The Annual “Top 100 Most Influential People in the U.S. Wine Industry” – 2012

59- Mark Chandler:
Though he retired from his position as Executive Director of the Lodi-Woodbridge Wine Commission in November, 2011, Chandlers’ influence on the Lodi wine region has been nothing short of amazing.

He helped create the Lodi Appellation, and under his leadership Lodi wineries grew from 10 to over 80 and have created a new and viable wine destination, thereby creating a tourism economy for a region pretty much in need of anything.

He was named Sunset Magazine’s Wine Professional of the Year, and is past president of the Society of Wine Educators. He continues as a wine judge, and frequent speaker at wine venues around the country.