Behind the Wine


In 2004, Ken and Angela Lineberger founded our original winery in Rancho Cucamonga under the name “The Wine Tailor” as an urban winery. The historical site was located in California’s oldest commercial winery, built in 1839. The business evolved from being an award-winning winery to being a winery during the day, and a wine bar in the evening. We expanded the business by appealing to a wider audience by creating a more flexible model. We also added weekend entertainment and paired our wines with light food and appetizers.

In 2012, Waters Edge Wineries was created to focus on a single brand name. Our philosophy is focused on helping people learn about the amazing world of wine and remove the barriers that keep people from enjoying wine on a regular basis. Ken is the President of Waters Edge Wineries and is personally involved in each new location to help ensure our success as we grow. Angela is the franchise liaison to help uphold the standards of excellence that make us successful.

“We believe that our success is the sum total of our franchisee’s success. We are fully committed to helping our winery owners become as successful as possible!”

Meet The Team

President

After spending nearly 20 years in sales and marketing with a large software company, Ken co-founded The Wine Tailor in Rancho Cucamonga along with his wife Angela in 2004. He saw an opportunity to take the best of what he had experienced in the corporate world to a small business model. He envisioned building a template that could be replicated in other venues across the United States.

With the model perfected, Ken created Waters Edge Wineries as the franchise brand in 2012 and began selling winery franchises nationwide. He heads up our sales efforts to help bring the right people into our system and the visionary to grow our model significantly over the next several years.

Ken grew up in Orange County, California and graduated from Chapman University in 1987 with a degree in Computer Information Systems and Business Administration. He has served on the Board of Directors for Foothill Family Shelter and also served on the Board of Governors at Chapman. Ken has been married to Angela for almost 25 years and they have one daughter. He enjoys wine (you’re not surprised, are you?), spending time with his family, and flying airplanes. He and Angela have 3 dogs of their own, plus they foster homeless dogs for a local rescue group.

Early in his sales career he adopted a saying from Zig Ziglar – “You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help enough other people get what they want.” This has been the way he’s built the business from the ground up – with guests, employees, and ultimately, with his franchisees.

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Phone: 909-468-9463 ext 704

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Franchise Liaison

Angela LinebergerAngela created the model for guest service at our winery. She is relentless on making sure that every guests’ experience is as flawless as possible – and when it isn’t we do all we can to make up for it. She helped manage and operate the front end of The Wine Tailor. Angela is currently the main contact once someone joins The Waters Edge family to help them manage their opening checklist, solve issues during the opening process, and also manages all the ordering of product for our wineries.

Angela grew up (mostly) in Round Rock, Texas and then moved to California in 1990 where she met Ken. She graduated from the University of LaVerne in 1998. Before founding The Wine Tailor, she acquired her Broker license and became a partner in a property management business. Angela managed over 200 residential properties. This experience gave her the skills to help successfully manage business relationships and provide outstanding customer service that exceeds expectations.

Angela is an avid scrapbooking fan and loves to spend time at home with her rescue dogs and her family – and yes, in that order of preference!

Phone: 909-468-9463 ext 702

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Director of Operations

Mark MitzenmacherMark has decades of experience managing small and medium size businesses. He founded his own silkscreen and embroidery company as well as working for his family’s grocery business. Mark’s role at Waters Edge Wineries is to oversee the site selection, lease negotiations and assist with the permit process to get the winery constructed as efficiently as possible. Mark also oversees our winemaking operations and inventory management at our headquarters location.

Mark grew up in the Inland Empire and he is well known in many of the local charity and business circles. Mark loves our LA sports teams, including the Dodgers and the Kings as well as his favorite university – USC. He has 3 daughters and 1 son as well as a new grandson.

Phone: 909-468-9463 ext 703

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Cellar Master

Matt WentworthMatt graduated from Collins College at Cal Poly Pomona with a degree in Hospitality Management. He has a passion for customer service, and helping people succeed. Matt joined us at The Wine Tailor in 2008 – originally working behind the bar and ultimately working his way up to wine production. In 2013 he was promoted to Head Winemaker and ultimately promoted to Cellar Master. Matt oversees all winemaking at our production facility, as well as winemaking training and standards for our winery locations.

Matt grew up in the area. He has achieved a Sommelier Certification and participates in the annual wine judging contest for one of the most prestigious wine competitions in the world: The Los Angeles International Wine And Spirits Competition. He loves cooking, old movies and remembering irrelevant trivia.

Phone: 909-468-9463 ext 705

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Winery Assistant

Barbie OliveraBarbie Olivera has been in the wine industry since 2012 and is currently going to WSA/NASA in Beverly Hills also known as, “The World Wide Sommelier Association/North American Sommelier Association”. Barbie was an assistant manager at the Waters Edge original franchise location and joined our winemaking team early in 2016.

She has a strong desire to grow her own vineyard someday and open up a winery of her own! Barbie not only helps Waters Edge Wineries’ Cellar Master Matt Wentworth with the production of the wine but also produces wine herself! She dreams of creating her own label one day.