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Fabulous Healdsburg Events in 2020: Hikes, Vineyard Tastings, Picnics & More

Winter in Sonoma County wine country means rainy days, quieter tasting rooms and plenty of time for wineries to start planning this year’s best Healdsburg events. It’s also the perfect time to research things to do in Healdsburg during your next Sonoma vacation. Jordan Winery just revealed its special events calendar in its January e-newsletter, featuring more picnic lunch days, two new luxe wine pairing dinners and expanded dates for the winery’s newest wine tasting experience in a vineyard. If these Healdsburg events don’t entice you to plan a post-winter getaway to sunny Sonoma County, explore other things to do in Sonoma County.

Fabulous New Healdsburg Events in 2020

Jordan Winery dining room interior for ticketed Healdsburg events
The remodeled dining room at Jordan. Photo by Kim Carroll.

More Winery Dinner Parties in the Jordan Dining Room

Even though Jordan Winery doesn’t have a restaurant, the French-inspired producer’s chef honed his skills at the Ritz-Carlton, and he creates cuisine on par with Michelin-star restaurants for dinner party events on select days. After unveiling a jaw-dropping renovation by interior designer Geoffrey De Sousa in 2019, Jordan Winery is expanding its formal dinners to include four Healdsburg events in 2020–one each season. The annual Valentine’s Dinner and Spring Dinner with the Winemakers are now joined by a Summer Dinner of the Decades (featuring sentimental vintages ending in 6) and a Big Bottle Dinner Party during fall. Jordan’s Sunset Supper at Vista Point and its Bastille Day culinary events are on hiatus to make room for the new dinners. Tickets for these seven-course, winery restaurant-style dining experience are $295 per person.

Jordan Winery, 1474 Alexander Valley Road, Healdsburg, CA, 707-431-5250, jordanwinery.com/events
Jordan winemaker pouring from wine barrel luge
Winemaker Maggie Kruse at the Jordan Cabernet Barrel Stave Wine Luge at the inaugural event in 2019.

New Release Tasting Event Debuts in May at Jordan Winery

The official release of the 40th anniversary vintage of Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon (1976-2016) is certainly reason to celebrate. That’s why Jordan Winery is hosting a New Release Tasting to unveil all three of its May 1 spring releases: 2016 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon, 2014 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon in magnum and the 2018 Jordan Chardonnay. Held on Saturday, May 2, this Healdsburg wine tasting event showcases each new vintage alongside a delicious creation by Jordan’s culinary staff. Other exciting activities are highlighted on the winery’s events calendar. Tickets $75 per person.

Jordan Winery, 1474 Alexander Valley Road, Healdsburg, CA, 707-431-5250, jordanwinery.com/events
two guests enjoying a Sonoma winery picnic at Jordan
Guests enjoying the inaugural Jordan Winery Picnic Lunch in 2019.

More Ways to Enjoy Lunch at a Winery with Jordan Picnic Days

There are many beautiful picnic spots in Sonoma County that are open year-round, including several wineries with picnic areas. Although Jordan Winery is open by appointment and doesn’t have a picnic area, the French-inspired producer does have sweeping lawns and a gorgeous backdrop for winery picnics. That’s why Jordan’s chef is hosting more picnic lunch events at the Healdsburg winery this summer. Hosted on a Friday, two Saturdays and a Sunday in July and August, all four events will be ticketed with advance reservations required, but that’s about all the picnic planning guests will have to do. Just bring a hat and some sunscreen and then walk up to the ultimate gourmet pantry at Jordan where the typical picnic planning details have been handled. (Picnic blankets and baskets are provided, and locals are welcome to bring their own lawn chairs.) Picnic goers watch the Jordan culinary staff add the finishing touches to an array of picnic chic provisions—all paired with Jordan wines, of course. Tickets go on sale in May for $95 per person.

Jordan Winery, 1474 Alexander Valley Road, Healdsburg, CA, 707-431-5250, jordanwinery.com/events
Hikers walking through the vineyards at Jordan Estate, outdoor Healdsburg events
Hikers walking through the vineyards at Jordan Estate with Russian River in the distance.

More Sonoma Hikes at Jordan Winery During Vineyard Replant

Jordan Vineyard & Winery is bringing back its buzz-worthy vineyard hike experiences in 2020. Six hikes around the 1,200-acre Jordan Estate in Healdsburg will be hosted on select dates in spring and fall, and one of the most interesting aspects of this hiking trail is how it passes through and around several vineyard blocks in different phases of the grapevine planting process. These Sonoma hiking adventures cover about four miles through vineyards, meadows and trails, beginning in the morning and concluding in the early afternoon. Tickets for this three-hour excursion, which culminates with wine tasting and a picnic lunch, are $110 per person. For repeat hikers, the new Jordan hiking trail debuted in 2018. Details for all six vineyard hike events in Healdsburg–scheduled for April 17 and 18, May 15 and 16, and October 15 and 16–are available on the winery’s events calendar. The 2020 spring hike tickets go on sale in January for the first time.

1474 Alexander Valley Road, Healdsburg, CA, 707-431-5250, jordanwinery.com/events
jordan winery vineyard tasting, people toasting at Jordan Winery
The seated wine tasting area at Jordan’s Chateau Block vineyard.

New Cabernet Vineyard Tour & Tasting Reopens in May

In 2018, Jordan Winery planted 9,352 cabernet sauvignon grapevines across from its chateau for the first time in its four-decade history. Wine lovers can enjoy this six-acre vineyard with glass in hand as part of Jordan’s new Chateau Block Vineyard Tasting, which launched quietly last summer. The new Healdsburg wine tasting was so popular that it resumes its second season with an additional month of outdoor wine tastings now offered four days a week rather than three. After a taste of Jordan Chardonnay, guests walk to the Chateau Block’s hilltop tasting area, where a seated wine tasting at picnic tables takes place under the shade of old oak trees. The guided tasting includes three vintages of Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon spanning a decade paired with local charcuterie from Journeyman Meat Co. This seasonal wine tasting will be hosted Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from May through October for $75 per person.

1474 Alexander Valley Road, Healdsburg, CA, 707-431-5250, jordanwinery.com/visit
Fig and goat cheese crostinis made by guests at Jordan Winery lunch at Relish; Healdsburg cooking events
Fig and goat cheese crostinis welcome gets to Relish for their interactive cooking class and lunch.

More Sonoma Cooking Classes at Relish

Now in its fourth year, Jordan Winery’s Farm-to-Table Interactive Cooking Luncheon series with Relish Culinary Adventures celebrates the bountiful harvest season in Healdsburg. The day-long, hands-on excursion begins in Jordan Winery’s garden, where guests sip the Jordan Cuvée by Champagne AR Lenoble and harvest fruits, vegetables and herbs before heading to Healdsburg’s farmers market for more provisions. Hosted on three Saturdays in September and October, the experience culminates at Relish’s demonstration kitchen in downtown Healdsburg with a hands-on cooking class and seated lunch with Jordan wine pairings. Tickets are $200 per person and go on sale in July.

1474 Alexander Valley Road, Healdsburg, CA, 707-431-5250, jordanwinery.com/events

There are more ways than ever to escape to Healdsburg for a weekend to enjoy the Sonoma wine country lifestyle. Peruse Jordan Winery’s entire 2020 events calendar, featuring several more food-focused Healdsburg events, such as Spring Dinner with the Winemakers in May and Bounty of Sonoma County Dinner in August. 


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Born and raised in rural Kansas, Lisa Mattson fell in love with wine during college in South Florida and worked for a wine magazine before moving to Northern California. Her days are spent being a writer, photographer and videographer for Jordan Winery and nights cooking Thai food or microgreen salads. When she’s not eating and sipping her way through Sonoma County, she travels the world with her husband in search of the best restaurants, snorkeling spots and tiki bars.

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