Barbara R. Banke has spent the last two decades leading the winery she co-founded with her late husband, Jess Jackson. The UCLA and Hastings Law School graduate is no stranger to juggling diverse workloads. A former land use and constitutional law attorney, Banke spent more than a decade arguing cases before the United States Supreme Court and Courts of Appeal, and raised three children with Jess (Katherine, Julia and Christopher Jackson). In addition to the flagship Kendall-Jackson and La Crema wineries, Banke and her family shaped over three dozen small, high-image wineries located across Sonoma, Napa, Monterey, Santa Barbara and Mendocino counties as well as wine estates in Bordeaux, Tuscany, Chile, Australia and South Africa.
Barbara’s Stonestreet Stables raced Horses of the Year & Racing Hall of Fame inductees Curlin and Rachel Alexandra, homebred Eclipse Award Winner My Miss Aurelia, and the Cartier 2016 two-year-old filly of the year, Lady Aurelia. A leading commercial breeding operation, Stonestreet Farm has bred and raised the winners of 46 Graded Stakes since its inception in 2005.
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