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A Man and His Mountain by Edward Humes

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Chapter 7

The New King of Wine Country Meets His Match

Even as Jess Jackson’s marriage canted toward disaster after more than a quarter century, his wine—the business he swore he never wanted, his inexorable, beautiful trap—seemingly could do no wrong. Two years after the first 16,000-case sellout, production fast approached the 100,000-case mark. Now Jackson experienced the opposite of the grape glut that had forced him into the wine business in the first place: he had more orders than he could fill, despite having US distribution deals in only half the states. This success meant—perversely, he complained—that he was constantly broke, forced to plow his revenue back into more vines and more grapes, and borrow even more money against the following ...

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