• Carol Shelton

    Carol Shelton

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Carol Shelton has been Mastering the Zen of Zin since 1978. Focusing mostly on her favorite varietal, Carol is a guru of single vineyard Zinfandel. California has been the home world class Zin for over a century, making it the benchmark varietal of American wine culture. Carol & Mitch Mackenzie, her husband and business partner, have sought out exceptional vineyards throughout California including Dry Creek Valley, Rockpile, Russian River Valley, Mendocino, and the Cucamonga Valley of Southern California. Many of her vineyard sources are organically grown and decades old. She develops close partnerships with each grower to ensure her wines maintain and express the unique terroir of the vineyard.


Each of Carol’s wines receives its own whimsical and memorable name, echoing both her playfulness and love of words. Her Wild Thing label denotes that the wine is produced using the wild yeasts found on organically grown grapes, while Karma Zin represents the happy results of the giving relationship between grower and winemaker. The appellation Cucamonga is merged with the humongous flavor descriptor for the Monga Zin, and Rocky Reserve is Carol’s nickname for the wonderful Reserve Zin she makes from the Rockpile appellation.

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    Taste of Sonoma: Sonoma Wine Country Weekend

    September 2nd & 3rd

    The Green Music Center, Sonoma State University, Santa Rosa, California 

    Nestled in the picturesque foothills of Sonoma County’s esteemed wine country, the Green Music Center at Sonoma State University offers an exciting new location for an event where Sonoma County’s top winemakers, growers and chefs come together to celebrate the region’s finest wine and food.

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    Get Wild with Us!

    Carol's Wild Thing Old Vine Zinfandel has morphed into a family of Wild Things. Made in a wildly fermented style and free spirit, Carol has added Wild Thing Chardonnay, Wild Thing Rendezvous Rosé and a late harvest Zinfandel named Wild Thing Black Magic to the family. All unique in their own way, our Wild Things are packaged with a screw cap enclosure so that the bottle is as friendly as the wine. Even though they are wild, they don't bite!

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