Michael Kelly Brown | Director of Consumer Sales and Marketing
Bio: Born in Astoria, Oregon and growing up in the Pacific Northwest I have deep love for this part of the world. After graduating from Camas High School and studying English Literature at Washington State University I moved to Europe for three years to get a different type of education. Managing restaurants, bars and clubs in the Czech Republic and Scotland created a unique foundation for the hospitality industry and after returning, in February of 2000, I became a manager at Jo Bar and Rotisserie in NW Portland. Working for a family run business that was passionate about food and wine heightened my interest in the fine dining industry and through their dedication toward enrichment taught me a great deal about wine in particular. When I moved on to Bluehour Restaurant and was a general manager in Bruce Carey’s organization for over 3 years my wine education continued through the Court of Master Sommeliers. When the opportunity presented itself to work for the Sokol Blosser family whom I had known for many years I could not pass it up. My wife Maria, daughter Mirabel and our two dogs Dante and Clover now live in McMinnville.
What you like about Pinot Noir: Pinot Noir is the ultimate food wine. At a restaurant when 5 people order something different, Pinot Noir is the go to varietal that will most likely pair with everything.
Favorite Food: Camarones el Diabla with corn tortillas at Martha’s Tacos in Lafayette, Oregon.
Place You'd Like to Travel To: New Zealand!
Favorite Drink Besides Wine: I love great coffee and really good Spanish Brandy.