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meet the winemaker
Dr. Grover C. Lee - Winemaker & Winery Owner
Dr. Grover Lee grew up in the central valley of California with thousands of acres of grape vineyards surrounding his modest home. Throughout his high school years working in vineyards and testing labs he gained an appreciation of viticulture and enology.
At Cal Poly S.L.O., this interest in wine making expanded as he received a BS in Biological Science with minors in Chemistry and Biochemistry and one year in a Master’s program in Biochemistry.
On to the University of the Pacific where he entered as a PhD candidate in Biochemistry but decided to double major in the PhD Biochemistry and Doctorate in Clinical Pharmacy programs. Dr. Lee completed all of his course work in Biochemistry but ended with a Doctorate in Clinical Pharmacy. Dr. Lee continued his education with a Medical School Board Certification in Managed Care Medicine.
Dr. Lee started making his own wine in the early nineties at a local winery. He read many technical books. He also took extension courses from U.C. Davis in Viticulture & Enology. His quest to learn included reading most fo the text books used in Viticulture & Enology Departments at U.C. Davis. With a base in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Microbiology, and much more, his technical knowledge of winemaking provided a solid foundation.
Traveling extensively throughout Europe and taking copious notes about winemaking techniques as he talked with winemakers was an epihpany of life and change how Dr. Lee looked at the art and science of winemaking. By applying a rigorous scientific approach to wine making, the best of classic wine making was utilized when it met the rigors of science. The appreciation of European wine making and the importance of food and wine has shaped his winemaking style to this day.