HEALDSBURG, Calif., July 12, 2011 — J Vineyards & Winery kicks off its 25th Anniversary with a stylish new look for its popular Cuvee 20 Brut sparkling wine. The anniversary bottling, adorned with the winery’s signature yellow brushstroke “J” logo and a back label QR code that takes you to a short video, begins appearing on retail wine shelves this week.
“Our Cuvee 20 ‘house’ style of elegant and balanced flavors remains unchanged,” said Founder & President Judy Jordan. ”The most noticeable feature of our commemorative package is that the glass bottle is sable brown instead of the traditional green. There is also a 25th Anniversary designation printed on the neck foil and back label.”
In 1991, J launched its first wine – a 1987 Vintage Brut – just as the Gulf War in Kuwait began. It was not exactly the perfect time to encourage Americans to celebrate, but 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 across the country. Queen Elizabeth sipped J at the White House; Mikhail Gorbachev spoke of world peace with a glass of J in hand, and the distinctive sparkling wines were the official celebratory beverage of the Academy Awards Governors Ball for four consecutive years.
“While many European producers have been making wine for centuries, twenty-five years as a winery owner in Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley is an excellent benchmark to reflect on just how far we have progressed in California,” Jordan added. ”We are proud of our achievements, and look forward to a bright future.”
A celebration of J’s 25th Anniversary will be held Saturday, September 17, at the winery’s Visitor Center and Bubble Room in tandem with the winery’s annual harvest event. The festivities are from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will feature specialty food producers and tastings of past, present, and future J wines. 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. To purchase tickets in advance, please call (707) 431-5430.
J Vineyards & Winery Visitor Center and Bubble Room is located at 11447 Old Redwood Highway, south of Healdsburg. The winery focuses on Brut and Brut Rose sparkling wines, as well as Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Gris Estate varietal wines, produced from grapes farmed primarily within Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley appellation.
Founded in 1986, J Vineyards & Winery is an independently-owned Sonoma County winery. To learn more, or to join the J Wine Club, go to www.jwine.com.
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