Bring California Terroir to Your Table with This Simple Vinaigrette Salad Dressing Recipe


Aerial view of Jordan Vineyard & Winery

When you have high-quality ingredients in season and farm fresh, often a simple recipe is all you need to really showcase flavor of freshly harvested produce. Such is the case with this Simple Salad Dressing recipe from Jordan Vineyard & Winery in Healdsburg, California, as their wine-making success builds on this idea of appreciating the terroir of a place, celebrating the flavors of the land from vineyard and growing field to wine glass and plate of fresh greens. 

“When most tourists visit wineries, they don’t see much more than the inside of a tasting room, but here at Jordan we want you to fully experience the land and what we’re all about,” shares John Jordan, the second-generation vintner who now manages this winery started in 1972 by his parents, Tom and Sally Jordan. “Sonoma County is first and foremost a community of farmers and that agricultural heritage plays a big role in building the wine reputation Healdsburg has today.”

Rows of grapes at Jordan Vineyard & Winery  

A commitment to quality drives Jordan Vineyard and Winery. From the start, their focus has been on perfecting just two wines: A Cabernet Sauvignon inspired by the finest French Bordeaux and a not-your-typical California Chardonnay, crafted with crisp fruit flavors, vibrant acidity and a lingering finish. As you wind up the road leading to the main winery building in the middle of 1,200 acres, you time travel to a regal era of France as the main building is elegantly designed in the chateau tradition. From the polished woodwork to custom crafted tilework, every detail here is thoughtfully executed.

“Jordan has two personalities: the stately and pretty French chateau and the wild, rugged beautiful land and we wanted to make sure folks experienced both,” explains Lisa Mattson, Director of Marketing and Communications at Jordan Vineyard and Winery. “We added in the Estate Hikes a few years ago to expose people to the full Jordan experience.”

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