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We make unapologetic, site-specific wines that represent the land they come from. But at the end of the day, wine is best shared over a good meal with those you love. We just want you to have as much fun enjoying our wines as we do making them.

When it comes to wine, I’m more interested in the source than simply the end of the line. My passion for wine stems from the vine itself, the earth it comes from, and the fruit it produces. I’m lucky to be able to work with the Grand Crus of California’s Central Coast, all within a stone’s throw of my home in Santa Ynez. I pick at optimal ripeness and hand sort the fruit. I don’t muddy up the fruit with additives, colorings, or general bullshit. Small lot, whole cluster fermentation, co-ferments, and finding the proper balance of oak and time are part of the formula. The other part? Passion, love, authenticity, and the pursuit of the impossible—perfection.

Michael Zinke

—Michael Zinke

Our Vineyards

We don’t call these the Grand Crus of the Central Coast lightly. These vineyards are hands down the best sites, manned by the best growers, for the varietals we make.

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Our Team

Michael Zinke

Born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Owner and Winemaker Michael Zinke grew up fly fishing, camping, and working on the family’s cattle ranch in Osage County. It was there that he developed his love affair with the land, it’s bounty, and working with his hands. After graduating from Le Cordon Bleu, Michael moved to Santa Ynez to pursue his passion in winemaking. Michael founded Zinke Wine Co. in 2012. He currently lives in Santa Ynez with his wife Jacqueline, his Yellow Lab Bub, and her dog Mac.

Erin Scherer

Erin has been with Zinke since 2015 and while she has had only the one job title, she has taken on literally every job imaginable. The resident ginger and a business owner herself, Erin takes on every challenge head-on and has no comprehension of the word “quit.” In the understatement of the century, Erin is an avid Denver Bronco’s fan and her favorite wines are any vintage of Rosé and the 2014 Central Coast Grenache.

Elena Altamirano

A Santa Ynez native, Elena runs our tasting room from top to bottom and is the smile that greets you when you walk through our doors. She knows our wines inside and out and makes every visit to the tasting room a memorable one. She currently has zero negative Yelp reviews, has never seen a single episode of Seinfeld, and her favorite wines are the 2016 Rosé and the 2014 Jack McGinley Syrah.

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