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Hey party babes, summer is for sipping! So, you’ve got your besties on the way, the Butter chilled, and the hot JaMs prepped…you’re already killin’ it. Time to take your summer bash to the NEXT level with a bit of party flair–the JaM Cellars way, of course.
Here are a few fun (and surprising) party tips and tricks to pull out next time you’re hosting the best wine party in town!
Sure, a cooler might keep your delish Butter bevvies cold a little longer, but if you’re trying to impress your guests with a few party moves, an everything-but-the-cooler cooler will do the trick. Plus, the sips won’t last long in that cooler, anyway, when it’s Butter you have on ice!
Some of our favorite non-cooler cooler ideas are:
A hollowed-out watermelon, filled to the brim with ice and our easy-to-love ButterCans.
A cleaned-out pumpkin; it perfectly holds a bottle of #Butter, and ButterCans. Make sure to keep plenty nearby and restock when you start running low.
Chill Wine Bottles *Quickly*
It’s happened to the best of us; you ran out of chilled Butter wine and now you’re trying to cool your reserves. But you can easily turn this tragedy into a party trick and have your guests sipping cold wine in no time! Here are a few ways to chill JaM Cellars wine quickly:
Make an ice bucket for your bottle, but with one extra special ingredient: salt! Salt helps bring down the freezing temperature of water, which will chill your #Butter faster.
Frozen grapes are not only a tasty treat, they're also a great way to chill wine quickly, without watering it down. Pop a couple in your glass and get back to partyin!
Wrap a damp paper towel around the bottle of wine, and sit it in the freezer. The damp towel will freeze quickly, and thanks to the frozen towel, the wine will chill in half the time it usually would! Less time preppin, more time sippin.
Saber Your Butter Bubbles
Sabering is a totally extra way of opening a bottle of bubbly, and who doesn’t want to look like a boss in front of their party guests?? Add a lil #SundayFunday flair next time you’re bustin’ out the brunch bubbles.
Here’s how to fancily pop the bubbly Butter Bubbles at your next party:
For all the deets, check out Food52 video here.
1. First, grab your saber of choice. If you don’t have a real saber (lol), a hearty kitchen knife or metal butter knife will do the (party) trick.
2. Put your bubbly in the freezer for about 10 mins. You want the bottle to be very cold.
3. Get al fresco with it. Butter be safe and head outside in the backyard for this one!
4. Remove the cage from the bottle and locate the seam that runs up the side of the bottle.
5. (With the bottle pointing away from you and everyone else in your crew–pups too!) In one long motion, run the back edge of your sturdy kitchen knife firmly and quickly up the seam of the bottle, and through the lip.
6. TIP: hold your “saber” at a slight angle rather than perpendicular.
YASSS! Now you’ve officially gotten your party off with the ultimate bang. OF COURSE, safety first, please try this party trick responsibly.
Wine Ice Cubes
Literally the last thing you want on a hot summer day is a warm beverage. Cool down your party guests with a fun party trick: JaM Cellars wine ice cubes! These fun and simple wine ice cubes will add life to your drink and cool you down when the party starts getting HAWT.
Here are some fun wine ice cube ideas for your next party:
Turn Up the Party JaMs
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Summer is FINALLY here, and things are heating up! To help you babes chill down and enjoy every, single, icy-cold sip, we’ve rounded up 5 ways to chill with JaM Cellars. So, forget the dog days, grab some ice, and sip into the #ButterDays.
Plan a Beach Day
Summer beach days are the best days. The warm sun, the salty air, the chilled wines…what’s not to love?
But, don't feel like you're obligated to stick with the tradition of warm beer on the beach just because that’s what you’ll usually find in the sandy cooler. Next time you’re planning a beach day, be the star of the show and surprise your beach babes with a few cases of delicious, ice-cold ButterCans! With all the wine you can carry and all the JaM’s you’ll need via the “Summer Festival JaM’s” playlist on iHeartRadio, you’re going to be one heck of a chiller this summer.
Don’t have access to the beach? That’s okay…a girl can dream! Lay out your favorite beach towel, throw a few cases of ButterCans on ice, turn up your speakers and you’re ready to go–without even leaving your house! Bonus points if the sun is out!
Chill Out Poolside
Did you know that you can also plan a wine-by-the-pool day even if you don’t have a pool of your own? With apps like Swimply and Airbnb, finding a pool to sip beside for the day is almost as easy as opening a bottle of Butter!
Or, if you’re in the mood to stay local, you could call up one of your neighbors/friends to see if they’ll let you use their pool in exchange for a case of cold ButterCans. Pro tip: Make sure to bring plenty for yourself! Butter makes for the ultimate creami-licious poolside sip, so make sure to stock up on your fave JaM Cellars wine before you sink into your floatie for the day.
Brunch with the Besties
Another way to keep your chill game strong throughout the summer? Find a shady patio to post up and get brunching with your besties! No matter the season, brunch is an important constant in our lives (just like your ever faithful, always there for you, Butter wines). But thanks to sweet summertime, we have a few extra reasons to sip back and enjoy a lil’ boozy brunch with the gal pals more often.
Whether you're picnicking at a local park or taking advantage of your friend's rooftop patio, as long as you've got a healthy supply of bagels and a few bottles of Butter Bubbles (obvi), the world is your (brunch) oyster!
Check out these can’t-miss brunch and JaM Cellars wine pairings for your next gal pal get-together this summer.
Host a S’mores Night
Think back to the last time you had a homemade s’more. The crispy-sweet crunch of the graham cracker. The salty crumbs mingled with the sticky marshmallow...mmm mmm mmmmmmm. Really, the only thing that could make that experience better would be washing down your warm, gooey creation with a tall glass of lucious, berry-licious JaM Cab!
This summer, gather the girls and host a s’mores night like you’ve never had before. Say goodbye to the s’mores of your childhood, and take it a step further! From peanut butter cups to grilled bananas, there’s a delicious s’mores recipe for everyone. Here are some of the s’mores and JaM Cellars wine pairings were obsessing over:
Party on the Front Porch
Remember the Good Ol’ Days? The warm summer nights where all your closest neighbors somehow ended up on your porch, and everyone was laughing, drinking and hanging out? Recreate some of your favorite childhood memories by inviting your friends and neighbors over for a summer night porch hang/Butter bash.
Turn your porch into the ultimate place-to-be by hanging up some fun outdoor lights, setting up a large cooler for your fave lineup of JaM Cellars wines, and cranking up the tunes. Our “Summer Festival JaM’s” playlist on iHeartRadio is just the thing you’ll be looking for as the sun goes down and the party turns up.
You know what’s better…err I mean Butter than a #SundayFunday? A rocking #WineWednesday, of course!
And that’s exactly what we do with our virtual #JaMHappyHour shows LIVE on JaM Cellars Facebook and YouTube- hosted three times a month on #WineWednesday or #ThirstyThursday at 4:00pm PST. Plus a super special Sweet Relief benefit show the final Friday of the month!
Whether you’re looking to sip back and relax with chill tunes, or a fun conversation about music and wine, we’ve put together a countdown of our TOP 10 #JaMHappyHour artists so you can #WineDown JaM Cellars style. Grab a bubbly glass of #Butter and fire up the bluetooth–these artists are definitely going to put the HAPPY in your HOUR:
#1 Emily Kinney
And…coming in at number ONE–we have the triple threat of actress, singer, AND songwriter Emily Kinney! It’s pretty clear that this talented gal puts a lot of her own personal life into the songs that she writes, and we’re here for it!
During Emily’s #JaMHappyHour benefiting Sweet Relief, we broke out a bottle of creamy Butter Bubbles to match her delicate voice and bubbly personality. So tonight, chill out with your own glass of bubbles to celebrate #WineWednesday the JaM Cellars way.
#2 Ben Thornewill
Another fan fave here at JaM Cellars is the wine-derful, extremely talented Ben Thornewill. His goal is to combine his love for classical music with pop music, which delights listeners of all ages and musical tastes. During Ben’s #JaMHappyHour benefitting Sweet Relief, we were able to chat with him about his latest tours, newest album, and his recent release of ABBA covers (can you say Mama Mia??)!
Find Ben Thornewill’s Sweet Relief episode on YouTube, as well as his podcast episode on Spotify and Apple Podcasts. Don’t forget the Butter Cab (as seen in Ben’s glass while he plays!). Snag yours here.
#3 Lisa Loeb
To know Lisa Loeb is to love her! Making the TOP 3 of course! During her Sweet Relief #JaMHappyHour, we got to chat with Lisa about everything from her iconic 90's debut to the charity that she started, Camp Lisa–a charity that helps provide summer camp scholarships to kids who would otherwise not be able to afford the experience.
We grabbed all the creami-licious #ButterChardonnay we could find for this episode, so #WineDown with us the right way with your own bottle and Lisa crooning through your speakers. You can find Lisa’s Sweet Relief episode on YouTube here as well as her podcast episode on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.
#4 Mondo Cozmo
Mondo Cozmo is such an easy-going guy to host, and such an incredibly talented writer, musician and rockstar performer, but this Sweet Relief show was extra special because it was our first show that started our partnership with the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund. Cheers to supporting artists!
#5 Chaz Cardigan
And down to the TOP5 For this #WineDownWednesday, we’re throwing it back to last summer, when alternative singer-songwriter Chaz Cardigan brought a sweet set of acoustic tunes to the virtual JaM Cellars stage. During his episode, we chatted with him about his upcoming music & projects, how his childhood nickname led to his professional title, and about his new web series, Wild World.
#6 Robert DeLong
This happy hour, pour yourself an ice cold glass of delicious Butter Chardonnay and JaM along with the oh-so talented Robert DeLong–a Los Angeles-based one-man band whose unique singer/songwriter style helped us JaM all the way into New Year’s weekend!
#7 Kylie Morgan
At JaM Cellars, it’s always happy hour. But when country music star, Kylie Morgan, is around we’re all just a little bit happier! This #WineDownWednesday, grab that bottle of Butter Cab and celebrate making it halfway through the week. Kylie is one of our faves with her sweet songs and even sweeter attitude! We hope she’ll be one of your #WineDownWednesday babes, too!
#8 Lee DeWyze
In between playing tunes live from his studio in LA, Lee DeWyze sipped on his fave JaM Cab and chatted with our host, Sam about the beginning of his music career, and the ups and downs of the musician life.
#9 Matt Costa
Up next for your #WineWednesday watch, we have the talented Matt Costa, American singer-songwriter from Huntington Beach, California. Grab your favorite bottle of rich and creami-licious Butter Chardonnay and get ready for a very special #JaMHappyHour benefiting the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund. Keep your ears open for his magically melodic mash-up of fan favorite songs and surprise covers! Watch Matt’s full #JaMHappyHour episode on YouTube.
#10 Cassadee Pope
Soaring in at the top of our countdown (out of XXXX shows) we have singer songwriter Cassadee Pope, the first female winner from the third season of The Voice! She’s clearly found her voice, and now she’s not afraid to use it.
Don’t forget. You can sip MORE of our #JaMHappyHour shows, LIVE on JaM Cellars Facebook and YouTube at 4:00pm Pacific three times a month on #WineWednesday or #ThirstyThursday. PLUS a special Sweet Relief benefit show every final Friday of the month!
Don’t tune in empty handed. Chill out with our NEW Butter Cab and Butter Bubbles, or find your favorite JaM Cellars wines by visiting us online at JaMCellars.com and on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.
It’s sweet, sweet summertime here in sunny Napa Valley, which means it’s time to get your sip on! From fun food pairings to late-night JaMSessions, there’s a little something for everyone. Here’s a sneaky peek of what to expect on your next visit to JaM Cellars wine & music studio:
Join us for our live JaMSessions to keep the party going long after dinner. Here are some of the upcoming headlines:
Saturday, July 16th from 9-11pm, Saint Solitude, an all-American rock band, will be partying all night long with us.
Thursday, July 21st from 8-10pm as Michele Lambert, pop singer/songwriter, will be taking the stage. Michelle has toured from coast to coast, making waves all over the country–especially since her 2021 single “Come to Me” reached #1 on Indie Radio!
Saturday, July 30th, from 9-11pm Simon Melrose will be playing. Come sip on guitar riffs steeped in the blues, and “songs inspired by the troubadours of the 70’s.”
Can’t make it to Napa for our in-person JaMSessions? Get a sip of JaMSessions wherever you are with virtual JaMHappyHours on FB LIVE Live and the JaMHappyHour podcast! Just make sure your glasses are full with plenty of wine to JaM along with.
Everyone knows that we have delicious, easy-to-love sips in our wine & music studio… but did you know that we also have an incredible lineup of tasty bites, too??
From our decadent cheese board (goat gouda, Holey Cow Cheese, mixed nuts, and seasonal jam…and more) to the oh-so more-ish Brownie Points (chocolate brownies with vanilla whipped creme and caramel sauce), we’ve got a little something for everyone. We even have JaMJello Shots! Be sure to ask your JaMbassador for the current flave.
Or maybe you’ve worked up an appetite for a delicious small plate nosh? We offer select light bites from our gourmet Mediterranean neighbor, Tarla, that are perfect to enjoy in one of our indoor booths . . . or claim your spot at one of our sunny outdoor tables!
Wine You Can’t Get Anywhere Else!
Obviously, we can’t get enough of our loveable lineup–including Butter Chardonnay, ButterCans, Butter Cab, Butter Bubbles, JaM Cabernet, Toast Sparkling, and Sugar Sweet White–but what about the exclusive wines that we offer ONLY when you visit the downtown Napa JaM Cellars wine & music studio?
Sip on limited-release wines like the JaM Cellars North Coast Brut Sparkling, NEW 2021 JaM Cellars Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc and the 2018 JaM Cellars Napa Valley Pinot Noir. Pro tip: You can’t find these at your local grocery, so stock up while you’re here. Or Join the JaMClub and wines that rock will show up on your doorstep just like magic!
And, as if that’s not tempting enough, at 5:15pm every day, there's a complimentary toast with Toast for everyone hanging out with us in the music & wine studio!
Can’t make it to JaM with us in person? Join the JaMClub and never miss a beat or a new release! Twist open your own stash of Butter Chardonnay, JaM Cabernet, Toast Sparkling or Sugar Sweet White and turn up the tunes with our Summer Festival JaMs poured by JaM Cellars on iHeart Radio. You can curate your very own Napa Valley experience from the comfort of your own living room.
See you soon, JaM babes!
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