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Sonoma Vintner Jess Jackson Dies

Founder of Kendall-Jackson Wine Estates helped shape the modern wine industry
Tim Fish
Issue: June 15, 2011

Jess Jackson, who built a wine empire around Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay and became one of the most influential and controversial producers in the United States, died in Sonoma County on April 21. He was 81. The intensely private Jackson reportedly had been undergoing treatment for melanoma for several years.

For the full article, check out the new issue of Wine Spectator, on newsstands May 24, 2011.

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