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Abundance Vineyards

Our Family 


 

 

Dino Mencarini

Founder

Dino was born into a Lodi farming family and began raising row crops, such as tomatoes and beets, at a young age. The knowledge and experience he gained during those early years earned him an invitation to be a grape buyer for Benzinger Winery. After nine years of plying his trade at Benzinger Winery, Dino moved to Fetzer Winery in 1993, where he established a quality grape supply for the winery from all across the state. In 2002, Dino partnered with Abundance Winery in Sonoma, California, but a year later, Dino chose to pursue his dream of creating wines using the grapes from his own vineyards, so he bought out the partnership with Abundance and moved the winery to his hometown, Lodi. After developing the Abundance brand for eight years, Dino opened the current Abudance Vineyards tasting room in 2007.


Cara Slater

General Manager

Cara Slater began her career at Abundance Vineyards back in 2012. Wine is Cara’s passion and she is currently working to obtain her certificate in Wine Business Management from Sonoma State University. There are many things Cara loves about Abundance Vineyards, but her favorite is the people. When you walk into Abundance, it feels like you’re at home. All of the staff members are extremely friendly and knowledgeable, and when you walk through those doors, you are treated like family, which is important to her. Cara is married to her wonderful husband, Andy, with whom she has a beautiful two-year-old son named Troy. When not at work, Cara is usually spending time with her family, wine tasting, hiking, and enjoying the outdoors.

 


Anisa Keyser

Tasting Room Manager

Anisa Keyser joined the Abundance Family in October of 2014. She started out as a Tasting Room Specialist and since then been promoted to Tasting Room Manager. She also works as a care taker part-time and plans to finish up school to become a nurse. Anisa is 22, newly engaged, and a mother to a wonderful four-year-old little girl. On her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, and taking road trips. She loves working at Abundance and feeling like she is a part of a second family, while getting to meet new people each and every day.


Miguel Segovia

Tasting Room Specialist

Miguel Segovia recently joined the Abundance family and has loved every single day. He believes that wine only brings out the good side out of people, as he has never seen anyone show up to a winery upset. Outside of wine, his interests include food, traveling, bowling, electronics, and sports.


Megan Slater

Tasting Room Specialist

Megan Slater joined the Abundance family in 2014 and has been a tasting room specialist in the Lodi wine region for over three years. Beyond wine, Megan's other passion is music. She graduated from UC Santa Barbara in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in Music with a Clarinet Performance emphasis and from received her teaching credential in music from Sacramento State in 2015. 

Megan resides in Sacramento and works as an elementary classroom music teacher for Twin Rivers Unified School District. She teaches music across four schools and has over 800 students! Recently married in July 2015, Megan enjoys traveling in her spare time. Megan loves working at Abundance for all the relationships she has made through meeting the countless visitors in the tasting room, and for the abundance of life and energy the winery has to offer to its patrons.

 

Mia King

Tasting Room Specialist

 Mia has been part of the Abundance family since July of 2015. She grew up playing a variety of sports, and was an All American at Delta College for softball. She now coaches softball and tennis at Mcnair Highschool in Stockton, CA. She is currently going back to school to finish her degree and is engaged to be married in November of 2016. Mia enjoys live music, outdoor activities, and of course, a nice glass of wine!