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  • K-J AVANT Chardonnay
     
    K-J Avant Chardonnay
    Fresh / Crisp / Clean

    Crisp, bright and sleek, Kendall-Jackson AVANT Chardonnay is cold-fermented to retain green apple and lemon drop flavors.

    Appellation:
    California
    Flavor Profile:
    Fresh, crisp, fruit-driven
    Goes well with:
    Monterey Jack cheese, guacamole, grilled shrimp
  • New
    K-J Avant Red Blend
    Rich / Silky / Smooth

    Enticing aromas of ripe raspberry and bold black cherry are complemented by hints of spice and dark chocolate to deliver a smooth and lingering finish.

    Appellation:
    California
    Flavor Profile:
    Fruit forward taste of plum, ripe raspberry and pomegranate with hints of vanilla and cocoa
    Goes well with:
    Fondue, prosciutto wrapped dates, sweet and savory flatbread pizza
  • K-J AVANT Sauvignon Blanc
    New
    K-J Avant Sauvignon Blanc
    Bright / Fresh / Vibrant

    Handcrafted and cold-fermented in stainless steel to preserve the grape's alluring, fruit-forward aromatics layered with notes of lemongrass and subtle minerality.

    Appellation:
    California
    Flavor Profile:
    Light-bodied with distinguished flavors of vibrant lime and passion fruit
    Goes well with:
    Feta cheese, spring salad, fish tacos

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Kendall-Jackson’s 2015 Sustainability Initiatives – A Year in Review

2015 was a challenging year for growing grapes and making wine in California. We experienced major climate-driven events from rising global temperatures to the continuation of the four year drought that has gripped the state. Nearly every growing stage of the grapevine occurred sooner, leading to a record-breaking early harvest.

Despite these conditions, grape quality was markedly high in our 2015 crop, and our winemaking team is excited about the quality of the 2015 vintage wines. Even with the scarcity of resources in the way of water availability, our cellar teams were still able to devise creative ways to turn the drought into an opportunity for innovation.

2015 truly highlighted the exceptional pursuit of winemaking innovation led by all of the teams responsible for producing the high quality Kendall-Jackson wines our customers have come to expect from each vintage. With exciting projects ahead of us in 2016, here are some of the highlights we accomplished last year:

Wind Turbine

Energy –

  • We announced our collaboration with Tesla Energy as one of the first wine industry collaborators and largest user of their stationary energy storage technology with 4.2 MW of capacity installed across 6 of our wineries in Sonoma, Napa, and Monterey Counties
  • We installed 4.3MW of Solar Photovoltaic solar systems on our Wineries, offsetting over 40% of our annual electricity consumption with clean, renewable energy
  • We purchased 41k mWh of Renewable Energy Certificates to offset 100% of our companywide operations electricity usage and another 30% on behalf of all of our employees’ home usage

Sonoma County Reservoir

Water –  

  • Kendall-Jackson was named the Environmental Leader’s 2015 Project of the Year for our automated barrel wash water recycling unit developed by our K-J Monterey Winery Team
  • We were the first winery in the industry to deploy a waterless UV sanitation technology called BlueMorph and a microfog tank sanitation technology called Aurratech. These two new technologies have the capability to help us save 1.5 million gallons of water each year when fully deployed!
  • In partnership with the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), California Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), and Trout Unlimited, we participated in a Voluntary Drought Initiative to release 7.2 acre-feet of water from one of our vineyard reservoirs into Green Valley Creek in support of Coho salmon habitat. To help our rural neighbors participate in this conservation initiative, we also donated $40k to Trout Unlimited’s Flows for Fish Program which places storage tanks along key Russian River watershed tributaries to reduce the reliance on pumping water.

As a result of our efforts to conserve water resources in our wineries, we reduced our total companywide water use by 17% in 2015 from 2014. These accomplishments have paved the way for our 2016 projects, and we already have our sleeves rolled up and some great projects in the hopper. Stay tuned throughout the year to stay up to date on our journey towards a more sustainable future for generations to come.

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This year, skip the restaurant crowds and put together a Valentine's Day dessert table to surprise him when he walks in the door. #DIY

I love fancy restaurants and romantic dinners as much as the next girl, but I’ve never been a big fan of going out on Valentine’s Day. It just feels a little forced to me. But I do like using the 14th as an excuse to do something special with my husband… we just usually celebrate at home! This year, I thought it would be fun to put together a Valentine’s Day dessert table to surprise him when he walks in the door.

This year, skip the restaurant crowds and put together a Valentine's Day dessert table to surprise him when he walks in the door. #DIYThis year, skip the restaurant crowds and put together a Valentine's Day dessert table to surprise him when he walks in the door. #DIYThis year, skip the restaurant crowds and put together a Valentine's Day dessert table to surprise him when he walks in the door. #DIY

My favorite part is this backdrop I created with a bunch of red and white envelopes. I arranged the red envelopes into a heart and tucked a short love note in each one.

This year, skip the restaurant crowds and put together a Valentine's Day dessert table to surprise him when he walks in the door. #DIY

Then, I got a bunch of red and pink desserts and placed them on different cake stands and bowls. To save time, I just got store-bought goodies and personalized them a little for Valentine’s Day. I mixed some kettle corn with pink and red M&Ms, and added little Sweethearts on top of pink sugar cookies. I also arranged some grocery store flowers into a quick bouquet.

This year, skip the restaurant crowds and put together a Valentine's Day dessert table to surprise him when he walks in the door. #DIY

For drinks, I chose Kendall-Jackson AVANT Red Blend. It has notes of raspberry, black cherry, spice and dark chocolate–which makes it perfect for a Valentine’s Day dessert table.

This year, skip the restaurant crowds and put together a Valentine's Day dessert table to surprise him when he walks in the door. #DIY

Lastly, I hung a couple “XO” balloons to finish off the decor!

This year, skip the restaurant crowds and put together a Valentine's Day dessert table to surprise him when he walks in the door. #DIY

I’m really happy with how the dessert table turned out, and it was all so easy to put together. The envelope backdrop took me less than five minutes (just taping envelopes up on the wall), and could be easily adapted with different shapes, letters, or numbers for other celebrations. And all the desserts were so yummy! If you’re planning to celebrate Valentine’s Day at home this year, consider adding a dessert table to make your evening that much sweeter.

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This meyer lemon blondie recipe is bright, citrusy and simple -- the perfect dessert for quickly and deliciously pulling you out of even the most dreary of winter funks.

Hi, Friends! Katie from Butterlust here, sharing my first Kendall-Jackson-inspired recipe of the year. It’s been way too long, and boy does it feel good to be back! Today’s recipe is bright, citrusy and simple — the perfect dessert for quickly and deliciously pulling you out of even the most dreary of winter funks.

This meyer lemon blondie recipe is bright, citrusy and simple -- the perfect dessert for quickly and deliciously pulling you out of even the most dreary of winter funks.This meyer lemon blondie recipe is bright, citrusy and simple -- the perfect dessert for quickly and deliciously pulling you out of even the most dreary of winter funks.

It’s the time of year when light, fresh white wines seems to be forgotten and neglected, replaced by the warmth and body of big, bold reds. And understandably so. When it’s frigidly cold outside, wine-lovers the world over might argue that there’s little that’s more comforting than wrapping yourself up in a cozy blanket and a generous pour of Cabernet Sauvignon. (Good thing Kendall-Jackson makes a few great ones, too!)

But, I’m here today to represent the seasonably forgotten Sauvignon Blanc. It’s the perfect mate to these lemony blondies, and the perfect pick-me-up when you’re looking for a little less cozy and a little more pep during the gloomy winter months.

Not to be lumped into the category of average lemon desserts, these blondies are intensely chewy, best served ever-so-slightly underbaked so they retain a gooey, dough-like center, and studded with golden, fragrant Meyer lemon zest. Thought to be a cross between a lemon and a mandarin, Meyer lemons have a lighter acidity and more complex, floral flavor than a regular lemon. I love using them in place of their more commonplace cousin this time of year, in everything from tea to pasta to dessert.

This meyer lemon blondie recipe is bright, citrusy and simple -- the perfect dessert for quickly and deliciously pulling you out of even the most dreary of winter funks.This meyer lemon blondie recipe is bright, citrusy and simple -- the perfect dessert for quickly and deliciously pulling you out of even the most dreary of winter funks.This meyer lemon blondie recipe is bright, citrusy and simple -- the perfect dessert for quickly and deliciously pulling you out of even the most dreary of winter funks.

In this case, the buoyant freshness of the Meyer lemon plays perfectly with the citrus notes in K-J AVANT Sauvignon Blanc, retaining just enough comforting chew via classic blondie texture, but with enough sunny punch to chase away those winter blues. Enjoy!

Meyer Lemon Blodies
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Serves: 9-12 blondies
 
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1½ cups packed light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Meyer lemon zest
  • ¾ cup (1½ sticks) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1½ tablespoons Meyer lemon juice
  • powdered sugar, for dusting
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Line a 8x8-inch pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper, lightly grease and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt; set aside
  3. In another large bowl, combine the brown sugar and Meyer lemon zest and use your fingers to massage the zest into the sugar. This will help to boost the lemony flavor in your blondies.
  4. Add the melted butter to the sugar mixture and stir until combined. Add in the eggs and Meyer lemon juice and mix well.
  5. Using a spatula, fold in the dry ingredients until just combined; do not over mix.
  6. Add dough to your prepared pan and bake for 20-25 minutes, until firm and golden brown. Let cool completely on a wire rack. Sprinkle with powdered sugar then cut into squares and serve with K-J AVANT Sauvignon Blanc.

This meyer lemon blondie recipe is bright, citrusy and simple -- the perfect dessert for quickly and deliciously pulling you out of even the most dreary of winter funks.

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Hi, Friends! Katie from Butterlust here, sharing my...

These #DIY Stamped Clay Coasters are a great project to make with a bunch of girlfriends--they're simple and pretty, don't require any special skills, and the results are instantly gratifying!

I have an easy DIY project for you today–stamped clay coasters! These are really fun to make, and can be customized with different colors of clay, additional sayings, etc. I think they’d be a great project to make with a bunch of girlfriends–they’re simple and pretty, don’t require any special skills, and the results are instantly gratifying!

These #DIY Stamped Clay Coasters are a great project to make with a bunch of girlfriends--they're simple and pretty, don't require any special skills, and the results are instantly gratifying!

To make these, you will need:

  1. Oven-bake clay
  2. A rolling pin
  3. Alphabet stamps
  4. An existing coaster (for size)
  5. An Xacto knife
  6. An oven

These #DIY Stamped Clay Coasters are a great project to make with a bunch of girlfriends--they're simple and pretty, don't require any special skills, and the results are instantly gratifying!With your hands, make a ball of clay. Then roll it out with your rolling pin until it’s about a quarter inch thick. Set your existing coaster on top to use as a template, then cut away the excess clay with an Xacto knife.

These #DIY Stamped Clay Coasters are a great project to make with a bunch of girlfriends--they're simple and pretty, don't require any special skills, and the results are instantly gratifying!

Carefully stamp out the letters for your first phrase. I would recommend practicing on the excess clay first, to get the pressure right. I pressed too hard the first time and had to re-roll my coaster out.

These #DIY Stamped Clay Coasters are a great project to make with a bunch of girlfriends--they're simple and pretty, don't require any special skills, and the results are instantly gratifying!

Repeat the process for the remaining coasters. I made three to start with, and picked a few short sayings: drinks on me, the good stuff, and cheers! You could also personalize these with your family’s names, so each person has their own coaster and drinks never get mixed up.

These #DIY Stamped Clay Coasters are a great project to make with a bunch of girlfriends--they're simple and pretty, don't require any special skills, and the results are instantly gratifying!

Lastly, bake your coasters according to the directions on the package (I did 275 degrees for 30 minutes). Once they cool off, they’re ready to use!

These #DIY Stamped Clay Coasters are a great project to make with a bunch of girlfriends--they're simple and pretty, don't require any special skills, and the results are instantly gratifying!

Hope you like these! What sayings would you stamp your coasters with?

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K-J Avant: Committed to Sustainability

We are honored to be recognized for our sustainability efforts. We are a member of the EPA’s (Environmental Protection Agency) Green Power Leadership Club and a past recipient of the prestigious Green Power Leadership Award for our performance in energy conservation and renewable energy use. Other recipients included Intel, Google and the City of San Francisco.

Renewable Energy

Each bottle of Kendall-Jackson AVANT wine is vinted and bottled with 100% certified wind energy. Learn more about our sustainability efforts at KJ.com/Sustainability

K-J AVANT. The Right Wine for Right Now.

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