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Kendall-Jackson Wine

Trends come and go in the wine business, but there's one constant in California wine!

In Sonoma County, there are two words that are almost synonymous with California wine: Kendall Jackson. The winery was started by the late Jess Jackson in 1974, with the goal of making fine wines with an affordable price for everyone to enjoy. And that's exactly what he did. Soon, awards and accolades flowed as easily as the chardonnay, all with an eye for farming the best grapes they could.

The winery crafts dozens of wines now, but they're probably best known for their Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay; it helped put California chardonnay on the map and has actually been the top-selling chardonnay in the country for 26 years and counting!

But it's not just the wine they're known for; after all, Kendall-Jackson is the winery that pioneered the concept of wine and food pairings.

It's all about the wine being paired with farm-fresh selections that complement the nuances of the wine and don't compete with them. Finding the right balance in what to grow that pairs well with the subtle notes of each wine produced at Kendall-Jackson is what their master culinary gardener excels at. They have culinary and sensory gardens that were built to educate and enhance the visitor's experience.

Pairing the food and wine is made easier by the fact that the garden is just steps away from the world-class kitchen and culinary talents of the Kendall-Jackson chefs. They find inspiration for their food creations from the sights, smells and tastes of the gardens on a daily basis.

In its more than 40-year history, Kendall-Jackson has been at the forefront of finding ways to help wine lovers appreciate the symbiotic relationship of food and wine. As the family winery's founder once said, "Wine celebrates friends, family and love—all the best things of life."

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