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, Sarocka Estate, and Implicit Cellars. 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 email@example.com
Photography by Leigh-Ann Beverley