Kandice Jessup Bio
KANDICE JESSUP GREW UP IN NAPA VALLEY AND LEARNED TO LOVE WINE COUNTRY AT AN EARLY AGE. A first job at a local restaurant gave her an early glimpse of the business of wine and she resolved to make it a part of her life. She completed studies in pre-veterinarian microbiology in 1998, earning a BS in Biology at California State University, Sacramento. Soon after, Kandice realized her early love of wine remained strong and knew her destiny was in a wine cellar, not a dairy barn. In 2003, she moved back to Napa Valley and focused on sales and marketing positions in the wine industry.
AN EXPERIENCED WINE SALES REPRESENTATIVE, SALES AND MARKETING DIRECTOR, AND WINE HOSPITALITY MANAGER, Kandice is highly skilled in creating and managing consumer direct programs such as wine clubs and preferential relationship programs.
SHE IS A FOUNDER AND CO-OWNER OF J GREGORY AND SHARES A UNIQUE PARTNERSHIP WITH HER HUSBAND and partner, winemaker Mark Jessup. Kandice participates in all decisions involving production of the J Gregory wines, from vineyard sourcing to sales of finished bottles. Her experience as a marketing and sales specialist provides just the right balance to Mark’s expert winemaking.