Theodora Lee is a trial lawyer and a winemaker and owner of Theopolis Vineyards in Mendocino County in Northern California. Lee first discovered Northern California’s wine country when she was a young associate at Littler Mendelson law firm. She waited almost 20 years before she was able to buy 20 acres of land in the wine country. It took her 2 years to clear the land and start growing petit sirah and symphony varietals. Lee has won awards for her wine from Sunset magazine.

In this interview we talk with Lee about wine, wine-making in Mendocino County and how she came to follow the footsteps of her grandfather, who was a sharecropper in Texas. When she bought the land her goal was not be a winemaker, but be a farmer. Destiny had something else in store for her and she ended up becoming a winemaker.

Lee is a partner at Littler Mendelson and lives in the East Bay.

This interview aired on TV in San Francisco Bay area.