The McPhersons have been a pioneering family in grape growing and wine making in Texas for over 40 years. The family patriarch, Dr. Clinton A. "Doc" McPherson, is one of the "Fathers" of the modern Texas wine industry. In 1976 "Doc," a Chemistry Professor at Texas Tech University, and Bob Reed founded Llano Estacado Winery in Lubbock, one of the first post-Prohibition Texas winery. Today "Doc" remains one of the state's prime grape growers and was the first in Texas to plant Sangiovese in his Sagmor Vineyard. Kim's mother, Clara, while a professor in Texas Tech's Department of Food Science, established the university's Hotel Restaurant Management degree program. His younger brother, Jon, has been a winemaker in the Temecula area near San Diego, California, for over twenty years. Kim graduated from Texas Tech with a degree in Food Science and then completed the enology and viticulture program at the University of California at Davis. He worked in Napa Valley before returning to Lubbock as winemaker for Llano Estacado from 1979 until 1985 and for Cap*Rock Winery from 1990 until 2007, where he also made McPherson Cellars. Kim and Jon have produced wines together in California under several labels including Il Fratello and Cucamonga Cellars.