J's Russian River Wines

J Vineyards & Winery, founded in 1986, is an independently-owned Sonoma County winery. Their visitors’ center and Bubble Room are located at 11447 Old Redwood Highway, just south of Healdsburg, California. The winery focuses on Brut and Brut Rosé sparkling wines, as well as Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Gris Estate varietal wines. Their wines are produced from grapes farmed primarily within Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley appellation.

This Russian River Valley wine producer is kicking off its 25th Anniversary with a special public celebration and harvest party on Saturday, September 17.

The festivities will be held at the winery’s Visitor Center from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; and will feature products from specialty food producers such as Hog Island Oyster Company, Tsar Nicoulai Caviar, and the Savory Spice Shop in Santa Rosa. There will also be live music, and tastings of past and present J wines. Founder Judy Jordan will be signing bottles, and J’s new winemaker Melissa Stackhouse will be giving fans a sneak peek of the 2010 vintage wines.

Judy Jordan, founder and president of J Vineyards & Winery, is quoted: “I’m looking forward to meeting everyone who attends. This is a major milestone for J, and a wonderful occasion to toast those who have helped in our success.”

In 1991, J launched its first wine, a 1987 Vintage Brut. Every bottle was sold – 4,000 cases in 32 cities – within six months.

From Day One, J was embraced as the “essence of style,” an all-American alternative to French champagne. J Vintage Brut has been a welcome fixture on high-profile restaurant wine lists and top hotels around the world. Queen Elizabeth sipped J at the White House, Mikhail Gorbachev spoke of world peace with a glass of J in hand, and J sparkling wines were the official celebratory bubbles of the Academy Awards Governors Ball for four consecutive years.

Admission is $40 per person for Club J members and $55 for non-members. Included is a commemorative glass and inspired culinary creations by J’s Executive Chef Mark E. Caldwell.

Tickets are now on sale at the Winery’s Visitor Center. To purchase tickets by phone, call (707) 431-5430, or go online at www.jwine.com.

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