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Thanksgiving Tradition

Jordan’s elegant wines will complement my Thanksgiving feast.

By Jan Walsh

Photography by Beau Gustafson

I have a tradition about Thanksgiving wines. The selection includes only wines of vineyards that I have personally walked with the vintners and winemakers—memories for which I am grateful.

On a recent trip to Sonoma County, I had the pleasure of spending a few days at Jordan Vineyard and Winery. After tasting in the library, walking through the vineyards, and picnicking at their lake with John Jordan as he shared the history of the property and his family—I knew my Thanksgiving 2010 wines would include vintages of Jordan Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon.

In 1972 Tom Jordan founded Jordan Vineyard and Winery with a dream of crafting world class Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. In 2005 his son, John left his law practice to run the family winery, continuing this dream come true. Jordan Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2008 is a gorgeous wine. It is bright, straw in color, has a crisp acidity and offers aromas and flavors of peaches, apples, pear and kiwi. Jordan Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 is approachable now or can be cellared for 10 to 15 years. Concentrated notes of blackberry and blueberry meld with the wine’s balance of acidity and soft tannins.

Published, B-Metro magazine, November, 2010

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