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Kenwood

The winery in California Sonoma Valley (Region North Coast ) was founded in 1906 under the name "Pagani Brothers Winery". The rundown operation was taken over in 1970 by Martin Lee (now deceased), his son-in-law John Sheela and his two sons Marty and Mike. After the nearby town he was named "Kenwood Winery". The "Family Association" caused a real revolution as a result and caused a sensation with the wines. The winery was founded in 1998 by the famous sparkling wine house Korbel (Gary Heck) bought, then both enterprises went 2002 into the possession of the beer company Anheuser-Busch. The vineyards cover 112 hectares of vines with the white varieties Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, French Colombard, Gewürztraminer and Sauvignon Blanc, as well as the red varieties Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan Noir, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Syrah and Zinfandel.

There are mainly produced Varietals (varietal wines). The wines are sold in the six "Vintage" (lower price segment), "Sonoma Series" (variety from Sonoma County), "Yulupa" (especially for restaurants), "Reserve" (single vineyards), "Jack London" and "Artist Series "produced. For the line "Jack London" grapes are used, which come from the former "Beauty Ranch" of the famous writer Jack London (1876-1916) at Glen Ellen. The management of this ranch was (besides writing) from the year 1911 until the death of Jack London its main occupation. Today, vines are cultivated on the ranch. From there, Kenwood buys grapes and produces the three varietals Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Zinfandel.

The Kenwood "Artist Series" is a successful combination of art and wine and is often referred to as Château Mouton-Rothschild designated by America. It is very popular among wine collectors worldwide. The red wine is produced since 1978 from the best Sonoma Valley grapes. The style has changed over time. Originally, the wine was made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon very oak barrel emphasized. Then it was converted to a Bordeaux style with smaller proportions of Merlot and Cabernet Franc and subtler barrique expansion. The label is designed annually by an artist. For the first year 1975, the local artist David Lance Goines was commissioned. The work showed a naked woman lying in a vineyard.

As the label in 1978 the BATF (today TTB ) was submitted for approval, Kenwood received the unequivocally negative response: "The picture must be deleted, more specifically the BATF considers it obscene and indecent in accordance with the provisions of 27cKR". Only 80 boxes with the "naked woman" were allowed to leave the winery. A second ironically meant label, which represented a skeleton in place of the naked woman, was also not allowed. The final approved label showed a grassy hill with a river, titled "hilly landscape". In 1997, the "naked woman" again submitted to the BATF and quasi as a sign of how times change, also approved and used for the label of the 20th anniversary of the vintage 1994. The previous artworks represent many periods and art movements from impressionist to modern. The most well-known are 1979 "Seewolf by the lighthouse", 1981 "Golden Gate Bridge" and 1989 "Jacqueline" by Pablo Picasso.

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