Mark Chandler bids farewell to Lodi Winegrape Commission
Mark Chandler, left, shakes hands with Jim Moore during a
farewell event for Chandler at Wine & Roses Hotel and Spa on
Friday, Jan. 13, 2012. Chandler, the former head of the Wine Grape
Commission, is leaving the commission to become a wine
- More about Mark Chandler
Chandler grew up in Visalia in a family of farmers. His family
grew grapes, citrus and tree fruits. He said wine was always on the
table during dinner, and it was because of that that he became
interested in wine culture and business.
Chandler attended California Polytechnic State University, San
Luis Obispo, where he earned a degree in agricultural business.
During college, he worked as a waiter and sold wine at the
restaurant Overland Stage Company in Atascadero.
Chandler and his wife are avid cyclers. During the fall, they
traveled to Italy with some of Chandler's wife's family. To train
for their trips, the Chandlers ride their bikes in the hills near
Buena Vista, which is just south of Ione.
Chandler's favorite wine is zinfandel. "Thank goodness it is,
since we make so well here," he said.
Posted: Saturday, January 14, 2012 12:00 am
Most would assume that the departure of the 20-year leader of a
group would be tough, but for those on the Lodi Winegrape
Commission, it is a bittersweet farewell.
Former executive director Mark Chandler, 58, gave his final
goodbyes to the commission and those in the wine community Friday
night at his sign-off at the Wine & Roses Hotel and Spa.
Saturday, January 14, 2012 12:00 am.