DTC & Hospitality Manager
Michael, originally from Minnesota, had his first exposure to fine wine while in Europe as part of his studies of Spanish Language and Global Cultures. Indulging his lifelong interest in gustatory pleasures, he quickly became a savvy and knowledgeable consumer. Uninspired by office work, Michael set his mind to pursue work in the wine industry, achieved the WSET Level 3, then relocated to Oregon. His studies deepened through his work in Wine Education with one of the Willamette Valley’s founding producers, including working the 2018 harvest, before joining the Lingua Franca team in early 2019. He is a WSET Diploma candidate, and is thrilled by the opportunity to learn from Larry Stone.