Most of his adult life, Mike has had a knack for fixing and keeping machinery running at its peak, which makes him the perfect choice for our winery facilities manager, a position that requires vast knowledge of equipment and a MacGyver-ish ability to fix machinery in the heat of harvest. Mike came to Williams Selyem after eight years with Gallo Family vineyards.
His favorite wine region is Sonoma, and his last memorable bottle of wine was a 1998 Williams Selyem Ferrington Pinot Noir. Over the years, Mike has experienced the keys to successful winemaking and boils them down to simple attributes: dedication, a strong work ethic and passion.
When Mike’s not monitoring crushers, de-stemmers or our bottling line, you’ll find him below the deep blue Pacific, diving for Abalone. A life of adventure just comes naturally to a guy whose first car was a 750cc Honda Interceptor, purchased from a motorcycle racer at Sears Point. “Cheesemore” as he’s been called a time or two over the years, has also jumped out of plane on a skydiving tour.
Mike is particularly fond of any vintage from 1999, as that was the year his son was born. Pinots from Sonoma County that year had a, “modest depth of flavor but good freshness” and a “sweet and supple” quality.