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Remembering My Dad

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The past few months have been difficult for my family and me, which is why I haven’t posted lately. Still, I want to continue blogging, and I thought I’d take some time and dedicate it to my father, Jess Jackson.

My dad once said that “a family has a culture that’s not corporate. A family has a culture that wants to hand the soil and the brand and the team onto the next generation and create something of lasting value and never breach the trust of the consumer.”

My father taught me the value of hard work and vision. He was a man of integrity and strength who believed that our company’s legacy is about farming and cultivation of the land. He knew that this legacy, if properly attended to, could last for generations. His dream was that the business would be passed down to our grandchildren’s grandchildren.  We intend to preserve his legacy.

I cherished every moment I spent learning from my dad. He knew that my siblings and I would be committed to his vision of quality, commitment, stewardship of the land and making the world a better place. He’s proud of me, but I want to be sure that, in the future, he would feel a solemn sense of pride at his family’s accomplishments.

One of the things I’ll cherish most about my dad is his passion, integrity and brilliance. He was a champion to so many people, but mainly those closest to him. After he passed some of the news coverage referred to him as a “wine mogul” and “wine titan.” He never perceived himself that way and, in fact, was much more.  He was a loving father and a modest man with a big heart. He didn’t see the need to boast and preferred to stay out of the spotlight. Some of his last words to the nurse were, “the only thing I regret is that I couldn’t make the world a better place. I had so much more to do and too little time.”

You’ve already made the world a better place, Dad.

You told me to never forget that you have a very special place for me and your love will always be there no matter what; well same goes to you dad. May you rest in peace.


  • Bernadette Lane

    I really enjoyed reading this. I lost my father at a young age, and there is NEVER a replacement. The whole that is left can only be filled by the good memories and love that he shared with you. My daughter has been fortunate to work at KJ and I’m thankful for him for giving her a place to start.

  • Tari Blalock

    God bless your family and the values you hold true after the loss of your father. Your winery, grapes, vineyards, wines and staff have always heald a special place in my heart. Yours was the first winery I ever had the pleasure of touring. Because of the friendliest people on the Earth working at your company, it was a wonderful experience that has led me to pursue my own grape growing at a hobbiest scale. Thank you for all that your family has done and will continue to do.

  • Kathleen von Raesfeld


    What a beautiful tribute to your dad. He was truly an amazing man and did change the world. I am also so glad you know how much he loved you and your family. You will carry on his great work, I know.

    You and your kind, hardworking family are in my thoughts and prayers. I hope the rays of sun that we are finally seeing today in Sonoma County uplift your spirits and remind you that the growing season is here. Death is a part of life and that cycle repeats, as we know. My father has been gone for over 27 years, it is not easy, but I know that his passion is part of who I am. Your father was a great man and you are a talented and intelligent lady. I look forward to watching you make the world a better place.

  • Lorrie S. LeBeaux

    Julia, well said! You have to believe in something and your dad did; I think that is why KJ is KJ. Always remember the good times and the love, that is what I do to keep my loved ones who have gone on alive in my mind and in my heart.

  • Debbie Hanson


    What a beautiful tribute to your dad. Speaking as someone from the horse industry I wanted to share a portion of a letter I wrote to someone in the office…

    “I was very sadden to hear about Jess………….
    Speaking as an outsider and someone who never had the
    privilege of meeting him, the horse community will miss him terribly.
    Never afraid to take on the big boys or the whole industry, he did what
    the average horse owner has never been able to do. He brought things
    out in the open and made people take notice. He refused to be ignored
    and by doing so made chances to better the industry.

    For all of us “little” horse people, his legacy will not be his vast fortune,
    fabulous wine or winning horses….but rather his determination and
    desire to help protect “us”. He was our voice….our hero….and he will
    be sorely missed. Please pass along our condolences to his family.”

  • Marc Malvino


  • Julia Jackson

    Thank you for all of your beautiful comments. It’s wonderful he’s touched so many people’s lives. My family continues to uphold his legacy.


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