace in Healdsburg

Paris on the Terrace

June 18-September 7, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. $110 per person

Travel to France without leaving California with a new outdoor food and wine pairing experience at Jordan. Under the shade of oak trees, guests relax at individual bistro tables on the terrace with the Jordan Winery Chateau as a backdrop. Jordan’s executive chef has created a Parisian brasserie-inspired menu with a California twist, including a crudité from Jordan’s garden, house-marinated olives, cornichons, homemade spiced nuts, a Jordan Garden salad, a charcuterie platter, and an artisanal cheese plate with Jordan Estate Honey and mostarda. Wine pairings include the Jordan Cuvée by Champagne AR Lenoble, 2018 Jordan Chardonnay, 2016 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon and a special library vintage of Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon, as well as the 2019 Jordan Estate Extra Virgin Olive Oil. This French bistro-style lunch experience will be hosted two times per day, Thursday through Monday, with limited seating at individual tables to ensure proper social distancing. Find more information and make a reservation on our website.

couple having picnic at Jordan Winery in Healdsburg

Picnic Lunches

June 26 & 27; July 18, 24 & 25; August 29 & 30; 11:45 a.m.-2 p.m. $95 per person

A picnic experience where all of the details are handled for visitors. Guests are welcomed with the Jordan Cuvée by Champagne AR Lenoble and a picnic basket filled with a selection of Journeyman Meat Co. salumi and artisanal cheeses, before selecting a secluded spot on Jordan’s sweeping lawns. The butler’s party is stocked with an array of homemade provisions for guests to choose from, such as pork rillettes, salmon rillettes, jarred vegetable salads, citrus-marinated olives and desserts. Each party of two receives a bottle of chilled Jordan Chardonnay, and tastes of Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon are also offered in a shady alcove. Picnic blankets will be spaced more than six feet apart with several shaded areas available. Staggered arrival times of six guests per time slot will also ensure ample space between parties. Find more information and make a reservation on our website.

Even though our formal dinners in the dining room have been postponed, there are still opportunities to enjoy a restaurant-style dinner at Jordan Winery in Healdsburg this summer. In July, we’ll host a new Paris on the Terrace Pizza Night on Friday, July 17, and Friday, July 31, with each party seated at bistro tables surrounding Jordan’s Mugnaini wood-fired oven. Our annual Bounty of Sonoma County dinner will be hosted on August 15 with changes to seating for social distancing, including individual tables for each party/household. Tickets for summer dinners go on sale July 1. Sign up for our monthly e-newsletter to receive announcements about tickets.

All guest experiences will be hosted in compliance with COVID-19 safety guidelines from the Center for Disease Control, the Sonoma County Orders of the Health Officer and the Sonoma County Health Department. Learn more about Jordan Winery’s safety procedures and protocols.

4 Factors That Made 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon a Stellar Vintage

After releasing a special vintage like the 2015—the first Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon aged entirely in French oak—Jordan fans could think that the following vintage would live in the shadow of such a historic wine. But that is absolutely not the case. We’re actually even more excited for this month’s release of the 2016 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon—a vintage that combines the silky texture born from aging the wine exclusively in French oak with deeply concentrated fruit flavors from pristine grapes born from an exceptional growing season. It’s also the 40th anniversary vintage of Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon, so definitely a special vintage to buy for reasons beyond its quality. Here are the four factors that helps make 2016 a stellar vintage for Alexander Valley cabernet sauvignon in Sonoma, Napa and other Northern California winegrowing regions. The 2016 vintage cabernets are enjoyable to drink now but will cellar for decades to come. 2016 is so good, it made our all-time best years for Jordan Hall of Fame.

Alexander Valley vineyards vista
The view from a prized hilltop vineyard for Jordan Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.

The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Vintage Enjoyed Nice Weather

Mother Nature was very good to us right out of the gate and delivered a truly superb vintage. After years of drought, we received more than 80 percent of the year’s average annual rainfall before winter ended. This kicked off the 2016 vintage growing season on a promising note, because every great vintage begins with ample water in the ground before bud break. After weeks of intermittent rain storms in December and January, a record heat wave hit in mid-February, which triggered yet another early bud break. (The early bud break required us to slightly alter our farming practices in order to avoid frost damage. This meant mowing our cover crops earlier than normal to ensure that the cold air wouldn’t be trapped within the rows of actively growing vines.)

Flowering began in early May, which is typical timing, and despite some rainy days and a little wind, the flowers pollinated successfully in our earlier-ripening vineyards. A curve ball came our way from mid-May through Memorial Day weekend, in the form of a few rain showers punctuated by two heat spikes. This disrupted the bloom of some later-ripening vineyards, which reduced the quantity—but not the quality—of the grape clusters. The good news is that many of the Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon grower vineyards had already bloomed 75-100 percent before the inclement weather arrived.

Moderately warm weather carried the grapes to ideal ripeness from summer into early fall.

2014 Jordan Cabernet merlot grapes on the vineThe 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Grapevines Grew in Balance Throughout the Growing Season

Over my 15 years as a winemaker, I’ve always followed the principle that you need balanced vines to make balanced wines, and 2016 is one of those ideal vintages where the grapevines grew in harmony from spring and summer to fall. The pursuit of vine balance begins at the end of winter when grapevines awaken from dormancy and burst their tiny buds. If the buds break uniformly—i.e. in balance—they will, in theory, go through flowering evenly (as long as there isn’t rain and wind during bloom), resulting in balanced, tiny berries. During summer months, fruit set and veraison, the color change of the red grapes, will also happen evenly in balance as long as no strange weather events, such as heat spikes or rain storms, occur. Thanks to the good weather during these important times during the lifecycle of the grapevines, 2016 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were so evenly ripened that they possessed more fresh, dark fruit character than the 2015.

The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Vintage Endured No Intense Heat

Intense heat (temperatures in the mid-90s to 100) can cause the vines to shut down and not ripen their fruit. Fortunately, the 2016 vintage had ideal summer weather with no heat spikes whatsoever. Cool temperatures and misty fog lingered well into late morning most days throughout August, and highs stayed in the upper 70s and low 80s—about 10 degrees below average. There was just enough sunshine, but without intense heat, which allowed the grapes to ripen slowly, developing complex flavors.

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The Munselle Vineyards picking crew harvests hillside cabernet sauvignon grapes for Jordan on October 11, 2018.

2016 is a Historic Vintage for Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon

The harvest for Jordan’s 2016 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon began on September 8 and concluded on October 7—the eve of our official 40th anniversary of the inaugural 1976 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon. Even though 2016 was an average-sized crop, it has flavor and complexity on par with the exceptional 2012 vintage. Right off the vine, the fruit aromas were bright, beautiful and rich, and the grapes showed great intensity of fruit flavors. It is a fitting vintage to celebrate 40 years of Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon.

jordan winery 2016 cabernet sauvignon bottle with wine glass

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4 Things that Made the 2018 Chardonnay Vintage a Great Year

Nature often rewards grape growers and winemakers with an excellent vintage the year after an extremely challenging one, and we’re thrilled to report that this was the case with the 2018 chardonnay vintage. On the heels of the difficult 2017 vintage, 2018 reminded us of the 2012 vintage—one of the finest we’ve seen in more than 40 years of winemaking. To celebrate the release of the 2018 Jordan Chardonnay, we’re sharing the four things that made the 2018 chardonnay vintage such a great year for the queen of wine grapes.

The 2018 Chardonnay Vintage Enjoyed Normal Weather

After years of drought, hot summers and early harvests, 2018 returned to what we call the “old normal.” Timing for the entire growing season was three to four weeks later than in recent years and reminded us of classic vintages from the 1990s, when winter temperatures remained cool and brought just enough rainfall. Bud break occurred at a more typical time in late March, and very little rain or wind during the May flowering period resulted in a generous but not excessive cluster count. When fruit set occurred in June, the crop size looked average, but as summer progressed, the clusters filled out beautifully, with much heavier clusters than usual.

bialla vineyards sign, jordan chardonnay grapes

The 2018 Chardonnay Vintage Endured No Heat Spikes or Rain

The summer of 2018 had glorious weather, including a return of the late-summer cooling trend more common before the drought years of 2012-2014. August brought its welcomed foggy, cool mornings but without the late-summer heat spikes we witnessed in 2010 and 2017. The only real weather concerns were a single heat spike in June during fruit set, and a little rain in late September. Fortunately, all of Jordan’s Chardonnay grapes were picked before the rain, and the weather was glorious throughout October with cool, foggy mornings and sunny days.

Vines beginning to bud

The 2018 Chardonnay Vintage Combined Quality and Quantity

Due to the similarities between 2012 and 2018, we were able to use the 2012 vintage cluster weights to assess the crop level for the 2018 vintage. We’re never sure how many tons of grapes per acre a vineyard block will produce, and while experience helps, growers and winemakers are more often wrong than right when it comes to crop estimates. The 2018 vintage was no exception; rather than producing an average yield as we’d initially expected, cluster sizes in many blocks came in at a record high—just like the 2012 vintage.

2016 Russian River Valley Chardonnay grapes on the vine.

Chardonnay Grapes Enjoyed Extended Hang Time

After the long, cool mornings of August, September enjoyed moderately warm afternoons that ripened the grapes slowly, so we delayed all chardonnay picking to give the grapes more hang time. With no threat of rain in the forecast in early or mid-September, we had the luxury of letting the grapes reach full maturity through extended hang time, concentrating their varietal aromas, mid-palate character and depth of fruit flavor. Picking began September 18 and continued until October 14, which allowed the small berries to develop bright, apple flavors. These were some of the most delicious chardonnay grapes our Russian River vineyards have ever produced, bursting with bright intensity.

jordan russian river chardonnay bottle with wine glass

Learn more about the 2018 Jordan Chardonnay.