jordan in vineyard

First growth

In the early ‘80’s, while working as a stockbroker on Wall Street, Jordan found himself bored and frustrated in a declining market. The timing seemed right to follow his muse and pursue his burgeoning interest in all things wine. In 1985, Jordan bid goodbye to Wall Street and enrolled at the University of California at Davis School of Enology & Viticulture. After completing winemaking internships at Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards and Acacia Winery, he graduated in 1989 and began what would be a successful career in the wine business.

Knowing he had to make pilgrimages to the sources of the world’s great vintages, Jordan’s scholarly quest soon turned him into a globetrotter. During visits to Bordeaux, Burgundy, Alsace, the Loire, the Rhone, Argentina, Chile, Germany, Tuscany and Piedmont he met and interviewed numerous winemakers. With the priceless information gleaned from these interviews, he published articles on topics such as oak barrels, fining & filtration, wild yeast, the relationship between vineyard yield and wine quality, cork, and others.

Jordan’s academic work in Enology combined with his practical winemaking experience have become his foundation for challenging the conventional wisdom of the wine world. With new questions on old topics that have long been taken for granted or not previously well covered, Jordan remains, most importantly, a lifelong student – curious, excited and passionate.

Q. Is price a good indicator of quality?

A: Price is related to many factors; unfortunately the quality in the bottle is just one.

A freelance writer and photojournalist, Jordan Ross has been published in Wine Spectator, Wines & Vines, Global Vintage Quarterly and Practical Winery & Vineyard. Jordan currently works for Pasternak Wine Imports in Harrison NY. 

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