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Charlie Gessell for The Wall Street Journal NORTHBOUND | Barbara Banke's expansion plans include major buys in Oregon.

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MANY WINERY OWNERS have made large fortunes, but few could be called larger than life. The late Jess Jackson earned both the characterization and the billions thanks to his business acumen and his unique personal style. He amassed tens of thousands of acres in five countries, raced some of the most famous thoroughbreds in modern history and created Kendall-Jackson Chardonnay—a wine so successful it's not just a brand, it's a wine archetype.

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I first met Mr. Jackson and his wife, Barbara Banke, almost six years ago. Mr. Jackson had stipulated that our meeting should take place at their farm in Kentucky. At the time, Mr. Jackson was nearly as focused on racing as he was on wine. He'd bought a large stable in Lexington and named it "Stonestreet"—the same name as his winery in the northern Alexander Valley of Sonoma County, Calif. (Stonestreet was Mr. Jackson's middle name as well.) The year of our meeting was particularly propitious for Stonestreet stables; their star horse Curlin won the Preakness and the Jockey Gold Cup, and was named the 2007 Horse of the Year.

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Spring is a transitional season for wines. In the end, weight, not color, is the crucial factor in selecting bottles. Below are 20 great spring wines for $20 each, presented in no particular order.

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Dr. Bürklin-Wolf Pfalz Bürklin Estate Riesling Trocken 2011 If you’ve ever wondered what the wine description “mineral” implies, try this dry riesling. It is pure mineral, rich but not heavy, tangy and textured. Dr. Bürklin-Wolf has been making excellent dry rieslings for years. The Bürklin Estate is its entry-level wine, offering a delicious taste of the depth and complexity of the more expensive single-vineyard wines.

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The no-dosage method of making sparkling wine is a difficult balancing act. In ordinary sparkling wine, a sweet solution, or dosage, is added at the end of the production process to offset the acidity of the wine. Omitting it can sometimes produce a harshly austere wine, but when done properly the wine can be exceptionally pure and precise. This is a superb no-dosage sparkling wine, made entirely of chardonnay by a tiny estate in the Mâconnais. It’s creamy yet light, dry, straightforward and graceful.

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Fancy having Brangelina, Drew Barrymore and Dan Aykroyd over for dinner? No problem, they'll even bring the wine.

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OK, maybe the stars themselves won't show up, but their wines will appear with just a wave of a credit card. You might start with an aperitif of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's new Miraval rose, move on to a light pasta dish served with Barrymore Wine's pinot grigio, then perhaps finish up with a glass of Aykroyd's cabernet franc ice wine for dessert.

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It's hard to put a number on celebrity wines, a category that includes singers, sports stars, chefs and more. But Danny Brager, vice president for alcoholic beverages at market research firm Nielsen, says there's close to 100 on the market at the moment.

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Pictured above is Bocelli Family Wines overlooking the vineyards in Lajatico, Tuscany, Italy. Renowned tenor Andrea Bocelli of Bocelli Family Wines, put a new twist on the celebrity wine connection. Born into an Italian winemaking family, Bocelli pursued a singing career and has since returned to his roots helping promote the family wines.

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OK, maybe the stars themselves won't show up, but their wines will appear with just a wave of a credit card. You might start with an aperitif of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's new Miraval rose, move on to a light pasta dish served with Barrymore Wine's pinot grigio, then perhaps finish up with a glass of Aykroyd's cabernet franc ice wine for dessert.

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It's hard to put a number on celebrity wines, a category that includes singers, sports stars, chefs and more. But Danny Brager, vice president for alcoholic beverages at market research firm Nielsen, says there's close to 100 on the market at the moment. “It keeps growing all the time,” he said.

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Prices are approximate. Check Winesearcher.com to verify availability, or ask a favorite wine store to order through a distributor.

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Here’s this month’s selection of wines, priced from $9 to $16, that over-perform in value for their very reasonable price. They include a delightful white and two rosés that will help you welcome the warm weather of spring.

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