Dr. Jim Grady has worn many hats.

Born in Riverside, Grady graduated from Notre Dame and University of California, Irvine, medical school. He’s a husband, a father and a grandfather. He has practiced family medicine in Lodi for more than 40 years. He’s farmed wine grapes for 20 years, and even found time to coach the St. Mary’s High girls’ basketball team for 10 years.

Grady has led an interesting life with plenty of variety.

Now semi-retired, he wears his winegrower’s hat more often. And it seems to fit him well.

Grady, 70, owns 99 acres of wine grapes that are certified sustainable on two parcels in Lodi’s west side. Jim’s son, Jim Grady III, manages the vineyards. Most of the fruit goes to other wineries. But the portions Grady keeps go to his label, Grady Family Vineyards.

“I started out making homemade wines,” said Grady, whose Rams won a state title in 2000. “We crushed on the side of the house into a picking bin and fermented it and it turned out well. So, I figured it wasn’t the winemaker because I didn’t know what I was doing. It had to be the grapes that my son was providing.”

Grady’s grape odyssey began in 1998, when he purchased a 53-acre vineyard just off Harney Lane east of Davis Road. Later, a 46-acre plot was added, giving the family enough acreage to allow Jim Grady III to farm for his father full-time.

In 2006, Grady Family Vineyards hit shelves and the current lineup includes estate-grown Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, Pinot Noir, Pinot Noir Rosè and Pinot Grigio, and Chardonnay from sourced fruit. Grady vinified several vintages at Estate Crush and more recently at Van Ruiten Family Winery. His wines are distributed to Chicago and the northeast and are available locally at select grocery stores and Woodbridge Uncorked on Woodbridge Road in Lodi.

The Pinot Noir ($20), made from 300 head-trained, own-rooted vines from a French clone on the Harney Lane ranch, has won a gold medal and several silver medals at the Pinot Shootout and silver medals at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. Grady recently tasted the 2016 vintage, which was made at Estate Crush, and said it was like drinking cherries.

“It’s absolutely fantastic,” he said. “I like the wines and it’s really fun. I especially like making the Pinot Noir. It’s such an unusual variety for Lodi, yet we make a really good Pinot Noir. I’ve had other Pinot Noirs and they don’t taste like what ours tastes like.”

Grady’s labels pay homage to his ancestral homeland, Ireland, which he and his wife, Beth, visited for the first time in August. Kelly green and gold and a London cab adorned with a shamrock grace Grady Family Vineyards’ Fine Irish Cab ($18). The White Cliffs of Dover and a farmhouse set amidst Ireland’s lush countryside comprise the label on Grady’s Pinot Grigio ($17).

“We tried to figure out what to do for a label and we thought about it,” Grady said. “I’m a Notre Dame graduate, I have an Irish last name, and there’s nobody out there doing an Irish-theme label. So, we decided we’ll do an Irish-theme label.”

Grady Family Vineyards will host its annual St. Patrick’s Day party from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday at Woodbridge Uncorked with music by Cooking with Turf. Information: Woodbridge Uncorked at (209) 333-8463.

If planning an Irish feast on St. Patrick’s Day, Grady said his Fine Irish Cab and estate-grown Cabernet Sauvignon ($20) pairs with Irish Beef Stew, his Pinot Noir with Irish Lamb Stew and his Celtic Chardonnay ($17) with fish dishes.

Contact Bob Highfill, marketing and communications manager with the Lodi Winegrape Commission, at bob@lodiwine. Follow him on Twitter @bohighfill and @lodi_wine.