Ehren Jordan’s long résumé includes winemaking and viticulture positions at Marcassin, Neyers Vineyards, Turley Wine Cellars and, of course his own labels, Failla Wines and Day Zinfandel. In 2008 he was named Winemaker of the Year by the SFGATE website, and nine years later he continues to earn high scores from critics.
Jordan’s education in winemaking didn’t take a traditional route. After graduating from college, he worked briefly as a sales rep for a large wine distributor in Denver, then headed for the restaurant scene in Aspen. Schussing by day and bussing by night, the 21-year-old went from wine steward to sommelier/manager by the end of the season.
Jordan then headed to the Napa Valley and found what he thought was a temporary job at Joseph Phelps Vineyards. Three years later, after giving tours, working in the cellar, making sales calls and managing retail sales, Jordan left Phelps to try his hand at winemaking in the venerable vineyards of the Rhône Valley.
It was there that he began his illustrious winemaking career, working with celebrated oenologist Jean-Luc Columbo on the terraced hillsides of Cornas. During the sodden 1992 and 1993 vintages Jordan helped make Les Ruchets, Columbo’s own label, and visited many of Columbo’s clients, among some of France’s most esteemed oenophiles.
As a San Francisco Chronicle critic remarked, “If there’s a common thread in Jordan’s work, it might be his insistence on making wines that are authentic.”
WinterFest 2018 marks Jordan’s first visit to The Resort at Paws Up.
“Simply put, Failla is a reference point winery for the Sonoma Coast. This is as good as it gets.”
—Antonio Galloni, Vinous