Few things go with great conversation like a good bottle of wine. Fittingly, it was a wine-fueled conversation during a dinner in 2012 that led Chris and Vernon to float the idea of creating their very own label. Major League teammates and fathers of two, they shared not only a passion for wine but for family as well. So when it came time to name their new baby, they looked to their kids for inspiration. Taking the initials of Jayce, Ashlyn, Christian and Kylie, JACK Winery was born (so to speak). For Chris and Vernon, the thrill of creating something from the ground up and being able to share it with friends, family and wine lovers near and far is the satisfying result of a fruitful collaboration.
Friends and family. We’ll drink to that.
ABOUT THE WINEMAKER
Raised in Napa, Grant Long Jr. has spent his entire career in the wine business. He is the sole proprietor of Aonair, where he handcrafts rich, premium wines of bold vintage and limited quantity. Partial to vintages sourced from the rocky, volcanic hillside vineyards of Napa Valley, Grant approaches his craft from a very personal perspective, putting quality far above all other considerations. He points to his father, a lifelong wine lover and wine collector, as one of the great influences in his life. JACK Winery is fortunate to benefit from the expertise and uncompromising standards of one of today’s true winemaking artisans.