Wine and Food Festival, San Diego Bay, Winemaker Darius Miller, Koi Zen Cellars Urban WineryDarius

Koi Zen Cellars Urban Winery

When one door closes, another one usually opens right before your eyes; you just have to look for it. After eighteen years in the high stress tech industry, a major door closed for Darius; then it slammed shut as a health scare shook his family to its core. They now appreciate how fragile life is and how fast life goes by; you never know if you have another day, month, year or decade - you have to follow your dreams.

So his mantra became, “do what you love and make a positive difference in the world;” so Darius followed a very old dream of owning a winery and immersed himself into the world of wine opening up Koi Zen Cellars Urban Winery with his wife Lisa and together they created a social gathering place for people to come “Uncork, Sip Back and Relax”.

As the head winemaker, Darius sources world class grapes grown in Northern and Central Coast CA vineyards and produces the wine locally in San Diego. He specializes in French varietals that are complex but approachable, highly enjoyable and very affordable and always make you feel special. Being a small batch producer of artisian wines @KoiZenCellars, the wines tend to sell out so you better be quick.