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Jess Jackson

Jess Stonestreet Jackson, Jr. (February 18, 1930 – April 21, 2011) was an American wine entrepreneur and self-made businessman. He started the Kendall-Jackson wine business with the family's 1974 purchase of an 80-acre (32 ha) pear and walnut orchard in Lakeport, California that was converted to a vineyard. The first release of Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay in 1982 closed the gap between the super premium and cheap wine market. Today, Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay is one of the most popular wines on the market. His style as a vintner was focused upon single-vineyard, mountain grown wines. Jess Jackson grew up during the Great Depression and was raised in San Francisco, California. His father, a teacher, was out of work three times while he was growing up, and there were times when the family had to survive only on rice. To help support his family, Jackson started working at an early age.

Jackson of Kendall-Jackson Wine -- Dead at 81

Jackson of Kendall-Jackson Wine -- Dead at 81

Jess Jackson--the founder of the Kendall-Jackson wine empire--has died at 81.  Jess had reportedly been battling cancer for several years. Jackson created the wine label in the '70s with his… READ MORE >

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