Thursday, May 5, 2011

Featured Club J Member "Barbara Croteau"!

Featured Member

Barbara Croteau
Photo taken at J Signature Bar

How long have you been a member of Club J?

Barbara   Eight Years!

What do you like best / enjoy about Club J?

Barbara  The great wines and great people who work here.  Great events and the Bubble Room is the best!

What is your favorite J Wine & Food Pairing?

Barbara   J Vineyards Pinotage with Santa Maria tri-tip.

Special Interests you would like to share about you.

Barbara   Look forward to gardening, hiking and snorkeling on the Big Island in my impending retirement.

To inquire about becoming a Featured Club J Member, please contact Elisa Brennan at, or visit our J Tasting Room and the Wine Specialists will be happy to obtain your feedback and photo.

We look forward to seeing you featured on the J Vineyards & Winery Facebook Fan Page!


Monday, May 2, 2011


Photography by George Rose

J Vineyards & Winery, the Russian River Valley sparkling and varietal wine producer, has appointed Melissa Stackhouse as its new Vice President of Winemaking.

Stackhouse will lead a dedicated winemaking team in solidifying J’s 25-year reputation as a top Sonoma County sparkling wine house, and build on the winery’s budding estate-driven varietal wine program.

“Melissa brings a wealth of Russian River Valley experience that will lift J to a new level of Estate-driven Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris winemaking,” said J Vineyards & Winery Founder and President, Judy Jordan. “She possesses a unique ability to connect with people, but it is her amazing skill as a winemaker that defines her, and will help shape my vision for J.”

Photography by George Rose

Stackhouse is a graduate of the University of California at Davis where she earned a Bachelor degree in Viticulture and Enology in 1998. She was Winemaker at La Crema from 2003 to 2010, and most recently, Pinot Noir Winemaster for all Jackson Family Wines.

“I look forward to walking Judy’s Estate vineyards with an eye on the fast-approaching 2011 harvest,” said Stackhouse. “Winemaking at J will retain its intimacy and authenticity, rooted in the soil, clones, and everything Mother Nature has to offer.”

Stackhouse takes over the winemaking duties at J following the departure of winemaking veteran George Bursick, who has gone on to develop Bursick Wine Consulting.

J Vineyards & Winery is located at 11447 Old Redwood Highway south of Healdsburg. The winery focuses on Brut and Brut Rosé sparkling wines, as well as Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Gris Estate 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. The winery is celebrating its 25th Anniversary this year. To learn more, or to join the J Wine Club, go to

Monday, April 25, 2011

Club J Featured Wine Club Members Jan & David Dahlke!

Featured Members

Jan & David Dahlke
Photo taken at J Signature Bar

How long have you been a member of Club J?

Not sure, though we are in our tenth year of being J fans.  I was first at the property in the mid-80s when it was Piper Sonoma. Was visiting the wine country from Alaska, where I grew up and began my career.

What do you like best / enjoy about Club J?

We thoroughly enjoy the J experience and the treatment we receive from the cast of characters on the J staff.

The hospitality is friendly, superb, always!! Can't single out anyone in particular, all are terrific!!

The Bubble Room is our favorite. We are there monthly and with every menu change.

It's great to stop by for our club pickups, to celebrate something, or just because...

What is your favorite J Wine & Food Pairing?

We like to experience all of Mark's pairings.  The "chocolate" menu was terrific. Who would of "thunk" you could use chocolate the way that Mark did?!

It's great that the recipes are available. We do "try this at home," often.

Special Interests you would like to share about you.

Being virtually retired, we like to travel the highways visiting family, friends and wine areas around the country. And, not necessarily in that order!!

 To inquire about becoming a Featured Club J Member, please contact Elisa Brennan at, or visit our J Tasting Room and the Wine Specialists will be happy to obtain your feedback and photo.

We look forward to seeing you featured on the J Vineyards & Winery Facebook Fan Page!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Judy Jordan & Mark E. Caldwell are featured on “Tony & Kasey’s Best of Food & Wine” radio show!

Listen Up! “Tony & Kasey’s Best of Food & Wine” radio show that aired on AM 650 based in Vancouver, British Columbia featured J Vineyards & Winery Founder & President Judy Jordan and Executive Chef, Mark E. Caldwell on April 21, 2011.

Kasey Wilson & Anthony Gismondi

Tony, Kasey, Stu & Art of “Tony & Kasey’s Best of Food & Wine” radio show had the ultimate Russian River Valley tasting experience in the beautifully appointed J Bubble Room as they enjoyed an elegant lunch paired with J Vineyards & Winery sparkling & varietal wines, prepared by Executive Chef Mark E. Caldwell and his exclusive team. Their ultimate tasting experience was elaborated during their radio show interview with Judy & Mark.

(From left to right at the J entrance)
Art Factora - Radio Engineer, Anthony (Tony) Gismondi - Radio Host, Kasey Wilson - Radio Host, Stu Ferguson - Radio Producer

(From left to right in the J Visitor Center)
Kasey Wilson - Radio Host, Anthony (Tony) Gismondi - Radio Host,  Judy Jordan - J Founder & President, George Rose - J Communications Director, Art Factora - Radio Engineer, Stu Ferguson - Radio Producer

Elegant J Bubble Room Lunch Menu

Pan Roasted Local Beef Striploin, Parsley Potatoes Purée, Asparagus, Pinot Noir Reduction
Paired with
2008 J Vineyards Pinot Noir, Nicole's Vineyard

Citrus Olive Oil Cake, Rose Petal Parfait, Soft Cream, Strawberries
Paired with

Tony & Kasey’s Favorite J Pairing:

If you missed the live interview from Hotel Healdsburg last night, not to worry, links to the radio interviews are easily available to you per the following link:

Judy Jordan & Mark E. Caldwell

The Best of Food & Wine in Sonoma - April 21st, 2011 Part 1 with Judy Jordan (timestamp begins at 43:30).

The Best of Food & Wine in Sonoma - April 21st, 2011 Part 2 with Judy Jordan & Mark E. Caldwell (at the beginning of the podcast).

Kasey & Tony
About the Show
Tony and Kasey’s Best of Food & Wine Show has been a weekly tradition on Vancouver radio since 1997. Anthony Gismondi and Kasey Wilson hosted over 650 shows at CFUN 1410 for more than 12 years and will be heard every Thursday evening from 6 - 7 pm on All-time Favorites AM 650 in Vancouver.

Each week, the talented duo will entertain, educate, and talk food and wine with many of the top players in and outside of Canada. Kasey and Tony will set the table for the weekend pointing you to great wine buys, the best in restaurant dining and all things connected to food and wine - in prime time from 6 to 7pm weekly on Thursdays.

The Best of Food & Wine has broadcast on location from food and wine festivals in New York, Seattle, Sonoma County, Banff, Victoria, and Whistler. Among the guests who have joined Tony and Kasey: Julia Child, Gordon Ramsay, Piero Antinori, Anthony Von Mandl, Howard Soon, John Bishop, and Rob Feenie.


About the Hosts
Anthony Gismondi
Anthony Gismondi is one of North America’s most influential wine critics. He is Editor-in-chief at Wine Access, Canada’s national wine magazine and has been a weekly wine columnist for the Vancouver Sun since 1989. Anthony is also founder and Publisher of

Kasey Wilson
Kasey Wilson is an Award winning Vancouver-based food and travel writer, Broadcaster, Author, food editor, and restaurant reviewer. She is Editor of Best Places Vancouver and Food editor of Wine Access magazine. Kasey is also an on-Line contributor to Conde Nast’s and

Monday, April 18, 2011

92 Points - Wine Enthusiast for J Vineyards 2009 "Barrel 16" Chardonnay

June 2011 Issue

This small-production Chard is a real success for J. It’s comprised of their best fruit from warmer and cooler parts of the valley. The flavors are complex, ranging from apricots and tangerines to lemons and golden mangoes, while oak adds lovely notes of buttered toast and créme brûlée. Drink now. —S.H.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Merchants & Millers Olive Oil Company at J Vineyards & Winery, May 7, 2011

Merchants & Millers Olive Oil Company
May 7, 2011 / 11:00 - 5:00pm
J Vineyards & Winery Visitor Center
All Welcome

Our friends from Merchants & Millers Olive Oil Company, John Hadley and Kevin Rogers, will be here at J to share their award-winning products: Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Meyer Lemon Olive Oil. We think these are two of the best olive oils around. These talented millers have created Sonoma County olive oils of superior quality with the right amount of fruitiness, bitterness and pungency. Come by and visit with John and Kevin while you enjoy your J Winery tasting experience!

No reservation necessary for this event.

This event is complimentary with a J Signature Flight or a Bubble Room Flight.