The McCormack family has been farming in the Sacramento Delta area for five generations. But it wasn’t until fourth generation, Tom McCormack, started planting vineyards in the late 1990’s that they got into the grape business. With over 600 acres of vineyards and 17 different varietals, the Dancing Coyote brand was born soon after. In 2010, they bought a winery facility in the Lodi area which was originally built in 1868 as a granary. That is where they make wine and have a tasting room.

With all estate grown grapes, their focus has been on more unusual varieties for the area, such as Albariño, Grüner Veltliner, Falanghina and Cortese, as well as the flagship varieties of their appellation (Clarksburg) Chenin Blanc and Petite Sirah. But they didn’t stop there. Recently, they launched a new line of natural wines, under the label, Lost Slough (pronounced slew). These are wines made with wild fermentation, minimal to no intervention or filtration. Relying on the native yeast and naturally occurring microbes, these authentic, living wines yield more complex and richer flavors unique to their vineyard (which is nestled up against a waterway known as Lost Slough, off the Sacramento River).

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