Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Four Stars & Excellent - Quarterly Review of Wines for 2008 J Vineyards RRV Chardonnay!

Four-Star California Chardonnay!
Best of the Best California Chardonnays

Russian River Valley

Nice, crisp, well-knit, toast and lemon curd flavors. Excellent! Wines of Exemplary Character and Quality - benchmarks of their type!


Friday, March 18, 2011

Jewels & J - May 7, 2011

May 7, 2011
Seatings at 11am and 2:30pm
J Vineyards & Winery, Bubble Room
Event open to: All Welcome

Join us in the jewel-box surroundings of J Vineyards & Winery Bubble Room for a special seated wine and food pairing menu based around jewelry designer Dilek Sezen’s custom fine jewelry. Discover the elegant connection between J’s extraordinary wines and Dilek’s brilliant gemstones. Executive Chef Mark E. Caldwell will delight guests with a 3-course guided wine and food pairing menu.

Dilek Sezen is an Istanbul-born jewelry designer whose custom fine jewelry has earned her many prestigious awards. Her approach is one of couture art so that her unique creations are an exquisite blend of contemporary designs and traditional jewelry of ancient civilizations. Dilek’s international clientele is eager for her hand-crafted one of-a-kind pieces which distinguish her from other designers.

This event is $65 per person and $50 for Club J members.

To make reservations or for more information, please contact Jackie Friend at 707.431.5430.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

J's New Pinot Gris Video Hosted by Judy Jordan!

J Vineyards & Winery President & Founder,
Judy Jordan, shares her thoughts about
this exceptional, fun new offering
from her winery.

The 2009 J “California” Pinot Gris has an enticing bouquet
of tangerine and orange blossom. The crisp entry and velvety
mouthfeel bursts into flavors of Margarita lime and
Tahitian vanilla. There is a hint of honey on the palate
that complements the fruit and acid nicely. The lingering finish
invites you to relax and enjoy another taste. In fact, it is the perfect
solo sipper after a hard day at the office, or while lounging under a
tree on a summer afternoon. This layered and well-balanced wine is a
great accompaniment to a variety of foods, from spicy Asian and
Mexican cuisine to a good old-fashion turkey dinner or holiday ham.
We suggest incorporating our Pinot Gris in the ham glazing.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Selected as one of the Top 100 Wines of 2010 by the San Francisco Chronicle!

Top 100 Wines:
From small labels, big flavors come

This year was all about thinking small.
As in: small wineries, small vineyards, small amounts of wine.

That isn't to say you won't find familiar names among the Top 100 Wines, but much of the most interesting winemaking on the West Coast is increasingly taking place on a small scale. These aren't cult wineries - it's more about vintners who prefer to focus on modest projects they can control from budbreak to bottle.

Most Pinots that I tasted were from 2008, a memorable year in California and Oregon - for very different reasons. In Sonoma and Mendocino, '08 was grueling; first frost, then wildfires, wiped out a lot of fruit, and many wineries declassified their bottlings. There was still extraordinary wine, but much less of it.

With Pinot more popular than ever, there's a surprising amount to go around. This is the Top 100's largest category by far, and it is a big, impressive field of contenders.

Ever more, the finest examples are coming from small, focused labels that work with tiny amounts of fruit.

That rewards the experienced Pinot lover. In a way it returns to the way Pinot was before its celebrity status: a tricky grape whose top examples require a hunt to root out. And while prices are still steep for the best versions, there are still terrific deals to be found - if you know where to hunt.

Russian River Valley Pinot Noir ($50)
J is back in great form with the 2007 Nicole's.
There's masterful subtlety to the loam and brown-spice accents,
and lots of black fruit that unfurls in a nuanced way.

By Jon Bonné at San Francisco Chronicle

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Book Signing & Discussion with Evan Goldstein, Master Sommelier at J Vineyards & Winery on April 2, 2011

April 2, 2011
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Event open to: All Welcome

This San Francisco native is one of the most important people of the wine and food industry. As the son of chef and author Joyce Goldstein, Evan began his career at a young age in the kitchens of some of the most highly regarded restaurants of the bay area and beyond. In 1987 he became the youngest person ever to pass the Master Sommelier examination and his wine lists have received countless awards. His extensive abilities and thorough knowledge of the wine and hospitality industries have allowed him to lead educational seminars all over the world. He’ll be signing his two books: Perfect Pairings and Daring Pairings, A Master Sommelier Matches Distinctive Wines with recipes from His Favorite Chefs. Be sure to stop by to purchase a copy!

Visitors may join us in the J Balcony Lounge at 2pm for an informal discussion with Evan Goldstein followed by a meet & greet with this enthusiastic and knowledgeable authority on wine and food alike.
Executive Chef Mark E. Caldwell will feature two hors d’oeuvres from Evan’s cookbooks: The featured recipe from Perfect Pairings will be Ginger & Orange Fried Chicken paired with 2009 J Vineyards Viognier. The featured recipe from Daring Pairings will be Roasted Pork Shoulder with Pan-Roasted Carrots paired with 2008 J Vineyards Pinotage.