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Anthony Gismondi on Wine
Friday, March 2 2018

People : Randy Ullom

By: Anthony Gismondi
Kendall-Jackson's winemaster talks chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon.

There are a lot of winemakers in Vancouver this week at the 40th Vancouver International; Wine Festival but few if any come with the knowledge and experience of Kendall-Jackson’s Winemaster Randy Ullom.

The 65-year-old Ullom is a senior vice president and chief winemaker responsible for the entire Kendall-Jackson portfolio as well as the company’s Chilean operations. Ullom oversees 12,800 acres of estate vineyards, all coastal and all cool, divided evenly between North Coast, Monterey and Santa Barbara counties. ‘K-J’ as its referred to is part of an even larger Jackson Family Wines portfolio of wineries and brands making 6 million cases annually in multiple countries. Over the last twenty years Ullom has been the rock at K-J balancing the need to be progressive and move forward but never taking his eye off the consumers that have made Kendall-Jackson so successful. We caught up with Ullom inside the International Tasting Room to ask about his chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon and the new VR rosé.


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Anthony Gismondi
Anthony Gismondi

Anthony Gismondi is a Canadian wine journalist and one of North America's most influential voices in wine. He is currently in his 29th year as the wine columnist at the Vancouver Sun and a Partner and Principal Critic at www.winealign.comAnthony is also the co-host of the longest running, weekly, wine and food show in Canadian radio: The Best of Food and Wine. You can listen to the show across the Best of Food and Wine Radio Network multiple times per week. For air times in your city, or to listen live on the internet, check here.