Location: Jordan Winery
While on our anniversary visit to Healdsburg, Neema and I decided to stop into now what is one of our favorite vineyards, Jordan Winery, for a tour and tasting. Now, most of the time, you leave a winery talking about the delicious wine or beautiful grounds, but walking away from Jordan we couldn’t stop talking about the experience. We’ve been to many (many) wineries throughout the years and Jordan was easily the most unique wine tasting experience we’ve had. And before I go any further, I want to clarify that this is not a sponsored post (but if it was, I would request payment in the form of their 2011 Cabernet) — I simply just have to share this place with you!
As we drove up to the vineyard, we were immediately taken aback by the beauty of Jordan’s 58,000 sq ft French-inspired Chateau. Ivy covered almost every inch of the exterior, red shutters framed each window – it was as if the French countryside had come to California. Neema and I looked at each other, knowing exactly what the other was thinking, How have we not been here before? The Winery Tour & Library Tasting started on the front lawn under the trees where we listened to the story of how the winery came to be. The US owners, a married couple with an affinity for French wine and food, built this place in 1972 after realizing that Alexander Valley soil produced similar style wines, that rivaled their French favorites.
We continued walking around the property, pausing for a sip of their Chardonnay, overlooking the family’s farm and eventually making our way to the barrel room. Everything about Jordan embodied French elegance. Chandeliers hung from the ceiling beams, softly illuminating the room of French Oak drums. The barrels were imported from France in the 70’s and were so large, the building had to be constructed around them once they were put in place.
Our final stop was my favorite — the library. This wasn’t your average library, in fact, it only held a handful of books. Instead, the shelves were filled with pictures and pieces of Jordan’s history over the years. I had assumed that the final tasting would be in this room, but it wasn’t until our guide took hold of one of the shelves, pulling back a hidden door, that I realized he had more exciting plans for us. He led us to a “secret” cellar room — dim, cool, with a long dining table in the center. Each seat was plated with artisan cheeses and Jordan’s homemade olive oil. We spent the next hour or so nibbling hors ‘doeuvres, sipping wine of all ages, and learning more about the background of each bottle he poured.
We didn’t want the experience to end but when it did, we promised ourselves we’d come back later in the year for their 3-hour Estate Tour & Tasting. I can only imagine this place just gets more magical with fall foliage, and by then, I’m sure we’ll need to refresh our Jordan wine selection!
SHOP GINGHAM TOPS
Gingham is my favorite pattern when it comes to this time of year and there’s no shortage of it on the shelves! I’m wearing this Halogen ruffled one-shoulder top (size down) and sharing a few more cute gingham options below!