02.06.2014  
 

John Parducci dies at 96

John Parducci
 
John Parducci
Known as “Mr. Mendocino” throughout the wine industry, vintner John Parducci, 96, died Tuesday at his home in Ukiah, Calif. Parducci’s father, Adolph Parducci, purchased land in Mendocino County in the late 1920s. The family built a winery after the repeal of Prohibition and sold wine made from their own vineyards. John Parducci helped build the family business and was a pioneer of varietal labeling, offering one of the first Zinfandel-branded wines in 1944. To further expand the business, Parducci and his brother George sold a majority stake of their winery to a Southern California investment group in 1972. It was a decision John Parducci ultimately regretted, as the company pushed him out of the business in the early 1990s. Parducci and his wife Margaret then purchased another winery, McNab Ridge, in Ukiah, Calif., where his grandson Richard Parducci is the winemaker.

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