The Rookie Enjoys a Jordan Experience

The tour started with a light breakfast consisting of seasonal fruits picked from the Jordan garden, scones, and freshly squeezed Orange Juice, a far better breakfast than I would have made myself. Once everyone had arrived, we were picked up by the Jordan Mercedes chariot.   Our first stop was to the Jordan garden where we met the Estate donkeys and chickens before exploring the bountiful garden beds. Next, we stopped at the serene 10 acre lake where we could taste while watching blue herons swoop down and ducks float along the surface of the lake.  We were served Jordan olive oil paired with their own crackers made by Potter’s.  The Estate has about 18 acres of olives and their olive oil is exclusively sold on property, not outsourced. We stopped by a...

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Jim the Gardener

I was at Quivira Vineyards today at the end of West Dry Creek Road.  Talk about curb appeal.  Tom Scott , the director of hospitality, had a new strategy to make cars put on their brakes and stop at his gorgeous winery.   Not for the happy pigs which you will meet ( I couldn’t resist this photo)   It was the tall unruly flowers obstructing the view that weren’t doing the trick.  So he put an ad for a FARMER on the world wide web and Jim saw the ad and called Tom from his home in Boulder, Colorado.  After speaking with the bio-dynamic farmer with a desire to return to California, they made a deal. And Jim and his pooch Chico moved not only back to California, but to a lovely home on the Quivira vineyards. I just met Jim this morning and...

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Wine Road Rookie Invited to Jordan Estate Tour

Being a rookie at Wine Road, I’ve been blown away by the generous hospitality of every winery.  I’ve feel as if I’ve been inducted into a loving family, that of course has its differences once in a while, but at the end of the day everyone pours themselves a glass of wine and reflects on the lovely life living in Wine Country. I was invited to experience the new Jordan Estate Vineyard and Garden Tour that included tastings of current releases and library wines paired with delicious little bites. Now, not being use to press treatment I was unaware of what to expect. With that in mind, I found out later though that I was not given any special treatment whatsoever, not any more than anyone from the public could enjoy.  The sneak peak into the Jordan Estate...

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We made the news (actually.. we bought it)

  CBS here we come.  Yes, Wine Road fans, we are going big time on CBS.  Not a reality show, not a news magazine, not a game show (although that is a great idea).  A commercial !  Yes, that’s right we will have our 15 seconds of fame x 20 commercials on our terms.         Okay we didn’t commit a crime ( unless having the best wine in the world counts), or save someone from near death ( although we do support the designated driver program), or rescue an animal (well… we do keep a pet wine barrel in the office) HOWEVER, we will be on television in May and June promoting Wine Tourism Day and our year round ticket to the Wine Road.     I’m not bitter that my face was not in the commercial.  (see me in...

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Barrel Tasting Post Script

I had two VIJ’s ( Very Important Jobs) during the 36th annual Barrel Tasting weekend.  I reflected that there have been thousands of jobs over the course of the 36 years and I have been a consumer at over a dozen of these fiestas. I was there to serve and kinda eager to find out how I would be a valuable team member for my first insiders look.  When I got my orders I did an inner backflip and tried to maintain a cool  Mission Impossible -Tom Cruise -Like –face as I received VIJ #1. My car was loaded with water bottles, wristband tickets, maps, and wine glasses. I became the Mo-bile Wine Road.   I trekked around the Road until World Headquarters called with an assignment : “Get to Claypool Cellars! They only have one glass left!”  During a stop at...

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Bubbly Mysteries Uncorked at Iron Horse

One of the most spectacular views, located on top of a hilly estate of Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays, is Iron Horse.  Known for their sparkling wines, Iron Horse boasts some creative cuvees and classic Bruts.  Depending on the blend and Dose, each wine is crafted with a particular taste in mind, which all end up being delicious.               Did you know that it takes about 8 years to ferment all the yeast in a sparkling wine? And Iron Horse makes special reserves that ferment for 15 years! David, the winemaker, told me that he just bottled the 2013 vintage which will be ready for consumption in 2029!     During my sparkling wine education I was allowed to pop open a new release Classic Brut before corkage.  You...

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Quill Pens and Rose Shots: The Red Car Swag

  I’ve heard of the new hip tasting room alongside the Gravenstein Highway and finally stopped in.  I first thought I was entering a music lounge.  A beautiful velvet green couch was calling my name and when I sat down I discovered the record player and shelves of records available for public selection.       “Ok,” I thought, “I need to wiggle my way to the tasting bar now.” But then I found the jewelry presentation in the corner.  What a creative display – reuse your old animal horns to hold necklaces!                     Now, the hip décor is nothing compared to your tasting room employees.  Everyone wants to have a good time and interacts with all the tasters with...

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