Thursday, November 18, 2010

J 2002 Vintage Brut Paired with Dungeness Crab with Blood Orange and Tarragon on Endive!

Crab Season Starts Today!

Act now to take advantage of complimentary shipping on our newly released 2002 Vintage Brut!

 One of the greatest culinary pleasures for those of us lucky enough to live on the Pacific Coast is the start of the Dungeness Crab season. The commercial crabbing season traditionally begins November in northern California and by all accounts, this should be a bountiful year for the tasty crustaceans.

Whether you head down to the docks yourself or buy from your local store, we should soon have a plentiful supply of this delicacy. And regardless whether you prefer it plain on a salad, with clarified butter and lemon or in any number of delicious recipes (see below), there is one wine that always works with crab: J Sparkling Brut!

The 2002 J Brut has a bright, exotic nose with hints of pear and citrus followed by coconut, spice and yeasty aromas. The slight nutty and toasty notes lend a nice balance to the fruit. Delicate bubbles lift the complex flavors across your palate and lead into a long, lush finish.

We are also glad to note that Charles Olken of the Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, the oldest review of California wine, recently awarded our 2002 Vintage Brut 95 points and three "puffs".

To celebrate the start of crab season, we are offering complimentary shipping on any purchase of four bottles or more of our 2002 Vintage Brut. Simply call us at 707-431-5479 or go to our web site and enter the coupon code 02VB4 at checkout to take advantage of this offer. For those of you who live nearby, we have added a "pick up at winery" shipping option to our web site. If you prefer to stop by and pick up your wine, we would love to share a glass with you at the winery.

Featured Recipe:
Dungeness Crab with Blood Orange and Tarragon on Endive

This is a fairly minimalist recipe that balances the sweetness of the crab meat with the zippy citrus notes of the blood orange and the earthiness of the endive.

1 cup Crab Meat
¼ cup Watermelon Radish, grated
2 teaspoons Blood Orange zest, blanched
1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon Blood Orange juice
2 teaspoons Tarragon, finely chopped
Pinch of salt
20 Endive spears
2 tablespoons Parsley, finely chopped for garnish

Combine all ingredients and serve on endive spears.
Sprinkle with chopped parley for garnish.
Serve with 2002 J Vintage Brut

Recipe Courtesy of J Executive Chef, Mark E. Caldwell

Monday, November 15, 2010

90 Points! - Wine Review OnLine for J Vineyards 2008 Russian River Valley Chardonnay

Winemaker George Bursick gave this Chardonnay a full-court treatment, including barrel fermentation, aging in Burgundy oak barrels and extended malolactic fermentation. The result is a delicately balanced wine with a brilliant light gold color and subtle scents of lemon rind and ripe nectarines. Brisk acidity supports the soft toasted oak and lemony flavors, while the wine finishes dry at 14.3% alcohol. I especially liked the texture and crisp acidity of this refreshing Chardonnay.

90 Points - Gerald D. Boyd, WRO 

Nov. 15, 2010

Good Taste with Tanji: "The Beautiful Bubble Room at J Winery, a Sonoma Tasting Treasure"

Tanji Patton of Good Taste with Tanji

A special treat if you’re interested in exploring good food and wine pairings is the Bubble Room at J Winery. You’ll pay about $60 pp for the experience, but keep in mind, there are five courses of well paired dishes with J’s wonderful wines.

J Vineyards is a beautiful winery with a fabulous patio that overlooks the picturesque Sonoma valley. J also has a wonderful selection of gift items in its tasting room.

The corn chowder on our trip was spectacular and a great match with their sparkling wine!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

J Rosé for Turkey Day - Get in on the Best Kept Secret in Wine!

J Rosé for Turkey Day!

Get in on the Best Kept Secret in Wine

Planning for the Thanksgiving Day feast is in full swing at most households. The food staples are well known and predictable: turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes and the obligatory yet inexplicable cranberry sauce.

Many times the wine selections are just as predictable: Pinot and Chardonnay with the traditional bottle of sparkling to kick things off. These are all fine wines that we have served many times and the reason we created our popular Thanksgiving Assortment (see details below), but many of us at J have found a new favorite for our Thanksgiving Day table.

We have recently embraced rosé as our new go-to wine. We love the light and elegant nature of the wine, its refreshing acidity and delicate strawberry and cherry notes. It's a fine complement to fowl or ham, is refreshing enough to serve as an aperitif and can even be paired with those crazy cranberries.

So if you are looking for something a little different to put on the table this year, consider serving our Vin Gris, a dry rosé of Pinot Noir, that many of us here at the winery consider one of our unsung heroes.

The 2009 J Vin Gris is regularly priced at $20 for a 750 ml bottle but to encourage you to try this wonderful wine on your Thanksgiving Day table, we are offering you the opportunity to buy this wine at 25 % off or only $15 per 750 ml bottle. Just enter the coupon code: RTD25 at checkout.

Avoid the crowded shops and last minute stress by ordering direct from us and having your Thanksgiving wine delivered to your door. To place an order for the Vin Gris, just go to our web site at, send us an email at (do not respond to this mail), or call us at 707-431-5479. If you are planning on coming to winery soon, you can order now and pick it up then by choosing "will-call" as the shipping option.

Please note, customers on the East Coast must place their orders by Thursday, November 11, 2010 in order to receive their wine by Thanksgiving.

2009 J Vin Gris, Russian River Valley
The 2009 J Vineyards Vin Gris is a dry rosé that displays a light ruby color reminiscent of Scarlett Johansson’s lips in the movie “Lost in Translation.” Lively aromas of strawberry and blueberries leap from the glass. The nose segues into mouthwatering flavors of ripe summer berries, strawberry, and tart cherry pie. There’s a nice acidity on the palate and the flavors follow the nose. This well-balanced wine starts with a crisp fruitiness, followed by a plush mid-palate and then opens to a dry and extremely refreshing finish. The wine has a balanced acidity that brightens and cleanses the palate.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Wine Spectator 88 & 89 Points: J Cuvee 20 Brut NV & J Brut Rose NV, Russian River Valley!

"Here’s a really enjoyable, balanced wine" - KCBS Food and Wine Editor Narsai David for J Vineyards 2008 RRV Chardonnay!

KCBS Food and Wine Editor Narsai David reviewed wines from Sonoma

The 2008 J Vineyards Chardonnay from the Russian River Valley is delicious even before you taste it.

“The aromas have such a perfect balance between the fruit and oak. The oak is just the subtlest touch. On the palate, that finesse continues. Mouth watering balance of citrus and lots of fruit with just the right amount of acid. Here’s a really enjoyable, balanced wine.”

Narsai David is the KCBS Food and Wine Editor. He has been a successful restaurateur, chef, TV host, and columnist in the Bay Area spanning four decades.

Monday, November 1, 2010

J Sparkles with Charles Olken of Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine!

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
by Charles Olken

It seems that California makers of the bubbly take a step forward each and every year, and this newest crop of sparkling wines is no exception. When you add in the double incentives of equivalent Champagnes costing twice as much and being less fresh in the bargain and top that with the likelihood that you can find most of the non-vintaged Bruts, Blanc de Noirs and even Rosés at discounts during the Holiday Season, there is every reason to pay attention to this category. Perhaps the single most influential step in this scenario of increasing success is the move by several makers to cooler and cooler area grapes with longer hang times and higher natural acidities. But it is the areas of Blanc de Noirs and Rosé that California producers have their greatest natural advantage. If the idea of adding a bit of red wine to your top bubblies is to increase both richness and latter palate solidity, then California Pinot Noir with its tendencies to be fuller and richer than its peers in France has a big leg up. The success of lightly and moderately pink wines in this year’s tastings made that group the stars of the show (pun intended).

Monday, October 25, 2010


HEALDSBURG, CALIFORNIA— (October 25, 2010) — J Vineyards & Winery concluded its 2010 wine harvest last Friday, and not a moment too soon. Early fall rains drenched most of Northern California over the weekend, bringing an end to a most unusual grape-growing season.

“We beat the rains,” said J Winemaker George Bursick. “The irony is that for all the anguish about a late season, we managed to end four days earlier than last year.”

A final load of grapes from Jewell Vineyard in Sebastopol, destined for J’s Russian River Valley Chardonnay, made its way into the winery just as the skies let loose.

“Although harvest started late, the long hang time during a mostly cool summer played an important role in building great acidity and delicious flavors,” said Bursick. “We had to pick around some ripening issues in the vineyard, and crop tonnage is lower than average, but 2010 is going to be another superb year for Russian River Valley Pinot Noir and Chardonnay producers.”

With J’s varietal Chardonnay settling into a slow winter-long “bâtonnage,” (a sur-lie barrel aging technique), and Pinot Noir wines still moving through barrel fermentation, a quick survey of pulled samples reveals a vintage packed with rich color, ripe flavors, and balanced acidity.

Martin Guzman, J Production Director, is happy about the pinot noir wine quality.

The grape harvest for J’s sparkling wines was completed three weeks ago as those grapes are picked at lower sugar and higher acidity levels.

J Vineyards & Winery, located on Old Redwood Highway south of Healdsburg, focuses on Brut and Brut Rosé sparkling wines, as well as Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Gris varietal wines, produced from grapes farmed primarily within Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley appellation.

Founded by Judy Jordan in 1986, J Vineyards & Winery is an independently-owned Sonoma County winery. J will begin celebrating its 25th Anniversary next year. To learn more, or to join the J Wine Club, please call (707) 431-3646, or go to