Kendall-Jackson to Host Kentucky Derby Party in Santa Rosa

Derby Day festivities include a large-screen viewing of Kentucky Derby races, fashion contests, Southern food, mint juleps and wine, of course.

Kendall-Jackson will host a gala Kentucky Derby party from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. May 7 at the Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate & Gardens to benefit Sonoma County’s Meals on Wheels program operated by the Council on Aging.

Derby Day festivities include a large-screen viewing of Kentucky Derby races, on-the-spot betting, fashion contests and an onsite milliner creating unique hats. There also will be Derby-inspired Southern cuisine paired with award-winning Kendall-Jackson wines, including the preferred wine of the Derby, the Kendall-Jacksoun and Kentucky Derby commemorative 2020 chardonnay and 2019 cabernet sauvignon.

There will also be mint juleps showcasing the Straight Bourbon Whiskey of Young & Yonder Spirits, an artisan craft distillery in Healdsburg. Seismic Brewing Company of Sebastopol will pour new-release brews, and local restaurant partners will offer small bites and sweet treats from Ferrero Rocher.

Kendall-Jackson founder Jess Jackson ignited his lifelong dream in 2005, when he and wife Barbara Banke established Stonestreet Farm on premium farmland in the famous Bluegrass hills of Lexington, Kentucky. Stonestreet has since enjoyed racing Thoroughbred horses in the Kentucky Derby; Curlin finished third in 2007 and Good Magic finished second in 2018.

Tickets are $125 per person. To purchase: Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate & Gardens is located at 5007 Fulton Road.

 This article was originally published in The Press Democrat.