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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Kendall-Jackson, original brand name of the winery and vineyard empire begun by Jess Jackson (Kendall was his former wife’s maiden name) in Lake county, California, during the mid 1970s. By the early 1990s, expansion and acquisition had resulted in such a proliferation of brand names that the Artisans & Estates division was created to differentiate other labels, many of them of the highest quality, from the Kendall-Jackson labels. Now all the brands are under the Jackson Family Wines banner, but in US trade jargon ‘K-J’ is still used for the whole collection, as well as for the Kendall-Jackson labels specifically.