Wine Industry Loses Legend Jess Jackson

FILED APRIL 21, 2011

Dear Client:

We regret to report that wine legend Jess Stonestreet Jackson, founder of Kendall-Jackson winery, died today at his Geyserville, Calif., home after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was 81. His company released a touching obituary this morning, detailing how Mr. Jackson went from being "a one-time longshoreman and police officer" to becoming "one of the best-known figures in American viticulture, as Kendall-Jackson became the best-selling Chardonnay in America for over two decades."

In 1974 he started the K-J wine business, and produced his first bottle of wine under the label in 1982. In 1983, the wine won the first double Platinum Award ever presented by the American Wine Competition.

In 2009, Mr. Jackson, who was also a founding member of Family Winemakers of California, was inducted into the Vintner's Hall of Fame. At that time he remarked, "Wine is entirely different from liquor and beer, and I'd like to see our industry free itself from the images that are used to sell those products. Wine is a part of our cultural heritage. It has always been the traditional partner with food. Wine celebrates friends, family, and love - all of the best things in life."

He is survived by his wife, Barbara Banke, five children: Jennifer Hartford, Laura Giron, Katie Jackson, Julia Jackson and Christopher Jackson and two grandchildren, Hailey Hartford and MacLean Hartford.

Until later, Megan

"A rumor without a leg to stand on will get around some other way."
John Tudor

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