John M. Kelly, tagged gpoyThree decades ago I trained as a biochemist at Texas A&M and UC Davis. Since then I have been professionally active in the wine industry, to be exact since 1986. After a year spent in wine retail, I developed my craft working for R.H. Phillips, 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, Bert Urch–a good friend–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.

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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