Kendall-Jackson is a brand of wine that was founded in 1982 by San Francisco land-use attorney Jess Jackson and his wife Jane Kendall Wadlow Jackson. The couple converted an 80-acre pear and walnut orchard in Lakeport, California into a vineyard and started selling wine grapes to local wineries. In response to a downturn in the grape market, they began producing their own wine, which led to the establishment of the Kendall-Jackson brand.
Today, Kendall-Jackson is known for its high quality wines that are made from grapes grown throughout California's diverse regions. They reject the trend among California winemakers towards vineyard-specific wines, believing that each grape variety should be matched. As a result, their wines are complex and well-balanced, with bright fruit flavours and a smooth finish.
Kendall-Jackson has won numerous awards over the years, including "Winery of the Year" from Wine Spectator in 1997 and 2003. They are also one of the top selling wine brands in the United States, with over 1 million cases sold annually.