by Fred McMillin
A Bride Guide
...Paul Dickson, Toasts, p.108
June brides require June bubblies. Our sparkler is made by Judy Jordan who was a bride herself not so many years ago. (She now has two young children.)
The Rest of the Story
These are not among the U.C.-Davis guidelines on how to prepare to launch a winery, but they worked for Judy. Today she's CEO of the J Wine Company, 40,000-case-range and over 250 acres of Russian River Valley vineyards. The latter are the stars of J. There are seven different vineyards providing grapes for the J sparkler. The spectrum of aromas and flavors come from 5 clones of Chardonnay grown on three different rootstocks and 12 different clones of Pinot Noir grown on six different rootstocks. A pretty sophisticated effort...as Judy says, "A lot has happened since we made our first experimental bubbly out of the back door of my father's winery." (Father is Tom Jordan, founder of the Alexander Valley's prestigious still-wine Jordan Winery.) So here's our sparkler for the June bride.
Wine of the Day
1994 J Sparkling Wine, Brut
About Judy Jordan, I notice she regularly refers to the J staff as a team. She knows something about teams because she was a member of a pretty good one. It was the Stanford tennis team that won the national championship in the 80's.
At this moment I'm looking at a publication which states Dom Perignon created the first sparkler (champagne) in 1639. He was born in 1638. Precocious!
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