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5 Must Have Wines for Your Next BBQ

August 18th, 2017 by

(…and Yes Darjean Jones Merlot is 1 of them!)




We know when it comes to summer barbecues, it’s all about the potato salad, right? Well, no. Not quite. For me, it’s all about which wine to bring the host or hostess, that’ll  pair nicely with the wonderful side dishes and juicy, grilled meats. Wait, did I say grilled meats? That sounds more like a cookout and we don’t usually gravitate towards those many times in the summer. We all know (or at least should know) that a real barbecue requires either charcoal, wood, or something similar to a barrel that will cook the meat slowly and definitely not on a gas grill which, if used, would then be called a cookout and not a barbecue. Right? Anyways, more on that another time! As a Certified Chef of Wine Arts, I not only love making food but also enjoy pairing wines with delicious food and fixings you can find at a great barbecue. That’s why I’ve put together this list of my 5 must have wines for your next barbecue.

1. 2014 Syrah Rosé Frizzanté That Southern Taste by Taste Collection Cellars

Source: Taste Collection Cellar

My first pick is the 2014 Syrah Rosé Frizzante, That Southern Taste by Taste Collection Cellar. Who can say no to a good sparkling, refreshing drink at a barbecue?

Not as fizzy as your celebratory champagne or prosecco, Frizzanté, which means ‘to sparkle’ in Italian, gives you just the right amount of bubbly on the tongue. This rosé frizzanté will give you a nice, tasty raspberry and strawberry notes. It’s also a great apéritif (an alcoholic drink taken before a meal to stimulate the appetite), making it the perfect wine to sip to keep you refreshed before you enjoy your meal!

Pairs well with:

  • Chips & Salsa
  • Guacamole
  • Pineapple Salsa
  • Deviled Eggs
  • Rosé Watermelon Slices
2. 2014 Symphony by Theopolis Vineyards

Source: The Cork Screw Concierge

Made with two different varietals, Grenache Gris and the Muscat of Alexandria, this wine has peach, mango, apricot, and citrus fruit aromas, not to mention seductive floral aromas. This blend of wine is to be enjoyed on those long summer days and evenings, hanging out on the front porch or while laughing with your relatives at the family barbecue. Big Mama’s Baked Beans will taste even better with this wine because of its subtle spicy note that will ignite and explode on your taste buds.

Pairs well with:

  • Baked Beans
  • Grilled Corn
  • Cucumber & Tomato Pickled Salad
  • Chicken
  • Salmon
  • Mac & Cheese
3. Sauvignon Blanc Aslina by Ntsiki Biyela

Source: thebeveragejournal

This dry wine is usually bursting with summer fruit flavors that will surely make your favorite Aunties Potato Salad disappear in no time. Why? Because Sauvignon Blanc is a perfect summer wine with its “grassy” notes! It’s a very refreshing dry wine that has aromas of lime, green apple, apricot, and peach as well as hints of fresh herbs, fresh lemon tart, and cut grass, giving it several mineral characteristics.

Pairs well with:

  • Potato Salad
  • Pasta Salads
  • Cole Slaw
  • Collard Greens
  • Grilled Zucchini & Squash
  • Turkey Burgers
  • Veggie Burger
4. 2014 Merlot Napa Valley by Darjean Jones Wines

Source: Darjean Jones

Merlot – the ultimate grilling wine. Yes, I said it. You need something to hold up to your Uncle Earl’s famous ribs. This rich garnet wine is so sexy in the glass! It is very intense with juicy blackberry and boysenberry notes. It has subtle hints of earth and ample tannins, providing it with enough structure to stand up to these assertive meats with its spicy and fruit forward overtones. Paired with this velvety finished wine, your ribs will be brought into another dimension.

Pairs well with

  • Spare Ribs
  • Portabella Mushrooms
  • Beef Burgers
  • Veal
5. 2013 Shaw Vineyard on Red Mountain by Frichette Winery

Source: Frichette Winery

This dry red wine is big and approachable. This varietal will arouse your taste buds to a totally different altitude just like on Red Mountain where my favorite pick is grown. It’s bold with aromas of dark jammy fruit like blackberry (my favorite in the summer time by the way), plum, and dark cherry. The finale with this wine is the subtle caramel kiss and long smoky finish on the palate at the end, just in time to light up your favorite cigar while you let your food digest and then dive into your favorite cousin’s famous Banana Pudding. Simply put, Cabernet Sauvignon it’s a slam- dunk for a barbecue. Everyone that will taste it will know right from the jump that this is the way to finish any festivity!

Pairs well with:

  • Kielbasa Sausage
  • Lamb Chops
  • Beef
  • Pork

There you have it! My 5 must have wines to make your next barbecue a guaranteed hit!

New Award Winners!

March 27th, 2017 by

DJW 2014 Cabernet Franc wins BEST CABERNET FRANC and Double Gold Medal (95 pts) at 2017 Toast of the Coast Wine Competition in San Diego! 2014 Merlot takes Gold and 2015 Viognier Silver! View competition results here.

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San Francisco Vintner’s Market, March 11-12, 2017

February 21st, 2017 by

Come and check us out at the San Francisco Vintner’s Market, March 11-12, 2017.  Darjean Jones Wines will be pouring our current vintages and completing sales on the spot! You don’t want to miss it!


San Francisco Vintners Market is the first and only farmer’s market in the U.S. created especially for wineries. Founded in 2010 as a way for winemakers to connect with wine lovers to sell wine directly to consumer and trade buyers. (http://www.sfvintnersmarket.com/)

The fun-packed event, held twice each year in the Spring and Fall at the historic Fort Mason Center, attracts local and international visitors from around the world, with a broad selection of boutique wines from all over California and the leading global wine regions in a single outpouring of fun and great wines.

San Francisco Vintners Market Includes:

“Try and Buy” wine on the spot from up to 200 wineries.
The largest selection of boutique, family owned and cult wine producers in one event.
Three great rooms to explore with specialty foods, music, art and more!
Support small, family owned wineries with direct sales and make new friends.
Meet the winemaker of new and undiscovered brands.
Wine Education Classes (New For 2017, Stay Tuned)

National Drink Wine Day!

February 13th, 2017 by

Order your wine now! Saturday, Feb 18th is National Drink Wine Day!🍷

Holiday Shipping Deadlines!

December 20th, 2016 by

EnVié, Viognier, Russian River Valley, Our Newest Release

October 29th, 2016 by

We are so excited to announce our release of EnViē #DarjeanJonesWines #EnViē #CustomWines #viognier #russianrivervalley

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Order New Releases Now!

October 26th, 2016 by

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Our new releases are now available for ordering!  We will begin shipping orders on October 31st.  Don’t wait, shipping is included. Use code WineFreedom40 !

Last Call! Summer’s Just Around the Corner

May 19th, 2016 by

Order NOW to avoid the summer shipping blues!
It’s that time of year again!  The temperatures will continue to rise and we will stop direct shipping over the hot summer months.

Darjean Jones Featured on ASPiRE TV’s Andiamo! Napa Valley Episode

November 9th, 2015 by

Quite an honor for Darjean Jones to be in the same episode of Andiamo as Peju, Hall Wines and Chef Roblé!

As Seen in Cuisine Noir Magazine

August 9th, 2015 by

The Science of Vino with Darjean Jones Wines

Click here for original article:  http://www.cuisinenoirmag.com/wine/the-science-of-vino-with-darjean-jones-wines

Dawna & Chauncey Jones

As the world of wine continues to grow and become more diverse, it is always exciting to see a female winemaker make her entry into the industry. Even more exciting is the number of black female winemakers who are not only making the wines behind the scenes but are now becoming the face of their own labels. Consequently, their paths to doing so usually come with a detour along the way.

“Iris Rideau was actually one of my inspirations when I started searching online,” says Dr. Dawna Darjean Jones. Both winemakers hail from Louisiana, Rideau from New Orleans and Jones from Opelousas with both influenced by their Creole heritage. Seeing Rideau and her success with Rideau Vineyard in Southern California showed Jones that it could be done as a black woman and hence added inspiration and fuel for her own journey.

Trained as a scientist with a PhD in Plant Pathology from U.C. Davis in California (she is one of only two black women who hold this degree to date), Jones credits the grapes as being a part of her first introduction into the world of wine. “The first grape that I fell in love with was merlot. I remember walking through a vineyard in Temecula in Southern California and it was right around harvest time and I remember plucking off one of those grapes and tasting it and that flavor completely impacted me. It wasn’t one glass of wine, it was the flavor in that one grape,” says Jones who now lives in Houston with her husband and children.

Prior to moving to Texas, Jones called Maryland home working first as a diagnostic research scientist and later an intelligence analyst for the U.S. government. A career opportunity for her husband moved the family across country and Jones also saw this as an opportunity for her to do something new that made her happy. “I want everything that I do to be relevant and to make sense.” This meant going back to being around the grapes which she loved, but this time not as a scientist but as a winemaker.

Like many winemakers, she started making wine at home and soon began researching the industry to see what to do and the risks involved. She knew she didn’t want to grow the grapes or own the winery, but instead set out to work with wineries that offered high quality grapes that she could source to make the wines herself.

She currently works with winery partners in Napa and Sonoma to make all of her wines within the Darjean Jones Wines portfolio. Her first vintage was a 2010 Merlot and has since added a 2011 Merlot, 2011 and 2012 Chardonnay, a proprietary red called Pathologie and a 2012 Blanc de Noir or sparkling wine. Jones will soon add a 100% Cabernet Franc from Napa Valley to the collection which she is very excited about.

Fans of the label can order directly through the site online and also receive shipments via Jones’ wine club. However, she does suggest that with her 2014 vintage that will be bottled next year, she may consider extending distribution.

For now, Jones plans to remains a boutique wine brand focusing on quality and not quantity with the wines speaking for themselves. Recently, her 2012 Merlot took home the silver medal in the San Francisco International Wine Competition in June while her 2013 Chardonnay won the bronze. Both vintages garnered the same accolades in the Lone Star International Wine Competition in Grapevine, TX held in June as well.

Staying to her true nature as a scientist and researcher, Jones is sure to move through her journey as a winemaker with carefully informed and planned steps. The vision is to be known as a winemaker who makes exceptionally good wine that will leave a powerful legacy for son and daughter who just may be the next generation of winemakers for Darjean Jones Wines.

For more information about Darjean Jones Wines and to order, visit www.darjeanjoneswines.com. Be sure to stay in the know by following Jones on Facebook and Twitter for upcoming releases and events.


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