If you’ve tried Jordan Winery’s Chardonnay or Cabernet Sauvignon, you know they embody decades of winemaking perfection. But, visit the winery and the experience behind the wines is as memorable as the wines themselves.
The Jordan Family made their fortune in Colorado and, after many visits to France, they found a gorgeous piece of property in the Alexander Valley of Sonoma County and literally built a chateau while planting the varietals they adored.
Driving into Jordan Winery is very akin to driving onto a French country estate and that experience doesn’t stop on arrival. Don’t be surprised to find that Jordan is actually a true ranch with longhorn cattle and other farm animals, as well as acres of produce that is incorporated into all of the food served at the winery. There is even a well-stocked natural pond, which you will gaze across if lucky enough to do the exclusive Estate Tour and Tasting.
Although there is a Tasting for $30 and one that includes a winery tour for $40, I would highly suggest the big mama at $120 for three hours. It takes off in a Jordan Van at 10 AM to tour the property while tasting wine and food pairings along the way. First, stop in the garden and pick some tomatoes or figs, then head to the pond where there is chilled Russian River Chardonnay from two vintages – and a little Bento box of goodies that pair beautifully with the Chards.
Both Jordan Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon are very age-worthy. They are made to be cellared and the Chardonnay, with 8-12 years of age, is spectacular and nuanced.
After the pond, you and your fellow tasters head up to the highest point on the property where a pagoda has been set up with an array of Alexander Valley Cabernets and even more food pairing…not quite a lunch but great bites from talented Jordan chef Ted Knoll. A few vintages of Cab can be shared among your new best friends (groups are no more than 12) and there is ample photo time. Jump back in the van and visit a few more vineyards, and then end with a special gift back at the winery.
Jordan is now under the direction of the John Jordan, the only son of founder Tom Jordan, and he has ramped up the interactive experiences so tasting wine at Jordan is memorable and educational. He truly has found a way keep lifelong fans of the brand. Their Jordan Estate Rewards program is unique in the array of experiences wine consumers can obtain, including a night in one of their spectacular suites, but plan to buy a lot of wine to get the best rewards!
Jordan makes wonderful gifts because they are always understood and appreciated. The brand has built their reputation through extensive restaurant placements and commitment to customer. I personally think a vertical of Chardonnay would be unique and appreciated by Chard fans that appreciate a Burgundian style that was made to last and even get better with age.
And, for the first time ever, the winery is offering to the public a romantic Valentine’s Day experience in the winery complete with a multi-course dinner, an array of wines and an ambiance that can’t be beat. The whole property just oozes romance!
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Barbara Barrielle has a long history of working in wine as a publicist for both major wineries and boutique operations. Recently she has been writing about wine, spirits, food and travel for major magazines and as a guest blogger, She also produces a red carpet show, is an actor, film producer and screenwriter.
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