A Man and his Mountain

The Everyman who Created Kendall-Jackson and Became America’s Greatest Wine Entrepreneur

Meet the legendary entrepreneur who put Chardonnay on America’s tables and shook the horseracing world to its corrupt and complacent heart -- the only lumberjack turned cop turned lawyer turned winemaker to work his way onto the Forbes 400 list of wealthiest Americans. The story of self-made billionaire Jess Jackson, who built the Kendall-Jackson wine empire from a few mountainous acres of grapes and raced the Horse of the Year three years in a row, is a remarkable tale of romance, risk and reinvention – perhaps the greatest second act in the history of American business.

Booklist: Humes makes his charismatic subject’s every venture vividly and intensely dramatic. This book will attract readers of diverse interests, from the law to wine-making to business to horse-racing.

Robert Parker, Wine Spectator: A classic American story - a man of the people becomes one of the great visionaries and qualitative titans the wine world has ever witnessed. Very highly recommended.”

Kirkus Reviews: A well-rounded, absorbing narrative of entrepreneurship, wine and the extraordinary man who made it all happen.. The quintessentially American rags-to-riches story.