In April 2012 I interviewed Judy Jordan, Founder and President of J Vineyards & Winery; all of the South Florida Food and Wine Spotlight Interviews are special to me but my Girl Power, Interviews with Female Chefs, Vintners and Entrepreneurs are most near and dear to me, as I am a part of the Girl Power and to hear their stories first hand is beyond inspirational.
When I started SouthFloridaFoodandWine.com back in 2009, one of the very first wine tastings I went to was J wines. One of my dearest friends sells this wine so I was lucky to get in-depth information on the wines and Ms. Jordan. Fast forward three years, still taken with J wines and Jordan’s story, I picked up the phone, called J Vineyards & Winery and asked to speak with Judy Jordan. Unfortunately Ms. Jordan wasn’t in at the time, actually she was at her daughter’s school, so I spoke with the Director of Marketing, George Rose, we became fast friends, I got the interview and became an even bigger fan.
J Vineyards & Winery is a Sonoma County winery focusing on Brut and Brut Rose sparkling wines, as well as terroir-driven varietal wines, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris. Celebrating twenty-five years of winemaking, J Vineyards & Winery aptly named it anniversary blend, J Cuvée 20; the non-vintage Brut is made from Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier [grapes]. Approachable, and likable for the wine expert, the wine enthusiast and the novice. Melissa Stackhouse, winemaker at J, has crafted the idyllic wine, being able to appeal to three very diverse audiences. The J Cuvée 20 exudes a well-paired sweetness of apple, pear, and caramel against the savory; toast, almonds, yeast and citrus. J Cuvée 20 is a classically-styled sparkling wine.
This one is my favorite. Everything about the J Brut Rosé works for me, on every level, so much so, I really prefer not to share it, at all. With anyone. Pretty in pink, this Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier blend is a superb showing of strawberries and cream, tangerine, and rose petals with a touch of rustic brioche bringing the wine full circle. What that means is, that the wine is artfully balanced with subtlety and intensity, on the nose and palate. And yes, it is ideal to sip alone, but of course tastes so much better when shared.
- J Vineyards & Winery 11447 Old Redwood Highway, Healdsburg, CA 95448 888.594.6326