Jess Jackson, the visionary behind Kendall-Jackson, made significant strides in winemaking. After purchasing an 80-acre pear and walnut orchard in Lake County, he transformed it into a Chardonnay grapevine haven just north of Napa Valley. Driven by the desire to create premium yet affordable California wine, Jess and his family embarked on their winemaking journey. Their dedication paid off when Jess sold the inaugural case of Kendall-Jackson's Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay at the iconic Oyster Bar in Grand Central Station, New York City. The wine's brilliance was further acknowledged when it won The American Wine Competition's renowned Platinum Award for an American Chardonnay. Kendall-Jackson quickly gained fame, catching the attention of influential figures like Nancy Reagan, who favored the Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay, earning it the moniker "Nancy's wine" in a column by Herb Caen, a renowned San Francisco Chronicle columnist. Building on the success of Vintner's Reserve, Jess introduced the Grand Reserve collection, a meticulously crafted assortment of wines showcasing the finest grapes grown in California's coastal appellations, including mountain, ridge, hillside, and benchland vineyards. Kendall-Jackson's journey from the orchard to the White House and the launch of their remarkable wine collections cemented their position as prominent player in the wine industry.
Jess Jackson, the visionary behind Kendall-Jackson, began a journey that revolutionized American winemaking. It started with purchasing a stave mill in northeastern France, making Kendall-Jackson the sole American winery with ownership in such a facility. This commitment to aging and fermenting in French oak barrels has been instrumental in delivering America's favorite Chardonnay since 1982. The Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate and Gardens, which Ken De Baun initially built for his vineyard, debuted in Sonoma County's center in 1990. Acquired by Kendall-Jackson in 1996, this site became an educational destination for food and wine enthusiasts. Randy Ullom, appointed as Winemaster in 1997, has played a vital role in the vineyard and winemaking programs of Kendall-Jackson.
Kendall-Jackson's achievements have not gone unnoticed, as it has been honored by various prestigious institutions. Wine Enthusiast, Wine & Spirits Magazine, and The Drinks Business have recognized Kendall-Jackson for its excellence, commitment to sustainability, and innovative practices. Wine Enthusiast's Top 100 Wineries of the Year has featured Kendall-Jackson multiple times, highlighting its consistent quality. The Drinks Business awarded Kendall-Jackson the Green Company of the Year title for its environmentally sensitive practices and energy-saving initiatives. Furthermore, Kendall-Jackson has received the esteemed Green Medal Award, which commends vineyards and wineries excelling in sustainability. The Wine Enthusiast Wine Star Awards, recognized the company's achievements in the wine industry by designating International Wineries for Climate Action (IWCA) as the Social Visionary of the Year and Winemaster Randy Ullom as an American Wine Legend.
Some Popular Products of Kendall-Jackson Wine
- Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
- Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay
- Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Rose
- Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve Pinot Noir
- Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Sauvignon Blanc