Michael discovered the world of wine while studying abroad on the Spanish island of Mallorca. After receiving a degree in hospitality from the University of Wisconsin, he embarked upon a career-long obsession with fine wine and cuisine.
Following college, Michael joined Four Seasons Hotels where he spent five years in operations. Additional affiliations have included Auberge Resorts and Peninsula Hotels.
He has led openings and operations of venues in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and San Francisco for Chefs José Andrés, Michael Voltaggio, and Chris Cosentino.
Most recently Michael oversaw all resort food and beverage operations at Las Alcobas Napa Valley in St. Helena.
As a certified sommelier and frequent wine judge for competitions around the United States, Michael has fulfilled his true passion as director for the Alejandro Bulgheroni Estate.