K-J Introduces: Tucker Taylor, Culinary Gardener

Meet  our  new  Culinary  Gardener,  Tucker  Taylor.

We’re so excited to have Tucker here at K-J, rejuvenating the winery’s sensory and culinary gardens at our Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate & Gardens in Santa Rosa, California.

His attention to detail and holistic approach will provide an immense range of exceptional specialty herbs, vegetables, fruits and edible flowers for the culinary program led by executive chef Justin Wangler. Their culinary partnership will include an ongoing exploration of innovative wine and food pairings at Partake by K-J, Kendall-Jackson’s new eatery and tasting lounge in downtown Healdsburg featuring a menu driven by the winery’s gardens. Chef Justin said, “We are excited to collaborate with someone who has such passion for growing honest, amazing flavors in the garden. Tucker brings his vast experience and expertise from one of the world’s most beloved restaurants to Kendall-Jackson. He’ll introduce our culinary team to new plants and new possibilities that will enhance the quality and consistency in our culinary creations.”

STarts with Soil

Tucker’s vision builds on the winery’s commitment to sustainability as well as the garden’s foundation with an emphasis on increased productivity and plant diversity. A priority is soil building through the use of organic compost, crop rotation and cover crops to ensure healthier soils and promote biodiversity. Additionally, Tucker will narrow plant beds and introduce an intensive hand-tilling program to help yield superior quality produce while growing quantities. A new hoop house in the garden will introduce year-round, fresh produce using a passive heating system which will increase productivity.

Tucker tells us, “When I first saw the K-J gardens, I envisioned a place that truly embraces every aspect of wine country. This will become a beautifully diverse and inviting place where visitors can connect with the source of their food. Guests will learn first-hand how fresh, just-picked ingredients are the beginning of an exceptional dish and how the garden enhances the dining experience.”

Enjoy  the  Space

You will love what Tucker has in mind for the Gardens at the K-J Wine Estate. His new design will invite you to spend more time in the garden, wander the improved walking paths and enjoy the peacefulness with taller perennial borders and water features. He’s even designing a central space for true garden-to-table dining experiences.

The majority of changes at the K-J Wine Estate & Gardens will be in place by Saturday, September 28th in time to celebrate the 17th Annual Kendall-Jackson Tomato Festival, a day of outstanding food, wine and entertainment.


Follow #GrowsWellwithFriends on Twitter & Instagram for tweets about what’s happening in the Gardens, Tucker’s photos and more. Ask us questions along the way! We’d love to answer them.

Twitter: @KJWines
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Tucker’s Instagram: @farmert
Tucker’s Twitter: @farmertucker



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Visit the K-J Wine Estate & Gardens (you may just meet Tucker!)
5007 Fulton Road
Fulton, CA 95439

Visit Partake by K-J
241 Healdsburg Avenue
Healdsburg, CA 95448
(707) 433-6000