Ghost Pines: winery information
Winemaker: Michael Eddy
Meet the progressive visionary behind our acclaimed range of multi-AVA wines. Winemaker Michael Eddy has the freedom to choose the best grapes he can find – regardless of appellation – to make wines that showcase the layers of flavor that can be coaxed from a particular varietal. "The vineyards don't know where the county lines are," explains Michael. "You may find an incredible vineyard site next to a marginal one in the same AVA. For me, it's about ignoring the traditional boundaries and finding those great sites that let us express pure varietal character in the bottle." In the winery, Michael relishes each phase of the winemaking process. With a vision for the finished wine in mind at the outset, he experiments with modern techniques along the way. The result is our range of well-structured wines with pronounced fruit flavors supported by subtle oak. Michael earned his bachelor's degree in Biology at Humboldt State University in Northern California and his master's degree in Food Science, with a specialization in oenology, from the University of California at Davis. After stints in winemaking at California's Trefethen Family Vineyards, Beaulieu Vineyard and Rodney Strong Vineyards, Michael joined E. & J. Gallo Winery in 2005 as an associate winemaker focusing on Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. He joined the Louis M. Martini winemaking team in Napa in 2008 and became the winemaker for Ghost Pines in 2009.