John M. Kelly, tagged gpoyIt’s been nearly four decades since I started my training as a biochemist at Texas A&M, followed by graduate work at UC Davis. I have been professionally active in the wine industry since 1985. After a year spent in wine retail I started to develop my craft, first working for R.H. Phillips, then Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, Duckhorn, Sonoma-Cutrer, and Vinquiry. In 1994, while still at Sonoma-Cutrer, I took over as winemaker and general manager of the Westwood Winery when its founder and my good friend, Bert Urch, passed away suddenly. In 1998 a confluence of events led me to begin development of vineyard property for a new company I was a part of: Annadel Vineyards Partners, LLC. I started a consulting business in 1999, as I worked to develop the new vineyard and continued to make wine for Westwood. My partners and I bought Westwood in 2002 and moved it to Sonoma in 2005–the same year the Estate vineyard came into production. After 19 vintages I sold my interest in Westwood in order to pursue other interests.

I started blogging in 2004 as a journal to assist my recall, as a place to get the occasional rant off my chest, and and as a vehicle to share my travails (however boring they may be) with friends.
John M. Kelly

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