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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.

 

Darjean Jones 2013 Cab Franc, Stagecoach Vineyard

August 5th, 2015 by

There is something so humbling about the transformation that happens from vine to glass! Excited to share Darjean Jones newest vineyard designated wine, our 2013 Cabernet Franc from Stagecoach Vineyard in Napa Valley. World-renown, extreme terroir made for an unbeatable vintage!

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Love the Wine You’re With, V-Day Promo!

January 29th, 2015 by

For a limited time receive a 10% discount on all wine orders. Use coupon code LUVWINE15 in shopping cart.  Place your order now through Feb 14, no minimum purchase required.

Ordering Deadlines for Receipt by Feb 14:
Ground Shipping: Feb 6
2 Day: Feb 10
Overnight: Feb 11

We ship directly to you via online orders.  Click here to Order Wine. NO COST SHIPPING on case purchases (12+ bottles)! 

This offer may not be combined with wine club member discounts or other promotional offers.

New Fall Releases! Order Now

November 4th, 2014 by

Our 2012 Napa Valley Merlot and our 2013 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay are available for ordering!

New Fall Wine Releases!

August 19th, 2014 by

We are psyched about our new Fall wine releases!  Our 2012 Napa Valley Merlot was bottled July 2014 and is mellowing in the warehouse while we await cooler shipping temperatures!

Order Pathologiē

May 14th, 2014 by

Our newest release, Pathologiē, is available for ordering.  Don’t miss out on this amazing proprietary red blend. We will soon stop shipping wine over the hot summer months, so order now!

Blending/Bottling Our 2012 Proprietary Red, Pathologiē

March 20th, 2014 by

We had an amazing time last week in Sonoma, California, at the winery. We managed to finalize the blend of our new proprietary red, 2012 Pathologiē™, and bottle it…all in one day! We will wait out the “bottle shock” and plan to release our newest wine to our wine club members late April or early May 2014! Check out more photos from blending and bottling in our Photo Gallery.

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Valentine’s Day Sale

January 31st, 2014 by

For a limited time receive a 10% discount on all wine orders. Use coupon code HEART14 in shopping cart.  Place your order now through Feb 14, 2014, no minimum purchase required.

Please visit the ORDER WINE page.  Remember always FREE SHIPPING on case purchases, 12+ bottles + 10% discount! 

This offer may not be combined with wine club member discounts or other promotional offers.

Valentine’s Day

January 30th, 2014 by

Why not give wine for Valentine’s Day?  An elegant and romantic gift idea!

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