Mike's career in wine began as a sommelier in Colorado Springs, CO, at the award-winning restaurant Primitivo, where he developed his passion for wine and his palate. Winemaking was the seemingly obvious next step; and after spending several months exploring the wine country of Spain and France, he made his way to Napa Valley. Mike learned his way around the cellar at Behrens & Hitchcock Winery for several years, before being hired as the Winemaker for Realm Cellars in 2002.
In addition to Relic, his current winemaking projects include D.R. Stephens Estate, Husic Family Vineyards, and Sarocka Estate. If Mike is not in the vineyard or winery, you may find him engaged in one of his other passions – cooking or playing guitar.
Growing up in a family of wine enthusiasts, particularly fostered by her great uncle, Schatzi moved to the Napa Valley in the fall of 1999. She quickly found her way to Behrens & Hitchcock Winery where she learned the business-side of the wine industry. In addition to managing Relic, she continues to serve as the Business Manager for Behrens Family Winery.
Brooke, our Director of Private Clients, was born and raised in the SF bay area, where wine runs deep. Her father had a deep love of wine, and she was raised often having a chance to train her palate on some of the best California has to offer. She gained her degree in Enology at Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo on the central coast of California, and afterward worked harvest in the Napa Valley.
After flirting with sales in the tech world, her deep passion for wine drew her back to Napa Valley, where she began forging her path in the community. She comes to Relic from several sales, hospitality, and marketing positions at places like Ma(i)sonry, and Kenzo Estate. Brooke’s deep wine knowledge, enthusiasm for excellence, and sunny disposition make her an instrumental part of the Relic team, as well as a trusted advisor to our customers, old and new.
If you are visiting the Napa Valley and would like to visit our caves and winery, please send Brooke an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
John comes to Relic with 4 years experience at Tamber Bey Vineyards in Calistoga, most recently as the Assistant Winemaker. John’s passion for wine, skill in the cellar, and affability make him a great asset to Relic.
Hollie has been part of Team Relic for nearly three years. She is always committed to finding creative ways to develop Relic, and to push the boundaries set by an otherwise traditional wine industry.
She grew up in the restaurant and wine industry so hospitality comes naturally to her. She has had the pleasure to work with wineries such as Copain, LIOCO and RYME Wine Cellars.
Annette has been a part of the Relic family since 2010. She was the Director of Sales and Customer Relations for seven of those years and now serves as Brand Ambassador. Originally from Upper Michigan, Annette found her way to California via L.A. where she moved from the midwest to pursue her other passion of singing and song-writing. She re-located to Napa Valley in 2008 and connected with Relic shortly after. She now lives with an enjoyable balance of wine and music, and is always ready and willing to tell the story of Relic.
Photography by Leigh-Ann Beverley