Meet Madera County's New Viticulture Advisor!
Hello! I am Lindsay Jordan, the new University of California Viticulture Area Advisor for Madera, Merced, and Mariposa counties. I have been interested in grape production ever since I took an introductory class my freshman year in college at UC Davis. I graduated with a BS in Viticulture and Enology in 2007. I went on to graduate school at Cornell University where I earned my M.S. in Horticulture in August of 2014. My graduate research focused on using under-vine ground covers as a sustainable alternative to herbicide. I evaluated how these cover crops affected vine growth and fruit and wine quality in Riesling vineyards in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York. I also went to New Zealand for the 2014 growing season to take part in an under-vine management study lead by the Eastern Institute of Technology in Marlborough. My interest in applied research stems from a personal passion to promote the environmental and economic sustainability of viticulture.
While I hope my academic knowledge will be a resource for grape growers, I also have industry experience that gives me a practical perspective. I have worked three harvests, with Mumm Napa and Quintessa in the Napa Valley and with Pernod Ricard Winemakers in Blenheim, New Zealand, before joining UCCE. I understand and love the fast paced and sometimes chaotic nature of grape growing and winemaking and I have seen many different viticultural practices. I hope to bring the best ideas to Madera, Merced, and Mariposa counties.
As a new advisor, my number one priority is to connect with as many local growers as possible. I am excited to learn from growers and allied industry and expand my knowledge about the San Joaquin Valley and viticulture within my three county area. If you have the time to show me your vineyard or even just chat, please feel free to contact me at my office (328 S. Madera Ave, Madera, CA 93637), by phone ((559) 675-7879 ext. 7209), email (firstname.lastname@example.org), or follow my Twitter (@LJtheGrape).