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Two limited-edition labels celebrate the Kentucky Derby.
March 21, 2022
Wine producer Kendall-Jackson has announced the release of two co-branded, limited-edition wines to honor a partnership in which Kendall-Jackson is the preferred wine of the Kentucky Derby. Blending the Jackson family's legacy of winemaking and thoroughbred horse racing, the commemorative Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon are the first of several releases planned to launch annually, leading up to the 150th running of the Kentucky Derby in 2024.
"Our family's legacy in winemaking runs deep, and while many wine enthusiasts across the nation recognize Kendall-Jackson as the makers of America's favorite Chardonnay, our family's endeavors in the horse racing world are lesser known," says Barbara Banke, chairman, proprietor, Jackson Family Wines. "Jess' [Jackson] passion for horse racing was ignited as a young boy when he watched Seabiscuit win the 1938 Bay Meadows Handicap from atop his uncle's shoulders. Many years later, our success in the wine business afforded us the opportunity to indulge in his passion, which is now mine, for thoroughbred racing."
The Jackson family opened Stonestreet Farm, a thoroughbred horse breeding and training operation, in 2005 on premium farmland in the famous Bluegrass region of Lexington, Ky. Since then, Stonestreet has become the leading North American commercial thoroughbred breeder of yearlings 10 times. This year's limited-edition Kentucky Derby x Kendall-Jackson wines will prominently feature the Kentucky Derby icon along with an artist's rendering of Stonestreet's home-bred champion Good Magic, who ran in the 2018 Kentucky Derby and finished second behind Justify, who went on to win the Triple Crown.
"It feels like a natural connection to bring our two great passions together on the global stage at the Kentucky Derby,” says Banke. “Although Good Magic is now retired, we wanted to highlight his remarkable accomplishments.”
The commemorative Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon wines are available for purchase at Kj.com and in select retailers nationwide.
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