Wednesday, October 26, 2011

J Vineyards & Winery Founder & President Judy Jordan Wins Women’s Initiative "Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award"!

Judy Jordan

Judy Jordan, Founder and President of J Vineyards & Winery, has been named a “Woman Entrepreneur of the Year in the North Bay.” The award is given by Bay Area nonprofit Women’s Initiative for Self-Employment and recognizes women business owners in the Bay Area who:
  • Have been successful despite the barriers that exist for women business owners
  • Exemplify how business ownership and leadership is beneficial for women
  • Have a positive impact on the local community or the community at large
  • Advance their business through innovation
The Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award recognizes these women entrepreneurs and their businesses for their leadership and positive contributions to their communities.  Jordan will be recognized at the Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, November 15th at the Mill Valley Community Center in Mill Valley.
Approximately 600 businesses were nominated for the award throughout the Bay Area and more than 42 women will be honored with the Woman Entrepreneur of the Year in regions throughout the Bay Area.  For more information and a complete list of winners, go to

About Women’s Initiative
For more than 22 years, Women’s Initiative for Self Employment has been providing low-income, high potential women with the business training, funding and ongoing support to start their own business and becoming financially independent.  The women who go through the training significantly increase their income and assets while launching businesses, creating jobs and stimulating the local economy.

About J Vineyards & Winery
Founded in 1986 by Judy Jordan, J Vineyards & Winery is an independently-owned Sonoma County winery.  The Winery is celebrating its 25th Anniversary.

J Vineyards & Winery focuses on non-vintage Brut, Vintage Brut, and Brut Rosé sparkling wines, as well as Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Gris Estate varietal wines, all crafted from grapes farmed primarily within Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley appellation.

The J Vineyards & Winery Visitor Center and Bubble Room is located at 11447 Old Redwood Highway, south of Healdsburg. To learn more, or to join the J Wine Club, go to   You can also follow us on Facebook.

Friday, October 14, 2011




Share your love of J this holiday season.  Purchase a J Gift Card and eliminate the hassle of hauling wrapped packages through airport security or paying extra baggage fees.

Better yet, surprise someone with a J Gift Card before the holiday season and watch his or her face light up like Holiday lights.

Purchase a J Gift Card by calling 888-594-6326, visiting our website at, or dropping by our Visitor Center where we will offer a complimentary tasting* of our J Brut Rose for each person purchasing a J Gift Card in our Visitor Center. 

J Gift Cards can be loaded in $50 increments from our website or any denomination in the J Visitor Center. The J Gift Card is perfect for purchasing wine* or J merchandise from our boutique.

(*You must be 21 years of age to purchase & taste wine)

Friday, October 7, 2011

J Harvest News from our Winemaker, Melissa Stackhouse, Friday, October 7, 2011

Melissa Stackhouse, J Winemaker

The J harvest of 2011 continues to roll on.  We are nearly finished with Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir.  Early sampling of our 2011 Russian River Valley Estate Pinot Noir shows a vintage across the board that is nothing less than exquisite.  Most of the lots are still in tank, on the skins and fermenting.  A few Russian River Valley Pinot Noir lots are already in barrel, having been drained and pressed last week. These wines will be going through malolactic fermentation in barrel, and will be aged for about nine months. We expect blending to begin in early spring.

Melissa Stackhouse Admiring J Estate Pinot Noir Grapes

And happily, we completed our sparkling wine harvest weeks before the rain began to fall.  The sparkling lots are all tucked away in tanks awaiting assemblage. We will begin blending these wines at the end of October for tirage bottling in early February.  The 2011 sparkling wine vintage can be characterized with one word — spectacular!

 Spectacular Night Harvest in Nonny's Vineyard

Our major challenge this harvest, however, has been with Chardonnay.  Chardonnay is always the variety that takes a hit when the Russian River Valley weather becomes marginal.  The seven-day forecast will hopefully bring us warmer and drier weather.  We’re keeping our fingers crossed and hope to finish this year’s harvest by the end of next week.  

J Vineyards Russian River Valley Chardonnay

We will keep you posted on our progress.

Best Regards,
Melissa Stackhouse, J Winemaker