Guests cheersing with Jordan Chardonnay at an annual culinary event in Healdsburg

Wondering What To Do in Healdsburg in 2019? Try These New Wine Events & Tastings

Winter in Sonoma County wine country means rainy days, quieter tasting rooms and plenty of time for Healdsburg wineries to start planning this year’s best wine events. It’s also the perfect time to decide what to do in Healdsburg during your next Sonoma vacation. Jordan Winery announced several big changes to its 2019 special events calendar in its January e-newsletter, from picnic lunch days and a Bastille Day Brunch to more vineyard hikes and a new wine tasting experience in the 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.

What To Do in Healdsburg in 2019: Fabulous New Winery Events

Pouring chardonnay at Jordan Winery's New Release Tasting Event

New Release Tasting Event Debuts in May at Jordan Winery

The official release of the first Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon aged exclusively in French oak barrels is certainly reason to celebrate. That’s why Jordan Winery is hosting its first New Release Tasting to unveil all three of its annual spring releases: 2015 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon in magnum and the 2017 Jordan Chardonnay. The new release event replaces Spring at Jordan and offers different times for guests to enjoy the pairings. Hosted on May 18, this walk-around tasting showcases each new vintage alongside a delicious creation by Jordan’s culinary staff. Other exciting activities at this Healdsburg event are highlighted on the winery’s events calendar. With a  12+ bottle purchase of the 2015 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon as part of our pre-sale offer, you’ll receive two tickets to this event. (Your pre-sale purchase also gives you access to two additional tickets for $75 per person.)

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

Jordan Winery picnic lunch event with Chardonnay and charcuterie

Picnic Lunch at Jordan Winery on Set 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 picnics. That’s why Jordan’s chef is hosting two picnic lunch events at the Healdsburg winery this summer. Hosted June 15 and August 9, both 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 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 spring for $95 per person. Be sure to sign up for Jordan’s monthly newsletter for event announcements.

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

Hikers walking through the vineyards at Jordan Estate

More Vineyard Hikes at Jordan Winery on New Hiking Trail

Jordan Vineyard & Winery is bringing back its buzz-worthy vineyard hike experiences in 2019. Seven hikes around the 1,200-acre Jordan Estate in Healdsburg will be hosted on select dates in spring, summer and fall: April 26 and 27, May 10 and 11, June 12, and October 23 and 24. 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, plus tax. For repeat hikers, the new Jordan hiking trail also debuted in 2018. Details for all seven vineyard hike events are available on the winery’s events calendar.

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

Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon in the new Chateau Block vineyard where a new vertical tasting will launch

New Cabernet Vineyard Tour & Tasting Kicks off in June

Jordan Winery has planted 9,352 cabernet sauvignon grapevines across from its chateau for the first time in its history. Now, wine lovers can enjoy this six-acre vineyard with glass in hand as part of Jordan’s new Chateau Block Cabernet Sauvignon Vineyard Tasting. After a walk through the young vineyard while sipping Jordan Chardonnay, guests will begin a seated wine tasting under the shade of old oak trees, where they’ll learn about the distinct soils and typography that make Alexander Valley such an incredible place to grow world-class cabernet sauvignon. 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 Friday, Saturday and Sunday from June through October for $75 per person. Reservations will be accepted beginning in April on Jordan Winery’s Tours & Tastings page.

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

Andre Tchelistcheff and Jordan Winemaker Rob Davis in the vineyard

Wine & Film Event in Healdsburg

The documentary film André: The Voice of Wine celebrates the life of the late André Tchelistcheff, considered the most influential winemaker in American history since the repeal of Prohibition. Tchelistcheff was the original consulting winemaker for Jordan Winery, and he mentored Jordan winemaker Rob Davis from 1976 until 1994. Film director Mark Tchelistcheff, André’s grand nephew, will host a special screening and wine reception with Davis, who is featured in the film narrated by Ralph Fiennes. Hosted at the Raven Film Center in Healdsburg on June 8, the André – The Voice of Wine Movie Matinée tickets go on sale in April for $75 per person.

Raven Film Center, 415 Center Street, Healdsburg, CA, 707-525-8909, ravenfilmcenter.com

Jordan Chardonnay being poured into a glass at the winery's Bastille Day Brunch in Healdsburg

Bastille Day Dinner becomes a Sunday Brunch

What does French-inspired Jordan Winery do when France’s Independence Day falls on a Sunday? Host a fabulous Sunday brunch event, of course. Before joining Jordan Winery, husband-wife team Todd and Nitsa Knoll both worked at the Ritz-Carlton San Francisco, where they prepared the luxury hotel’s renowned brunch buffet. This new Healdsburg event in July is one of the few opportunities in Sonoma County to indulge in a lavish Sunday brunch—especially at a winery—from the sparkling glasses of Jordan Cuvée Champagne by AR Lenoble and the blinis topped with Jordan Chef’s Reserve Caviar by Tsar Nicoulai, to the buffet filled with eggs benedict, smoked salmon and other breakfast favorites. Other Jordan wines will also be served. Tickets for Bastille Day Brunch at Jordan go on sale this summer for $200 per person.

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

Two popular winery lunch series events are also returning in 2019: the Farm-to-Table Interactive Cooking Luncheons with Relish in Healdsburg and Jordan Winery Harvest Lunches.

Fig and goat cheese crostinis made by guests at an Interactive Farm-to-Table Luncheon

More Sonoma Cooking Classes at Relish

Now in its third 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 Champagne 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
jordan winery lunch, harvest lunch beet platter
A platter of roasted beets from the Jordan Winery garden.

Jordan Winery Lunches During Grape and Olive Harvest Return

To celebrate the harvest season, Jordan continues to host winery lunch events in September, October and November during both grape and olive harvest. A tradition since the 1980s, Jordan Harvest Lunches, offered exclusively to silver, gold and platinum members of Jordan Estate Rewards for $30-$60 per person plus points, will be hosted weekdays mid-September through early October, with official dates announced in July. Jordan Winery’s third-annual Olive Harvest Celebration & Lunch, featuring an olive oil component tasting, a sumptuous three-course lunch and an optional olive harvest demonstration, will take place November 1. Tickets for the general public go on sale in September for $150 per person.

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

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 2019 events calendar, featuring several dinner party events, such as A Taste of Spring in May, the unforgettable Sunset Supper at Vista Point in June and a 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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