Jackson Family Wines is a vintner in the Sonoma Valley of California. It is owned by Barbara Banke who has been in the wine business for many years. Her daughter, Julia Jackson, is the spokesperson for the company and has made many appearances in support of the brand. Julia grew up in the wine business and is a very knowledgeable source of information on how to make wine and how to pair it with food.
Julia Jackson has a degree in studio art that she earned at Scripps College in Claremont, California. In 2010 she also earned a certificate in general management from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. As the spokesperson of Jackson Family Wines, Julia has said that her company doesn’t chase short term trends and doesn’t target specific demographics. Instead, they make wines that stand the test of time that are made through hard work and traditional methods of wine making.
According to Julia, Sonoma is home to the best place in the world to grow Cabernets. Three of their popular wines are Cabernet’s blended with other wines. These wines have garnered respect among wine critics including Robert Parker who has given them perfect scores over nine times in the last several years. The flagship wine of Jackson Family Wines is Vérité which has been available in the United States for almost 20 years and was introduced in the United Kingdom to critical acclaim in 2015.
In 2014, Julia Jackson established Cambria Seeds of Empowerment. This is a nonprofit organization that was established to celebrate women and their accomplishments. Every year she donated $100,000 through this nonprofit which gives cash grants to other organizations that share similar ideals. As she points out, even the wine business is dominated by men. The nonprofit was created to celebrate those women who succeed in business while maintaining their authenticity.