Michael Kelly Brown | Vice President
Born in Astoria, Oregon and growing up in the Pacific
Northwest, Michael Brown has a deep love for this part of the world. Prior to
joining Sokol Blosser Winery, Michael’s experience in the food, wine and
hospitality industry crossed nations. Early in his career, he spent three years
in Europe managing restaurants, bars and clubs in the Czech Republic and
Scotland. He returned to the United States in February 2000 and became a
manager at Jo Bar and Rotisserie in Portland, a family-run business that
heightened his interest in the fine dining industry and enriched his knowledge
and passion for wine. Following this, Michael became the general manager at
Portland’s famous Bluehour Restaurant. During his three years at the
restaurant, he continued to grow his wine education through the Court of Master
Sommeliers. Today, Michael is the vice president of consumer sales at Sokol Blosser
Winery, where he has spent the last seven years successfully growing the
winery’s business, including the development and opening of its new
award-winning Tasting Room.
Michael currently lives in McMinnville, Oregon with his wife Maria, two daughters (Mirabel and Beatrice) and their two dogs, Dante and Clover.
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.