Dr. Tom McKenzie, Les McKenzie, & Scott Mckenzie, McKenzie Vineyards & Winery

Photo: Aly Montez

What do you most admire in the world of Lodi wine, and why?
All the hard working local growers, who grow premium wine grapes and are often overlooked.  Coming from a farming family with over 100 years of tradition and experience, we know it’s a thankless job.  Quality wines begin in the vineyard! -Scott

How’d you get started?
In 2010, my brother Tom and I, decided to get into commercial wine making at Estate Crush. Since we produce and sell 1600-1800 tons of grapes annually, we thought “why not crush some grapes for a family label”. For guidance, we hired Matt Ridge to be our wine consultant and Jon Wetmore to be our vineyard manager. -Leslie

What’s your winemaking style?
We select our best, most interesting grapes from the vineyards and carefully choose the appropriate barreling and aging process. And practice patience in the process! – Tom

Do you have a favorite wine you’ve made?
I have three favorites: 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, 2015 Chardonnay, and 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon—all vintages sustainably grown and certified by Lodi Rules. -Leslie

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