Julia Jackson: Wine Expert and Philanthropist

Julia Jackson is the middle child of wine giants Jess Jackson and Barbara Banks. Born in 1988 in San Francisco, Julia Jackson grew up around wine and was helping in the vineyard’s fields from a young age. As a child she was helping sort through grapes with her parents. It was while helping her parents in the field that she befriended a worker’s daughter, who was French. This helped instill a great love for France in Julia Jackson. This friendship also enabled her to spend a summer in Bordeaux, which encouraged her love of the culture and language.

Her fluency in the language opened up opportunities for Julia Jackson to teach French in an intermediate school while in college. Then, after graduating from Scripps College with her Bachelors’ of Arts in Studio Art, Julia Jackson traveled back to Bordeaux and spent time there in a business capacity. She learned French (and international) wine sales and marketing, she furthered her fluency in the language, and she spent time at her family’s French-owned winery where she helped to work during the harvest.

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Growing up around wine and working for her family has given Julia the unique opportunity to spend her whole life becoming an expert on the topic. She recently voiced her opinion that although Sonoma is typically known for its Pinot Noir and Cabernet, after a recent tasting she believes it is the best place for Cabernet, as well. Her family also is owner of the Spire Collection, which includes the best wineries in Sonoma and Napa, as well as Tuscany and Julia’s beloved Bordeaux.

Julia has set herself apart as a philanthropist. She is founder of Cambria Seeds of Empowerment, which is a nonprofit set up to empower and celebrate warrior women in local communities.