Industry Vet Mark Chandler Opens Business, Announces First Client

Lodi, CA – (January 23, 2012) Mark Chandler, wine industry veteran known for his 20 years at the helm of the Lodi Winegrape Commission, has launched Chandler & Company, a wine and food-related marketing and management firm based in Lodi.

“I see so many opportunities in today’s market” explains Chandler, “I had to make the leap into the private sector. We will offer brand development services to wineries, food producers and regional associations throughout North America. Another effort will be export market expansion, particularly Hong Kong and China.”

The first winery to sign on to Chandler & Company is Lodi’s McCay Cellars, headed by owner and winemaker Michael McCay. “I know that Mark Chandler is the right person to take my brand to the next level. His experience and market reach are the perfect fit for me and my wines.” McCay produces small lots of vineyard designated, handmade wines including Truluck and Jupiter Zinfandels; Paisley, a blend of Zinfandel and Petite Sirah; a stand-alone Petite Sirah; and a Russian River Zinfandel. The line also includes a delicate rose made from Lodi grown Rhone varieties.

“McCay Cellars is a breakout boutique on the Lodi wine scene” observes Chandler. “Mike was just featured as a ‘winemaker to watch’ in the San Francisco Chronicle. They were intrigued by McCay’s structured, complex wines, derived from traditional winemaking techniques, using native yeast fermentations, all French oak barrels, and extra bottle time before release.” As a result McCay wines have garnered a slew of top awards in major competitions. They are available at Lodi Wine Cellars in downtown Lodi, direct from the winery and are in limited distribution in the Bay Area. Interested wine enthusiasts can also taste McCay Cellars wines at the Zinfandel Advocates and Producers event in San Francisco January 29.

“The future is bright for Chandler and Company and McCay Cellars” offers Chandler. “It is a great beginning for both of us.”

Contact:
Mark Chandler
Chandler and Company
mark@markchandlerwine.com
Phone: 209.481.0848

McCay Cellars contact info:
Mailing address:
4 N. Hutchins St., Lodi CA 95240
Tasting room:
Lodi Wine Cellars, 112 W. Pine St., Lodi
Website: mccaycellars.com;
email: contact@mccaycellars.com
Phone
: 209.642.5756
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