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s we head into spring, the season of renewal, and begin to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Jordan Vineyard &
Winery, it's ironic that my memories of the estate keep returning to giant tractors.
I was born the same year my parents, Tom and Sally Jordan, bought the property and was just learning to talk in
full sentences when they began construction of the winery.
I can remember being in awe of the size of those Caterpillars®. The tires were at least twice my height. I was so amazed by
the sheer size of that enormous piece of equipment, one of the operators let me sit on his lap for a few minutes so I could
get a better view of the entire machine.
Nearly four decades later, that same sense of awe fills me when I drive up the road each morning. Some days, I take different
routes through the estate to see it from a new perspective. Each time I pass a familiar spot I am reminded of how nature has
a way of evolving so gradually that everything appears to be the same, and yet there are subtle differences caused by the
changing light or seasons.
Lately, I’ve been driving by the new cattle pens first thing in the morning. I’m very excited by their presence and am looking
forward to growing the herd. I’ve been contemplating adding some sheep and goats this year. Not only is having the animals on
the estate another sustainable component of our entire ecosystem, but we could craft our own cheese for tasting pairings too.
This year holds a lot of promise. We have some very special plans to celebrate our 40th birthday, as well as a bevy of other
events where we’ll pour our wine, keeping
company with the best of the wine and
food world. Be sure to visit jordanwinery.
com/40 to learn how you can celebrate
with us.
Our use of technology continues to
evolve, as you’ll learn when you read how
our Viticulturist Brent Young is making
it work for us in the estate vineyards.
Executive Chef Todd Knoll has discovered
a new piece of kitchen equipment and has
once again wowed me with his ability to
experiment and expand his repertoire,
building our culinary program into the
most robust and innovative in Northern
California. You’ll know what I mean when
you read about his latest kitchen toy, a
dehydrator.
Our Jordan Estate Rewards program
continues to grow, and you’ll find exciting
news about the program in this issue.
Our revamped online store will premiere
this summer, and we’re excited to give you a preview of our commemorative gifts, wines and wearables in the Chateau
Boutique on page 14.
My parents had a vision for Jordan, the estate and our wines. It has been my pleasure to build upon their vision each time
we add something new to our programs. One thing that has never changed is our commitment to making wines of greatness
that are elegant, delicious and food friendly.
We decided early on to always make Cabernet Sauvignon with lower alcohol that is not over extracted, so it would be a
harmonious part of the pleasures of the table. We’ve never wavered from that commitment.
We’ve also been true to our Chardonnay, always seeking out the best fruit sources and never resting on our laurels.
Today our Chardonnay is one of the best to emerge from the Russian River Valley.
We hope you’ll visit us soon and experience the many facets of our estate. We thank you for the support you’ve given
us over the last four decades and we look forward to continuing our friendship for many more.
Cheers!

John Jordan

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