With over 20 years of experience in the restaurant, wine sales and wine education industries, Michael has seen many facets of the wine business, yet has never had the opportunity to work at a winery until now.
St. Helena, CA (PRWEB) February 05, 2012
Tom Davies, President of V. Sattui Winery, has announced the hiring of Michael Cooperman as Tasting Room and Retail Wine Sales Manager: “With over 20 years of experience in the restaurant, wine sales and wine education industries, Michael has seen many facets of the wine business, yet has never had the opportunity to work at a winery until now. He directly oversees all tasting venues on property and is responsible for the training and ongoing education of the winery sales and retail staff, as well as creating and implementing guest educational experiences such as winery and vineyard tours and seminars.”
A recent transplant to northern California, Michael had been teaching Advanced and Intermediate classes for Grape Experience and Wine & Spirit School, both WSET-approved program providers, in San Francisco and Napa. Prior to moving to California, Michael lived and worked in New Mexico for eight years, where in addition to management and sommelier work in top restaurants in Santa Fe and Albuquerque, he most recently served as the Director of Education and Division Manager of Key Account Development for Southern Wine & Spirits of New Mexico before moving to San Francisco in 2010.
Michael’s industry credentials include the Certified Sommelier (CS) with the Court of Master Sommeliers, the Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) with the Society of Wine Educators, and a Level 4 Diploma in Wine & Spirits (DWS) with the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET). During his restaurant days, Michael was either jointly or solely responsible for attaining Wine Spectator Awards of Excellence for five different restaurants in New York and New Mexico, and was instrumental in helping several others achieve the same during his time with Southern Wine & Spirits.
Michael, his wife, Heidi, and their 15-month-old daughter, Sylvie, now live in St. Helena with Beso and Santo, their four-legged family members. They love the country lifestyle and farm-to-table philosophy of the Napa Valley and look forward to exploring all it has to offer.
About V. Sattui Winery:
V. Sattui Winery is a fourth-generation family-owned winery. V. Sattui makes 45 different wines. Recent recognition of the winery’s commitment to excellence is its selection as "Winery of the Year" at the 2012 Winemaker’s Challenge and “Best of the Bay” winner in the 2011 San Francisco Bay Guardian.
Founded in 1885 by Vittorio Sattui, today V. Sattui Winery is the only winery in Napa Valley with its own extensive deli offering house-made prepared foods from salads to charcuterie to pastas, pizza, and barbecued fare and over 200 cheeses from around the world. Visitors can assemble a picnic and enjoy it outdoors under the centuries-old oak trees on the winery grounds.
V. Sattui Winery is located 1.5 miles south of St. Helena at 1111 White Lane; the winery is open seven days a week from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; no reservations required.
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