Lisa Vanderpump Explains Why Her Son Max Is Missing From Family Photo

The 'Vanderpump Rules' star celebrated a new wine launch with her husband, daughter, and son-in-law.

Ken Todd, Lisa Vanderpump, and daughter Pandora Vanderpump-Sabo attend POP Culture Living presents The Vanderpump Beverly Hills Collection Launch hosted By Lisa Vanderpump on November 6, 2014 in West Hollywood, California.
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The 'Vanderpump Rules' star celebrated a new wine launch with her husband, daughter, and son-in-law.

Lisa Vanderpump says her son Max is missing from a recent photo of her family because he is working with special needs children in Idaho amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The Vanderpump Rules star shared the news in the comments to a new post to her Instagram page in which she announced the launch of her Vanderpump Sonoma Coast Estate Chardonnay and Vanderpump Sonoma County Cabernet wines. In the photo posted to her social media page, Lisa is seen posing with her husband, Ken Todd, daughter Pandora Vanderpump Sabo, and son-in-law Jason Sabo in an outdoor setting. The gorgeous family photo shows the smiling foursome under a chandelier-clad tree as they raise a glass to their “virtual” wine launch.

In the caption to the photo, Lisa explained that the new wine selections have been years in the making and that while a traditional launch can’t happen right now due to the health pandemic, the wines are available online. The Bravo veteran noted that her family has “deep roots in California” and that they always knew they wanted to expand their wine business to include vintages made in their home state’s vineyards.

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As you may have seen on @VanderpumpWines, our family has been working diligently on a project for the past few years that is very close to our hearts, and we have finally announced our Vanderpump Sonoma Coast Estate Chardonnay and Vanderpump Sonoma County Cabernet! These wines have been years in the making and are finally ready, and even though we can’t do a traditional launch right now, given the difficult times, we are very proud and excited to bring them to you online. So many people have worked on these with us, and work for our wines around the country, so we are grateful to be able to announce them (and so many of you have been tagging us in your rosé photos at home, so i hope you are happy to have some new wines to try as you’re staying home and safe!) Our family has deep roots in California – it’s where we call home – and we always knew that we wanted to expand our winemaking efforts to include wines made in the beautiful vineyards of our home state. Read more about them at and JOIN @pandoravt AND ME for a special FREE VIRTUAL TASTING and Happy Hour on MAY 9th for Mother’s Weekend! Come hang out with us, drink some wine and ask us questions- hopefully we can make your time at home a bit more enjoyable! The link to sign up for our tasting is in my bio ! #VanderpumpWines #VanderpumpCabernet #VanderpumpChardonnay #VanderpumpRosé ???? by @betsnewman

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In comments to the post, fans congratulated Lisa on the new additions to her popular wine line. But several others questioned why her son Max wasn’t in the photo.

“Family photo isn’t complete without Max,” one commenter wrote.

“Where is Max?” another asked.

While several other users pointed out that Vanderpump Wines is Pandora and her husband’s company, and that the photo is intended to be part of a business venture launch and not a family reunion, Lisa did chime in to explain her son’s absence.

“Max is working with children who have special needs in Idaho…staying safe too,” Lisa wrote.

In a separate response, Lisa revealed that Max “wanted to leave LA during crisis” so he could help others amid the coronavirus health pandemic.

Fans of Lisa’s former show, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, may recall that Max has ties to Idaho. In an early episode of the Bravo reality show, it was revealed that Lisa and Ken sent their son to high school in Idaho because he was not thriving at his school in Beverly Hills. Fans know that Max has a love for music and was seen touring the Musicians Institute College of Contemporary Music in Hollywood during an episode of RHOBH. He has also worked at his parents’ Beverly Hills restaurant, SUR, which is featured on Vanderpump Rules.

With her kids now grown, Lisa has been in quarantine-mode for weeks with her husband of 37 years. Last week, the Bravo star shared a hilarious cooking video which showed her preparing breakfast burritos while Ken snored in a chair nearby.