Sips of the Week
Jordan Chardonnay, Alexander Valley, Sonoma $35.99
Winemaker’s Notes: The 2011 Chardonnay is an elegant expression of a vintage that wanted anything but to be tamed. Aromas of freshly cut Fuji and Granny Smith apples, stone fruits and white flowers lead to vibrant minerality and bright fruit flavors. The creamy mid-palate is framed by well-integrated French oak and lively acidity that carry through to a refreshingly long finish. 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot, 1% Malbec
Chef’s Pairing Suggestions: With an ability to accentuate flavors in a broad range of cuisines, 2011 is perfect for the table. It carries the brightness and acidity to stand up to ceviche and raw oysters, as well as the roundness to complement crab or shrimp. The depth and mid-palate allow it to accompany grilled or roasted chicken, pasta with cream sauce, and white-fleshed fish such as halibut or sole.
John Jordan, CEO Jordan Winery joined us to talk about his new project to take the wine list off the page and into an iPad! Born in Colorado in May 1972—the same day his parents, Tom and Sally Jordan, signed the deed on their first Alexander Valley property and established Jordan—John Jordan has served as Chief Executive Officer of the winery since October 2005. In 2010, John co-founded a technology company that specializes in digital wine list solutions for restaurants.
He joined the vineyard & winery in 2003 and was promoted to executive chef in 2007 and today oversees the entire Jordan culinary program, which includes preparing little tastes daily for tour and tasting guests, cooking meals for trade guests and special events, managing the estate garden, crafting Jordan Estate Extra Virgin Olive Oil Jordan’s house style allows Chef Knoll to push the envelope with counter-intuitive ingredient selections. His cuisine utilizes seasonal produce from the Jordan garden and orchard, located on a hillside behind the kitchen, as well as local growers and artisanal purveyors.
Try the Jordan Chardonnay with Chef’s suggested pairing:
Early Summer Panzanella with Marinated Manchago.
Try the Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon with Chef’s suggested pairing: Hangar Steak and Asparagus Salad
6/1: Join Laurie at the Hunt Valley Great Grapes Festival, Oregon Ridge State Park for her seminar at 1 PM
6/15: Join Laurie for her smash hit wine tasting comedy show Something to Wine About at Knob Hall Winery in Clear Spring, MD at 7PM
6/20: Join Laurie at the Queen in Wilmington, DE at 7:30 PM for her wine tasting comedy show Something to Wine About with special musical guest Paul Cullen
We’ll focus on one of the hottest wine regions these days–Washington state and we’ll find out what’s so great about drinking local wine from Dave McIntyre of the Washington Post!
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