Winning at Wine Festivals


A centerpiece of the wine scene is the wine festival. Nearly every wine region has one or more events that celebrate the best of their vintners. After attending our fair share of these events, here are some tips we’ve picked up along the way:

Is Wine Helping or Hurting Your Skin?


The best things in life are usually killing us slowly. Such is the case with wine. We’ve read in lifestyle mags and blog posts that a glass or two of red wine a day can help our skin, but we’ve also read about the nasty side effects of alcohol in general on our angelic complexions. This mix of information […]

What Your Favorite Wine Says About You

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I’m sure half of you sassy wine lovers have already responded to the title with, “My favorite wine is the one I’m drinking.” First off, well played, and second, everyone has a favorite wine varietal even if they don’t want to admit it. I know these type of personality assessments have been floating around the […]

Wine on the Go


For those of you drinking copious amounts of wine to abate the teeth-chattering effects of winter storm Stella, we feel for you from California. Over here, we’re getting a sneak preview of spring after a seemingly endless winter of storms and rain.

Lone Dove Wines


Visiting the Lone Done Wines tasting room is always an adventure. A rapidly-expanding wine list means that each visit offers something new. As we prepared for Valentine’s Day, we visited Lone Dove to taste the latest releases.

Just in Time for Valentine’s Day


Valentine’s Day can be a unique stressor for the romantically-challenged among us. There is a lot of pressure to make the big gesture every year, but new ideas are few and far between. Just in the nick of time there’s a fresh new concept from Pinot’s Palette. They call it “Disconnect to Reconnect.” Take a look, it might be just the thing this Valentine’s Day!


The S.F. Chronicle Wine Competition 2017


It is that time of year again. Time for the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. The largest competition of exclusively U.S. wines, this is an annual celebration of American winemaking prowess. This year, over 7,000 entries garnered over 6,000 awards. Here is how some of our very favorite wineries scored:

Upcoming Events

Jul 01

Darcie Kent in Livermore
LIVE at Darcie Kent Vineyards

Just Adventure


6:00 to 9:00 PM

Admission is 5 dollars ahead of time or 10 dollars at the door. Tickets can be purchased online, in the Tasting Room, or at the door the day of the event.

Dogs are welcome but must be kept on a leash and attended.

Bring your blankets and chairs for the lawn, limited patio seating available on a first-come/ first-served basis

Dobra Zemlja Winery in Amador
Vino for Veterans
Saturday, July 1st, 12pm to 4pm

Join Dobra Zemlja Winery on Saturday, July 1st from 12pm to 4pm to support local veterans and party like it is 1776! Featuring live music by the South Sac Jooks, complimentary wine tasting with Military ID, and mali (little) bites.

For every bottle of wine sold during the month of July, Dobra Zemlja Winery will donate $1.00 to local veterans' organization, Victory Village -- Treating the Invisible Wounds of War.

For more information, call the tasting room at (209) 245-3183 or email
Jul 03

R&B Cellars in Richmond
You won't want to miss this fabulous event at Riggers Loft!

We'll have several Food Trucks all offering different food styles.
We'll have an awesome Video Game Truck for kids.

Bring your folding lawn chairs to stake out your
perfect viewing point of the Richmond fireworks
that are staged right behind the winery.

Adult $30 tickets include a select glass of wine.

A great family event!

Note: Due to the loud noise of the fireworks,
pets will not be welcome at this particular event.

Adult - $30 / Under 21 - $15 / 6 and under - FREE
Click here for more info
Jul 08

Matanzas Creek Winery in Russian River
Join us at Matanzas Creek as we celebrate the final days of the Lavender season! Guests are invited to venture through the Estate Gardens on a progressive wine tasting tour featuring a wide selection of Matanzas Creek wines. Enjoy freshly shucked oysters, wood fired pizza and additional hors d'oeuvres throughout the grounds. Live music and gorgeous scenery round out the perfect afternoon.Click here for more info
Jul 13

Dante Robere in Livermore
Wine & Artisan Wood Fired Pizza With Live Music - Thursday July 13, 2017 From 6-9pm

It's almost the weekend! Join us for artisan wood fired pizzas from Tutte Al Forno paired with our Paradiso, an Iberian blend of Tempranillo, Touriga and Carignane. Additional wines available by the glass or bottle. Specials on select wines, including our Paradiso. Live music on the patio by Chaz n' Ed.

No reservations required. Pizza tickets and wine purchases can be made the day of the event. However, there will be a limited number of pizza tickets available (this event sold out last time), so we suggest purchasing tickets in advance. Pizza tickets are $12 each, plus tax, for four slices of Aristan wood fired pizza. There is no cover charge. Wines by the glass and bottle sold separately.

Advance purchases of pizza tickets can be made at the winery during normal tasting hours (Fridays 1- 5pm and Saturday/Sunday 12-5pm). Wine club members can also purchase tickets in advance by emailing Tickets purchased in advance are non-refundable.

Cheers and we look forward to seeing you there!
Dan and Bob
Jul 15

Joseph Jewell Wines in Russian River
Joseph Jewell Wines 10th Anniversary Celebration

We would like to cordially invite you to our Second Annual Sunset in Starscape Winemakers Dinner.

This year, we celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Joseph Jewell Wines, and we are partnering once again with our friends at Backyard to bring you an incredible evening of fine wine and dining on Saturday, July 15th from 7:30pm-10:00pm.

The evening will begin with our guests exploring the picturesque Starscape Vineyard with appetizers and glasses of our 2016 Rose of Pinot Noir, 2014 Russian River Chardonnay and 2013 Russian River Pinot Noir in hand before sitting down to a gorgeous gourmet meal.

For this year's celebration, we are having a hedonistic feast featuring a pig roast. The chefs from Backyard are working with us to impeccably pair the local fare with some of our most rare JJW bottlings (we will keep these a surprise for now), as well as some new releases--including our 2014 Starscape Vineyard Old Girls Martini Clone Pinot Noir.

So come join us on the evening of July 15th as we watch the sun go down and the stars come out in the Starscape Vineyard over a bountiful feast courtesy of our friends at Backyard. Tickets to this exclusive event are now available online for $175 per person ($125 for wine club members). Seating for this special engagement is limited to 50 people, so book your seats at the grand table today.

As always, we thank you for your support and toast you for helping us make the first 10 years of Joseph Jewell Wines so amazing.


Adrian & Micah
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