Co-Owner & Winemaker/General Manager
Mike Sullivan is wine country through and through. He grew up in
the Russian River Valley area and received his degree in
fermentation science at Fresno State. He became passionate about
wine, particularly Pinot Noir, when he tasted great red Burgundies
and later California Pinots.
Mike has crafted exceptional wines on the Sonoma Coast since 1987,
and has a long track record of excellence.
As a winemaker, Mike listens. He listens to the vineyards; he
listens to what the grapes are saying; he listens to nature
unfolding each year, and he listens to the wine during
fermentation. He listens to what is needed and strives to make the
wine his senses tell him is there. He does not follow a standard
recipe for each wine, but instead really listens -- and most
importantly, understands -- what is needed to bring everything
Ronn Wiegand, MS and MW, called Mike "Winemaker of the Year," and
Robert Parker named him the "Wine Personality of the Year." The
Sonoma County Harvest Fair gave his Chardonnay the sweepstakes
award for white wines. Then it gave his Zinfandel the sweepstakes
award for red wines.
Robert Parker has said of Mike, "I'm a big fan . . . he seems to
have the brilliant ability to convert Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and
Zinfandel into wines of considerable character and individuality."
Not bad for a local Sonoma County boy.