Entries by jonesisthirsty

10 Must-Try New Year’s Eve Sparklers

Every year folks ask for recommendations on great wines suitable for gift-giving or an extra-special occasion. For me, few things are as elegant and celebratory as sparkling wine. That said, it’s important to remember that all Champagne is sparkling wine, but not all sparkling wine is Champagne. True Champagne blends three grapes: Chardonnay (white), Pinot […]

6 Wines to Drink This Week

FIND THESE JONES IS THIRSTY-APPROVED GEMS THIS WEEK: The Wine Shop—Rocky Ridge Western • 2012, Domaine Laroque, France $10 (I’m a sucker for value-priced gems from off-the-beaten-path regions. This 100% Cabernet Franc is from the Languedoc region of France. Historically, this region was known more for it’s massive output of wine than high quality, but that’s […]

4 Wine Deals to Drink This Week

FIND THESE JONES IS THIRSTY-APPROVED GEMS THIS WEEK: Costco Warehouse • 2013, Burgans, Albariño, Spain $12 (Vinous 90 pt., If you’ve ever been to one of my tastings in the spring or summer, then you’ve probably heard me rave about Albariño—it’s one of my favorite, off-the-beaten path white wines. This lip-smacking, medium-bodied gem is as awesome by […]

Supper & Songwriters: A Night of Food + Wine + Music

I’m super-excited to be partnering with MADE SOUTH (along with a boatload of other talented Southern tastemakers) for a very special evening of food, wine and music, including performances by three of Nashville’s most acclaimed songwriters. Use the code “thirsty” (all lower case) when ordering for 10% off tickets   Supper & Songwriters takes place on Thursday night, September 10th […]

3 Wine Deals You Need To Know

FIND THESE JONES IS THIRSTY-APPROVED GEMS IN THE COSTCO WINE DEPARTMENT: • 2009 Licenciado, Rioja Reserva, Spain $15 (WS 91 pt., When it comes to this Rioja, I’m as happy as the dude on the label. Rich and ready to go—all you need is a little grilled flank steak with a roasted red pepper sauce, thank you […]

Passions for wine, fun lead to educational startups

By Jim Myers, The Tennessean (@ReadJimMyers); 6/6/15 Scott Jones isn’t afraid to turn wine on its head, or on his own head for that matter. His genuine passion and enthusiasm for wine has helped him grow his startup, Jones Is Thirsty, into a successful consulting and wine education company. This isn’t some mindless cheerleader though. […]

Costco Wine Picks: April 13, 2015

FIND THESE JONES IS THIRSTY-APPROVED GEMS IN THE COSTCO WINE DEPARTMENT: • 2014 Sofia, Rosé, California $10 (If you’ve followed me for a while, then you know that I LOVE this wine. And at $9.79 this rosé is an insane deal. Really. Sofia typically sells for twice this in most stores. Rich, dry and perfect for warm afternoons around the […]

Costco Wine Picks: Feb. 23, 2015

FIND THESE JONES IS THIRSTY-APPROVED GEMS IN THE COSTCO WINE DEPARTMENT: • 2009 Altamira de los Andes, Reserve Malbec, Argentina $20 (Tanzer 91 pt., This rich Malbec from the Andes foothills is totally worth the splurge…and particularly tasty when paired with, say, braised short ribs—just sayin’.) • 2011, Gérard Bertrand, Syrah/Grenache Blend, France $10 (WS 90 pt., […]

Costco Wine Picks: Feb. 2, 2015

FIND THESE JONES IS THIRSTY-APPROVED GEMS IN THE COSTCO WINE DEPARTMENT: • 2011 Chateau Peynaud-Bagnac, Bordeaux, France $9 (WA 9o pt., Talk about a super value—this wine rocks with everything from burgers to barbecue. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot.) • 2009, Yaso, Tempranillo, Spain $10 (WA 93 pt., The 2011 was one of […]