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Michael Ploetz

EDUCATION & CERTIFICATIONS
Court of Master Sommeliers . Level 2 Certified Sommelier
University of Wisconsin - Stout. Menomonie, WI. Hotel, Restaurant & Tourism Management - Bachelor's Degree
EXPERIENCE
Alejandro Bulgheroni Estate. Napa Valley. Estate Director
Las Alcobas. Napa Valley, CA. Director of Food and Beverage
Finn Town by Ryan Scott. San Francisco, CA. General Manager
The Peninsula Beverly Hills. Beverly Hills, CA. Director of Food and Beverage
ink. by Michael Voltaggio. Los Angeles, CA. Director of Operations
Solage Calistoga. Calistoga, CA. Assistant Director of Food and Beverage
é by José Andrés. Las Vegas, NV. General Manager
Jaleo by José Andrés. Las Vegas, NV. General Manager
The Bazaar by José Andrés. Beverly Hills, CA. Assistant General Manager
Tres by José Andrés. Beverly Hills, CA. General Manager
Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole. Teton Village, WY. Food and Beverage Manager
Four Seasons Hotel Chicago. Chicago, IL. Food and Beverage Manager
SKILLS & EXPERTISE
Inventory Management
Regional Expertise: California
Regional Expertise: Spain
Wine and Food Pairing
Wine Educator
Wine Judge
Wine List Creation
Wine Service- Bar or Wine Bar
Wine Service- Management
Wine Service- Restaurant
Wine Sourcing and Purchasing
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Michael Ploetz
Michael Ploetz
Napa Valley, CA
United States

Alejandro Bulgheroni Napa Valley Estate
Estate Director


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.