Rebellium Wines incorporates our love of wine, art, and the ones who see things differently. Featuring the artwork of Blake Jordan and winemaking talents of Jon Keyes, who believe those without access to art education can showcase their abilities while developing their creative confidence. Sales from each bottle go directly to those with disabilities that we support through Rebellium’s nonprofit, Secure the Arts. Because we believe that both wine and art should be accessible, we’ve also created limited edition labels featuring the collaborative efforts of those we serve through Secure the Arts.
After studying chemistry at UC Santa Barbara, winemaker Jon Keyes dropped out of college to take his first winery job with California's ultimate boutique winery, Sine Qua Non. He then traveled to Australia, honing in his winemaking skills down under with Two Hands Winery in the Barossa Valley. He then returned to assume the position of Cellar Master at Napa Valley's Outpost Wines, under the guidance of winemaker Thomas Brown. It was there that Jon worked with many high rated and sought after brands such as Schrader, Maybach, and Rivers-Marie, one of which included a pair of 100-point wines in the same vintage. He then made wine for winemaking pioneer, Mark Herold. Jon is currently working with Wade Cellars as the winemaker for the former basketball player Dwayne Wade as well as Rebellium Wines who is committed to producing high pedigree wines with hand painted bottles by artist Blake Jordan.
The first thought Blake has every morning is artistic. Art inspires him, Art compels him, Art completes him.
From his youth in Napa, he’s found ways to express his artistic vision in every element of life. Progressing from crayons to pencils and other media, the core always remains an artist’s view of reality. Or of realities that ought to be.
His students remain a key source of his art. Their ability to turn feeling into vision affects him powerfully. His mentor, Luis Nieves provides guidance and structure which drives him to expand the possible.
The glass bottles of wine to him, become a medium of artistic expression. Blake uses DecoColor opaque paint markers to turn an ordinary bottle into a piece of exceptional art. Blake’s clients for art bottles include famous wineries, athletes, musicians and corporations. But none of these compare to his love for the underprivileged children & adults to which he devotes his time on a regular basis at securethearts.org.
Inevitably, Blake has become inspired to make the wine inside the bottle as artistic as the exteriors he create. Rebellium Wines are his ultimate expression of his visions both artistic and in the blending of the exceptional vintages to which he has access. When one holds a bottle of Rebellium, one holds a piece of art - both inside and outside the bottle.
David joins the Rebellium team with over a decade of experience in the world of wine. He graduated from California State University with a degree in Marketing and spent some time in the diamond business before being bit hard by the wine bug.
“I was with a client at dinner and he brought a bottle of 1982 Petrus and my mind was blown. Tasting that wine as it evolved in the glass over a couple of hours I knew that I needed to know more.”
David went on to take a course in wine program management and passed his Certified Sommelier diploma on the first attempt.
After receiving his certification from the Court of Master Sommeliers he held positions working as wine director for famed Napa Valley chef Michael Chairello and managing direct to consumer sales for wineries such as Merryvale and Beaulieu Vineyard among other endeavors in the world of wine.
For the past 3 years, David has taken up a new passion. Spending his time with team Rebellium in support of our core values making an impact in our community to those in need.
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