was born in 1942 and attended schools in Seattle, Washington. After graduating
from Mt Rainier High School in 1960 Mike joined the U.S. Air Force and
was radar/computer technician. While in the service Mike was stationed
in Marin County CA and became acquainted with the wines of the Napa and
Sonoma regions and was hooked . After being discharged from the service
Mike went back to college and graduated from Western Washington State University
with a B.A. in Biology and Chemistry in 1969. Mike worked for several years
as a research technician in the Medical School of the University of Washington.
He continued his interest in wines and amassed a fair sized cellar.
One day, he read an article in the Seattle Post Intelligencer
about research being done by Washington State University on wine and wine
grapes. Mike visited famed researcher, Dr. Walter Clore, at the WSU Prosser
experiment station and learned more about the possibilities for premium
wine production in Washington.
After researching the idea, Mike decided to start
a small company with the idea of planting a vineyard and starting a small
winery somewhere in Eastern Washington. ........ to be continued.
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