Michael David Winery

Michael David Winery
4580 W Hwy 12
Lodi, CA  95242

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Tasting Room Open Daily 10-5

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What to Buy

’13 7 Deadly Zins
Crushed berries, oak, spice $16

’14 Petite Petit
cense, blueberry liqueur, blackberries $18

’13 Freakshow Cab
Black and red currants, licorice $20

Special Notes

Café, outside tasting, pondside seating, gardens, bocce courts, snacks available, sustainable farming practices


Named for brothers Michael and David Phillips, who represent the fifth generation of the Lodi grape growing Phillips family, Michael David Winery has a knack for producing premium quality wines with eye-catching labels. With 800-plus vineyard acres and more than 30 years of experience making wine, Michael David is considered one of the nation’s fastest-growing wineries.

The Phillips’ say they owe their success to many things. In the vineyard, they farm with future generations in mind, diligently applying progressive sustainable farming practices. In the winery, the dynamic winemaking team crafts an exciting portfolio of wines. Perhaps the most quickly recognizable in the lineup is the iconic 7 Deadly Zins, a sinful blend of Zinfandel from seven of Lodi’s best Old Vine Zinfandel vineyards. Other fruit-driven wines, such as Petite Petit, a non-traditional blend of Petite Sirah and Petit Verdot, and Sixth Sense Syrah, produced from one of California’s oldest Syrah vineyards, have also developed quite a following. Several impressive reserve, small-lot varietal, and appellation-designate Zinfandels round out the list.

Recently, the winery introduced an additional label: the namesake Michael David Winery label, dedicated to the members of the family’s sixth generation, many of whom are involved with the winery’s day-to-day operations. For example, Michael’s son Kevin Phillips is the winery’s vice president of operations and his youngest daughter Melissa Phillips Stroud works as vice president of sales and marketing. The Michael David label, available in all major US markets, Canada, and Sweden, embraces the Phillips family’s six-generation history in the Lodi area.

Even the winery building itself pays homage to the Phillips legacy. It was built in 1976 around the family’s original roadside fruit stand. Today, it also features a café serving farm-style breakfasts and lunch, a bakery with famous pies and gourmet cookies, and a tasting room where Michael David wines are proudly poured.


For more information, please visit michaeldavidwinery.com.



T&T: Your family’s signature wines are known for their fun names, intriguing labels, and premium flavors. What do you strive for with these wines?

KP:We made a conscious decision a long time ago that as an unknown/upstart appellation and winery, we were going to need more than good wine to create sales. We wanted to pull everything together with recognizable labels/brands that grabbed attention and created a lasting memory in a way that’s tied to an actual story and very good wine at a good price point. We are accomplishing this on all fronts and constantly striving to improve on every aspect.

T&T: You also produce wines dedicated to your generation, the family’s sixth generation of Lodi grape growers, under the Michael David Winery label. Would you please tell us about them?

KP: As our winery gained traction and recognition as a standalone winery and not just a few clever brands, we wanted to develop a label that had a direct tie in to Michael David Winery that was devoted to our lasting commitment to this business. In this world of ever-evolving mergers, buyouts, and acquisitions, this brand is meant to show the staying power of our family winery. It is also on track to become an estate brand within the next two to three years.

T&T: What should the Lodi Rules for Sustainable Winegrowing program mean to our readers?

KP: They probably know little about it right now, but it’s my goal to change that. It’s a great program, vetted by a diverse board of scientists, agriculture specialists, educators, and environmentalists. It is also the first third-party certified sustainable grape growing program in the United States. After participating in this program myself, I realized how it vastly improved my agriculture practices, environmental awareness, and quality growing efficiency. I was so impressed with the program I proceeded to institute the first voluntary participation bonus for all of our growers. I encourage your readers to research Lodi Rules. They’ll find it’s a program that embraces and enforces the three Es of sustainability: environmentally sound, economically feasible, and socially equitable. When you see the Lodi Rules seal on the back of a bottle you are supporting a legitimate and worthwhile program!


Tasting Room: Yes

Complimentary Tastings: No

Tastings — By Appointment Only: No

Tours: No

Tours — By Appointment Only: No

Private Tours: No

VIP & Educational Experiences: No

Exceptional Views: No

Club Member Lounge: No

Restaurant / Deli: Yes

Food / Wine Pairings: No

Gift Shop: No

Wedding Facilities: No

Event Facilities: No

Corp. Meetings: No

Guest House on Premises: No

Lawn Games: Yes

Family Friendly: No

Pet Friendly: No

Family Owned and Operated: No

Wine Cave: No

Art/Architectural Interest: No

Sustainable Practices: No



Michael David Spicy Chile Grilled Chicken

Brining poultry produces moist meat. This grilled chicken is so simple, but will earn you many compliments!