Cruse Wine Company is the newest addition to our California family and for good reason; Michael is making some of the most energetic and inspiring wines in Northern California and is without question the most talented sparkling winemaker in America. We met with Michael in late May at his small facility in Petaluma with great excitement to taste what he has been working on over the last year and after less than an hour it was clear to us why some of California’s top winemakers are working with him on their own sparkling wine projects. Cruse Wine Company proclaims they are “thoughtfully crafting table wines from unique vineyards in California.” Well if these are American table wines then we need to spend more time at the table.
Michael began his wine career studying microbiology at UC Berkeley. He then moved on to study enology at the University of California – Davis. After graduating, Michael began working at Merryvale Vineyards in St. Helena before founding Cruse Wine Co. With a passion for Champagne-style winemaking and an immense talent for balancing science with craft, we can assure you that Michael is one of a handful of winemakers who are paving the way for the future of California wine.