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A Man and His Mountain by Edward Humes

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Chapter 13

The Vineyard by the Owl House

As Jess Jackson made his exultant, disruptive mark in the thoroughbred world, then laid plans for the next step—horses from overseas, a bit of matchmaking between Curlin and Rachel, a horseman’s league of extraordinary gentlemen—he still devoted half his time to Kendall-Jackson. By his estimation, that still amounted to a forty-hour workweek for wine, give or take.

What that meant was more vineyards and wineries purchased and built—so much so that the San Francisco Chronicle pronounced him one of the two most powerful vintners in the country, Ernest Gallo being the other. It meant a conversion to sustainable winemaking and the $30 million construction of an experimental winery to be run as a test bed ...

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