Bartles & Jaymes

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Bartles & Jaymes is a flavored wine cooler and malt beverage line produced by the E & J Gallo Winery in the United States, introduced in 1981, and available in various fruit flavors.

TV commercials[edit]

The product line is remembered for its folksy television commercials, created by Hal Riney, which ran from 1984 to 1991. Two older gentlemen characters, Frank Bartles and Ed Jaymes, sat on a front porch and related their new discoveries or projects on which they were working. The characters were patterned after the winery's founders, Ernest and Julio Gallo. Occasionally ads would be a twist on the idea of senior citizens or folksiness, such as having the pair fly an old-fashioned biplane over a beach, then airdrop crates of their product which were received by grateful young party animals. Bartles did all the talking, and ended each commercial with the tagline, "... and thank you for your support."[1]

David Rufkahr played Frank Bartles and Dick Maugg played Ed Jaymes. Prior to their work on the ads, neither Rufkahr nor Maugg had been an actor: Rufkahr, a career Air Force veteran and cattle rancher from Redmond, Oregon, won the job in a talent search, whereas Dick Maugg was a general contractor from Santa Rosa, California.

David Rufkahr died of a heart attack in April 1996, in Bend, Oregon, at the age of 61. Dick Maugg died of cancer in Santa Rosa on July 28, 2015; he was 83. His death was reported to news outlets by his family on October 27, 2015.[2]


Current flavors include:

  • Apple
  • Apple Blossom
  • Banana Cosmopolitan
  • Black Cherry
  • Blackberry Ridge
  • Blue Hawaiian
  • Blueberry
  • Body Shot Lime
  • Citrus
  • Classic Original
  • Exotic Berry
  • Fuzzy Navel
  • Kiwi Strawberry
  • Lime Cosmopolitan
  • Margarita
  • Mojito
  • Mountain Berry
  • Peach
  • Peach Bellini
  • Pear and Berry
  • Piña Colada
  • Pineapple
  • Pink Grapefruit
  • Raspberry
  • Raspberry Cosmopolitan
  • Raspberry Pomegranate
  • Salty Persimmon
  • Sangria
  • Snow Creek Berry
  • Strawberry
  • Strawberry Daiquiri
  • Strawberry Hill
  • Strawberry Margarita
  • Sun Peak Peach
  • Tickle Pink
  • Tropical Mango
  • Wild Cherry

Discontinued flavors include:

  • Apple Passion
  • Banana Daiquiri
  • Blackberry
  • Blueberry Hill
  • Country Kwencher
  • Fiesta Strawberry
  • Grapefruit
  • Green Apple
  • Lemon
  • Lime Daiquiri
  • Luscious Blackberry
  • Mango Grove
  • Melon Ball
  • Melon Splash
  • Orange
  • Orange Hurricane
  • Orange Pineapple
  • Orange Sunset
  • Pomegranate
  • Pomegranate Cosmopolitan
  • Pomegranate Daiquiri
  • Raspberry Daiquiri
  • Raspberry Margarita
  • Strawberry Colada
  • Strawberry Cosmopolitan
  • Tangerine
  • Tropical
  • Watermelon
  • Wild Berry
  • Wild Grape
  • Wild Island
  • Wild Raspberry

In popular culture[edit]

Indie folk band The Mountain Goats reference Bartles & Jaymes on the song "You or Your Memory" from their 2005 album The Sunset Tree.[3]

The Lonely Island references Bartles & Jaymes on the song "3-Way (The Golden Rule)" from their 2013 album The Wack Album. [4]

Band of Horses reference Bartles & Jaymes on the song "Neighbor" from their 2010 album Infinite Arms.

Indie singer-songwriter Mark Kozelek references Bartles & Jaymes on the song "My Love for You is Undying" from his 2018 self-titled album.[5]

In the 2008 film “the Hottie and the Nottie,” the character June Phigg is shown drinking Bartles & Jaymes wine coolers.

Rapper Spice 1 references Bartles & Jaymes in the song "187 Proof" from his 1992 self-titled album Spice 1.

Weird Paul Petroskey references Bartles and Jaymes in the song "Wine Coolers" from his 2006 album "Medically Necessary" and 2012 album "25 Years of Lo-Fi".


  1. ^ patofnavar (23 April 2007). "Retro Bartles & Jaymes Commercial Perfect Ice Topping". Retrieved 7 August 2017 – via YouTube.
  2. ^ "Santa Rosa man who starred in 'Bartles and Jaymes' TV ads dies". Retrieved October 27, 2015.
  3. ^ "The Mountain Goats – You or Your Memory". Retrieved 7 August 2017.
  4. ^ "The Lonely Island (Ft. Justin Timberlake & Lady Gaga) – 3 Way (The Golden Rule)". Retrieved 7 August 2017.
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