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Magnolia Scientist runs Darjean Jones Wines, Award-Winning Winery

April 25th, 2018 by

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When moving to Magnolia, Texas nearly 10 years ago, anesthesiologist Dr. Chauncey Jones asked his wife, “What would you do if you could do anything you want?”

“I’d make wine!” said Dr. Dawna Darjean Jones, an Opelousas, Louisiana native who holds a doctorate in plant pathology.

After nearly a year of research, her dream came true when Darjean Jones Wines was launched. Dawna found an established winery that supports small brands, growers who provide the best quality grapes and a “wine family” of colleagues who support each other to empower her to own and run a Napa winery from Texas. This past spring, Darjean Jones Wines was awarded five medals at the 2018 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.

“We’ll send samples through the mail, do tastings over the phone,” Darjean Jones laughed. “My family is rooted here, and it’s amazing how you can make it work if you want to. I get out to California at least four to six times a year, but it’s hard to go more with a young family.”

Path To Winemaking

While she found the time in the vineyards relaxing, especially compared to her classmates working on carrots and wheat, wine wasn’t particularly interesting to her in her early 20s.

“So many winemakers will tell you they were inspired by a 1980s Bordeaux,” she explained. “I chose the professor who would be a good surrogate father for five years, and his grants were in viticulture. I kind of fell into wine gradually.”

“I do remember tasting a Merlot grape one day while walking through the research vineyards and thinking that if wine tasted half this good, it must be fantastic.”

After grad school, the Doctors Jones moved to Maryland, where Dr. Chauncey Jones completed his residency at Johns Hopkins and Dr. Dawna Darjean Jones served as a diagnostic plant bacteriologist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. She tested plant material brought into the country, developed testing methods and investigated outbreaks of plant disease around the country.

Darjean Jones spent seven years as a national security analyst, and after welcoming a baby boy, both doctors were ready for their new chapter in Texas.

“I wanted what I did next to be relevant to my doctorate,” she said, and wine-making seemed a way to marry the science and the “joie de vivre” or “joy of living” she’d aspired to find.

“Seeing that first bottle roll off the line with my label, with our names, felt like I had really started Act III for my life,” said Darjean Jones of the day her 2010 Merlot was ready for production.

Award-Winning Science of Winemaking

It’s the fermentation science of winemaking that fascinates the southern Louisiana native who has always loved good food and also brews beer at home.

Industry experts agree that her scientific approach yields award-winning taste. In addition to receiving three gold medals and two silvers for five different varietals at the 2018 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, she also holds high-ranking titles from the 2017 Toast of the Coast Competition, 2016 International Women’s Wine Competition, and multiple years at the Lone Star International Wine Competition here in Texas.

“You take something so simple as grape juice that’s so full of sugar, even a toddler would enjoy it,” her enthusiasm heightened when the talk turned to science. “You add one thing—wine yeast—and it transforms it. You can inoculate it with the yeast of your choosing, control the temperatures, and you control the process. You can transform it into something glorious.”

Darjean Jones’s eight-year-old daughter is so enthralled with her mother’s career she’s insisted on following her path since kindergarten. “How smart to combine winemaking and engineering,” the elder Jones radiated. “She’ll be a force in the industry someday!”

Local Availability

Darjean Jones Wines is on the menu at Schilleci’s New Orleans Kitchen in Market Street and the new The Butler House on Gosling Road in Spring.

Her full portfolio of award-winning wines is also available for direct order from the California warehouse at www.darjeanjoneswines.com. She also offers a club membership with guaranteed delivery of her latest releases. Her newest wine, a rosé, launched on April 18, 2018.


Sarah Greer Bartnick covers businesses and events in The Woodlands and provides communication strategy services to local clients through her firm, SGB Strategies. After attending Baylor University, Sarah spent a decade in Washington, DC, as an aide at the White House and U.S. Capitol and as a strategic communication consultant to government clients through a large consulting firm. She lives in The Woodlands with her husband, two young children and puppy.

New Release: 2017 Dawna Rosé of Tempranillo, A Summer Must Have

April 25th, 2018 by

Our Dawna Rosé of Tempranillo is now available for order through our website ORDER WINE page!  Have it shipped directly to your office or home.  Stock up now before the summer heat sets in and kills the mood for shipping!

2017 Dawna Rosé of Tempranillo

2017 Dawna Rosé of Tempranillo

2018 SF Chronicle Award Winners!

February 13th, 2018 by

Gold! Gold! Gold! Silver! Silver!…alas, The 2018 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition was the Olympics of Wine!!

2018 SF Chronicle Winners


Don’t Miss Out on These Award Winning Wines!

The 2018 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition (SFCWC) awarded Darjean Jones Wines 3 Gold Medals and 2 Silver Medals in this year’s competition!

As most of you know, the SFCWC is the largest wine competition in the United States! This year close to 7,000 entries were received. We are honored to have received such distinction.

  • 2015 Pathologiē Proprietary Red- GOLD
  • 2014 Napa Valley Merlot- GOLD
  • 2015 Napa Valley Cabernet Franc (Unreleased)- GOLD
  • 2016 Russian River Valley Viognier- SILVER
  • 2016 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay- SILVER


Join Our Wine Club!

October 21st, 2017 by

Membership definitely has its benefits! Become a member to receive the absolute best value on all of our wines. Wine Club Membership is free. Click here for more details.

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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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!

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!🍷

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