Picnicking in the Lap of Luxury

Jordan Winery’s new Executive Chef offers a glimpse of its culinary future over Labor Day weekend.

Nestled in the heart of Sonoma County’s wine country, Jordan Winery in Healdsburg is renowned not only for its exceptional wines but also for its exquisite culinary offerings, masterfully curated by executive chef Jesse Mallgren. The marriage of fine wines and culinary artistry creates an unforgettable epicurean experience that reflects the essence of the region. From vineyard hikes to parties and harvest lunches, Jordan’s culinary experiences celebrate the wine country lifestyle.

Mallgren brings nearly 25 years of experience to Jordan. Previously the executive chef of Michelin-starred The Madrona (formerly the Madrona Manor), he showcases the bounty of Jordan’s 1,200-acre estate—from foraging for local ingredients on property, to harvesting from the onsite culinary garden. Mallgren is also working closely with Jordan’s hospitality team to revamp and redevelop its tour and tasting experiences. He draws inspiration from the idyllic wine country landscape, showcasing the bounty of its agricultural richness. His dishes are a reflection of the changing seasons, ensuring that each visit to Jordan is a fresh and distinctive culinary journey. From spring’s vibrant produce to fall’s hearty vegetables, Mallgren crafts dishes that harmonize with the flavors of the moment. His creations complement Jordan’s exceptional wines, enhancing both the food and wine experience. Each dish is thoughtfully designed to elevate the tasting, bringing out the best in both elements.

Jordan Winery’s Picnic Weekend offered a glimpse into what is to come with Mallgren at the culinary helm. Guests were welcomed with Jordan Cuvée by Champagne AR Lenoble on the terrace before selecting their baskets, filled with seasonal fare including an array of gourmet picnic recipes such as rillettes, citrus-marinated olives, assorted salads, and locally sourced meats and cheeses. The luxurious picnic lunches were paired with new release Jordan Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon, available for purchase by the glass or by the bottle. An optional, but worthy, add on: Jordan’s Chef Reserve Caviar by Tsar Nicoulai, served with house-made potato chips and crème fraîche. Guests relaxed on the ample lawns for the alfresco lunch, with blankets provided for the experience. Though the event on September 1 was moved indoors due to inclement weather, that itself was just an opportunity to admire the winery’s newly renovated lobby (unveiled June 1st) and enjoy its ever-beautiful dining room, cozy with a crackling fire as the rain drizzled outside.

At Jordan Winery, the culinary offerings led by Mallgren are an integral part of the overall wine tasting experience. Each meal is a celebration of the region’s flavors, a tribute to the terroir, and a testament to the artistry of combining wine and food. Whether dining al fresco on the terrace overlooking the estate’s vineyards and rolling hills or inside the elegant dining room, the ambiance at Jordan Winery enhances the experience, providing the perfect backdrop for savoring each bite and sip. For details on tours, tastings, and upcoming events, visit www.jordanwinery.com.