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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. For 30 years he has been the wine columnist for The Vancouver Sun. His twice-weekly column is distributed across Canada through Postmedia Network to 10 million readers. Anthony co-hosts the 20-year-strong BC Food & Wine Radio Show, which is broadcast in seven markets in B.C. and available online everywhere on iHeartRadio.ca. He launched Gismondionwine.com in 1997, attracting one million users a month from 114 countries. It continues to be a valuable resource of full tasting notes and intelligent wine stories and videos for the trade and consumers.