Sonoma chateau

There’s a piece of France near Healdsburg in Sonoma, California. From the setting among the hills to the gracious luncheon, Jordan Winery feels more like Bordeaux than anything you might expect in America’s West. I’d recommend trying to get Chef Todd Knoll to prepare a fine meal for you, if you ever have the chance — with excellent service, and the accompaniment of John Jordan (son of founder Tom Jordan) who now runs the winery. And if that’s not possible, try to get a few minutes with winemaker Rob Davis: a quietly confident man who has spent the past few decades crafting Jordan’s Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay – that’s all they make.

Tours for the public include past vintages in their tastings. Or you can just sign up for the Library Tasting – if you can find it behind the secret door.

The Sandra Jordan Collection and her Decanting book are also worth noting, if you’re looking for tasteful gifts.

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