A Central Valley
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.
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,
and the PrestonWine Team