Our Story

About our OCWineFest

A Stones Throw Winery was originally founded in 2002 out of Trabuco Canyon and operated as a small boutique winery called Hamilton Oaks Vineyard and Winery Inc. In 2012 the winery opened a second tasting room as Hamilton Oaks San Juan in the historic Swanner House in San Juan Capistrano, on the 3-acre property amongst the orange groves. In 2016 a group of former Marines and retired Marines formed a new partnership with Giracci Vineyards and Farms to establish A Stones Throw Winery. The winery is thrilled to have the expertise of the Giracci Team and the support of some-hard charging Marines.

Dr. Joel M. Fisher – Founder & CEO

Joel M. Fisher, PhD is a member of the Society of Wine Educators, The Circle of Wine Writers (UK), and the International Federation of Wine and Spirits Writers. He was awarded a Wine Enthusiast Media Scholarship at the Culinary Institute of America.

Dr. Fisher has written for the Culinary Connection of the Chefs de Cuisine Association of California, for the Beverly Hills Courier, and the Underground Wine Letter. He has taught at Cordon Bleu in Pasadena and in the Culinary Arts Department of the Art Institute of California — Los Angeles. He was a founding partner of the educational Wine Vine and Dine. He is a Sommelier for the Escoffier Association of Southern California, a member of The Tasting Panel (formerly the Bon Appetit Tasting Panel) and a Wine Host for CRN’s What’s Cooking Show.

Dr. Fisher co-led a program for chefs and culinary students to the Culinary Olympics in Germany, and to wineries in Burgundy and Champagne, and a study-abroad program called “Wine and Cuisine of Iberia” in Spain and Portugal.

About our Charitable Beneficiaries

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. Our mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world and is the leading source of free blood cancer education and support services for patients, survivors, families, caregivers and healthcare professionals. We are saving lives not someday, but today.

Kids Konnected was developed on the premise that when a parent gets cancer, the entire family is affected and the needs of the children must be addressed. Our programs started in California and soon spread nationwide. The mission of Kids Konnected is to provide friendship, understanding, education and support for kids and teens who have a parent with cancer or have lost a parent with cancer.