March 7, 2016
A Central Valley character passes...

Don Reynolds passed away 2016-03-07Longtime Home Winemakers in the Ottawa area may recall buying grapes in the past from the M&R Packaging Company located in Lodi, California.  Don Reynolds, the 87-year-old owner of the business, passed away on March 7, 2016. (photo courtesy of Central Valley Business Journal © 2016)



Labels such as M&R 4 Aces (Hard to Beat) and O Sole Mio had big distribution here in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s.


The brand locally declined in recent years because M&R had its own winery - OAK RIDGE - to supply and they also started packing and shipping cherries, asparagus, squash and peppers.  

I remember visiting Don a few times in Lodi over the years and getting an all-day session with his winemaker at OAK RIDGE Winery. This is a huge facility and much of what they did had little physical relevance to one’s basement or garage.  The basics, however, were all the same, and they were very gracious with their time.

More news to come....

In Vino Veritas,

Mac MacDonald
and the PrestonWine Team

(updated 2016-04-16)

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