Wednesday, September 24, 2008

J Pinot Noir on Anthony Dias Blue's Blue Lifestyle Minute

Anthony Dias Blue is a James Beard Foundation Award recipient and one of the most influential food and wine personalities in the United States. He recently talked about J’s Pinot Noir winemaking program on his James Beard Award–winning Blue Lifestyle Minute radio program in early September. The show broadcasts on WCBS in New York and KFWB in Los Angeles, and was heard by over 1,000,000 listeners.

Anthony talks about how Judy Jordan decided to expand the still wine program, using Russian River Valley fruit, and how our "maverick" winemaker George Bursick is using long, slow fermentations lasting up to 4 month to ratchet up J’s Pinot Noir program.

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Monday, September 22, 2008

J Cuvée 20: Washington Post Wine Pick Of The Week

Last week Washington Post wine writers Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg suggested that thinking of wines as having "personalities" makes for improved wine pairings with food. Collaborating with a creativity expert, they used enneagrams as a tool to find these personalities.

One of the wines they used was J's Cuvée 20 Brut, which was also Karen's Pick of the Week. She offers it "will lift your spirits and the flavors of virtually any hors d'oeuvre, especially fried or salty ones."

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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Press Democrat Wine of the Week: J Vineyards Pinot Noir!

Wine writer Peg Melnik has just named J Vineyards 2006 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir the Press Democrat Wine Of The Week! Tasted blind amongst other standout Pinot Noirs, she gave it four stars, explaining "it had the most sex appeal with its lush texture and rich mouth feel."

See below for a video of Peg's recent visit to J, where she interviews winemaker George Bursick on his approach to making Pinot Noir and talks about J's food and wine program.

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Her interview of George can also be read by clicking here or pasting the link below:

From Wine Review Online: "Beautiful Bubblies...and Beyond"

Linda Murphy recently recounted her visit to J as part of a vertical tasting of J Vintage Brut, from the initial 1987 bottling through the newly released 2000 vintage. She writes how this event demonstrated the evolution of the Vintage Brut program at J and Judy Jordan's commitment to making only the best Russian River Valley sparkling wines.

She finds the 2000 J Vintage Brut to have "an enticing brioche nose, creamy mousse, green apple, tropical and citrus fruits, and a spicy kick of ginger. It has, dare I say it, some true Champagne personality to go with sunny California fruit."

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Thursday, September 11, 2008

J 2008 Start of Harvest on KTVU Channel 2

August 7th, 2008 marked the second vintage of estate grown Russian River Valley sparkling and varietal grape harvest harvested by Winemaker George Bursick, Viticulturalist John Erbe and the top notch production team at J Vineyards & Winery. J was also the first winery to bring in its own estate grown fruit. To mark the event, KTVU Channel 2 brought a crew to film the start of harvest as part of their Mornings At Two program, hosted by Ross MacGowan.

You can view George's interview by Ross by clicking the YouTube video below, or click here to see in higher quality.
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Tuesday, September 9, 2008

J Pinot Gris in the DC Examiner

J’s 2007 Pinot Gris was recently recommended by Scott Greenberg in the DC Examiner, the Washington D.C. area publication. Scott writes that J's Pinot Gris "is both refreshing and luscious at the same time."

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The DC Examiner gets 1,811,978 weekly impressions, and has a circulation of 280,000.

Monday, September 8, 2008

90 points in Wine & Spirits for J Pinot Gris

In the October issue of Wine & Spirits, Josh Greene writes that J Pinot Gris is "a rich, sleek white with gentleness of coastal rain," exhibiting "simple flavors of the grape and nutty lees, " and "ends on a tart lemon note."

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Wednesday, September 3, 2008

J Visitor Center Featured in Sonoma Valley Sun's “Road Trip”

Wine and Lifestyle writer Marty Olmstead of the Sonoma Valley Sun recently featured the J Visitor Center as a favored spot in her cover story "West Side Story: Over the highway and through the vineyards." Marty describes her experience in the "tony" Bubble Room as "a true knockout", while speaking highly of the hospitality, surroundings and the tastings created by Executive Chef Mark Caldwell and his team.

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Marty is a freelance writer and the author of several guidebooks. She covers the California wine country for the Marin Independent Journal, and is a contributor to numerous national and regional publications including Wine Country Living and the San Francisco Chronicle. Marty is based in Sonoma, California.