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.
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 came to the Napa Valley in 2008 to start a career in the wine world. After six years as a singer/songwriter in Los Angeles, as well as working in the restaurant industry, she decided to re-locate herself to Northern California where her passion for wine would be realized and musical inspiration could thus follow. For two years she worked as the Hospitality Director at O’Shaughnessy Winery on Howell Mountain, eventually finding her way to Relic.
Annette provides a wealth of insight and experience and a warm welcome to all visitors. If you are in the Napa Valley and would like to make an appointment to taste through our wines, Annette can be reached at 707.484.9380 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Photography by Leigh-Ann Beverley