Wednesday Wines – Gifts for the Wine Lover

Instead of discussing a wine today, I would like to introduce you to a wonderful company that carries fabulous gifts for the oenophiles on your list. Most of you are probably familiar with Jordan Winery, the esteemed vineyard in the hills of Alexander Valley in Sonoma County. Founded in 1972 by Tom Jordan, they produce top notch Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. Tom’s now ex-wife, Sandra Jordan, served as the Creative Director of Jordan Winery from 1993 until 2007. In that capacity, she redesigned the hospitality suites and public areas using furniture and fabric of her own designs. In addition, her design of the olive oil label, and the publications, Pictures at Jordan, and Estate Tales won her national awards.

Sandra noticed that visitors to the winery not only wanted to purchase the wine but also wanted to capture a bit of the vineyard lifestyle. She recognized this as an opportunity to create heirloom pieces reflecting the wine country as well as expand the Jordan name to more than just wine. The Sandra Jordan collection encompasses several division including textiles carried at such showrooms as Holly Hunt and Ainsworth-Noah, horn products and silver.

Although all the products are beautiful, my favorite are probably the silver. There is a timeless elegance and level of craftsmanship that is truly remarkable. These pieces are made by a group of artisan silversmiths that still forge their work in old world style. Sandra said it best herself. “Inspired by European antiquities, each item is imbued with the very spirit of tradition and sense of purpose that suffused the original. From hand-hammered celebration cups to distinctive table service pieces, the Sandra Jordan silver collection brings a sense of occasion and import to life’s milestones and everyday rituals alike.”

Take for example this lovely Petaluma Wine Cradle. This incredibly intricate sterling silver wire basket is a spectacular example of fine workmanship.

This beautiful silverplate canape plate, embellished with inset grape cluster and vine stem would make a cherished gift to someone special on your list.

I love the craftsmanship of this gorgeous silverplate celebration cup. In 16th century Burgundy, brides and grooms shared a wedding cup like this which later would be used for christenings and anniversaries.

We’ve discussed how difficult it can be to buy for the men in our lives. Sandra’s book, The Art of Decanting, paired with a wonderful wine related accessory from the collection, such as this beautiful Healdsburg Magnum Decanting Funnel would make him feel like a master sommelier.

There are also other classic gifts such as this very Nick and Nora Sonoma Cocktail Shaker.

or this elegant Sonoma Pitcher with Horn Handle.

You really couldn’t go wrong with anything from this elegant beautifully crafted collection.

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22 Responses to Wednesday Wines – Gifts for the Wine Lover

  1. Heather says:

    wow, that is one talented woman! Love those decanting ‘bits’!

  2. quintessence says:

    Hi Heather – Aren’t they beautiful – with amazing craftsmanship. I bought my brother-in-law something from here recently for a big birthday – a big hit!

  3. What great ideas! Is it too early for a glass of wine? xx

  4. Such classic and lovely items – makes me wish I drank more than once or twice a year. Like the facts about the little wedding cup and it’s use thereafter, interesting.

  5. Love how Sandra Jordan was able to translate her passion for fine wines into beautiful wine-related objets d’art for the home – the Sonoma pitcher would be a lovely addition to my Xmas list!

  6. My husband loves decanting and these are great little stylish tools for him to use! We love Jordan…as a matter of fact, it was served at our club’s holiday party. We were delighted! Perhaps, too much!

    • quintessence says:

      PPT – too funny! We refer to that as being overserved – not your fault at all!! If he loves to decant then this a treasure trove for future gifts!

  7. We have a lot of “wine geeks” in our lives — these are great gift ideas!!!

  8. Thanks for sharing a wonderful chapter in the Jordan history. We actually just gave two of Sandra Jordan’s pieces away as prizes in a recent holiday tables photo contest. Though Tom and Sandra Jordan are no longer married, some of her pieces are still available for purchase at the winery while supplies last. She also sells them directly.

    Journey of Jordan: a wine and food video blog

    • quintessence says:

      Hi Lisa – Thanks for reaching out. What a wonderful prize that was to win – it’s one of my favorite pieces. I have amended the post to reflect the change in marital status. And there was always a link directly to Sandra’s site for purchasing. Happy holidays!

  9. Oh my goodness. I am in love with the sterling-wire basket! SO different and anything sterling to me is better than gold. Well, maybe not if I am trying to sell it, haha, but much more beautiful to me. Thank you for the nice story behind this!
    Have a nice afternoon.

    • quintessence says:

      Hi Teresa – I’ve seen the sterling basket – it’s gorgeous! I agree – love sterling and the workmanship on these pieces is incredible!

  10. Not a big drinker but I do love the canape plate! XX!

    • quintessence says:

      Hi Shari – If you visit the site, you’ll see that there are many other offerings there for both the wine aficionado and those who don’t imbibe!

  11. Kelly says:

    How beautiful and what wonderful gifts for the holidays! I’ll be sure to bookmark this in my resources…so excited to learn about it!

    xo Kelly

  12. Any of these would make a wonderful wedding gift for a couple of wine enthusiasts.

    • quintessence says:

      Hi Karen – just found your lovely comment in the spam folder for some reason – but yes, I think that’s a great idea!! Thanks for stopping by!

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