Michael Kennedy

Michael Kennedy

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Michael Kennedy is an award-winning sommelier and vintner. He began his career in the wine industry in the United States at an early age, working for a Napa-based winery and later becoming the sommelier for Ritz-Carlton Hotels in Washington DC. Michael then moved to the Cayman Islands, where he held the Head Sommelier position at…

Michael Kennedy is an award-winning sommelier and vintner. He began his career in the wine industry in the United States at an early age, working for a Napa-based winery and later becoming the sommelier for Ritz-Carlton Hotels in Washington DC. Michael then moved to the Cayman Islands, where he held the Head Sommelier position at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman and Blue by Eric Ripert. In 2016, Michael and his wife, Rachel, yearning to get back into the winemaking side of the business, returned to Napa Valley to launch their winery, Component Wine Company. Since founding their winery, he has been named Forbes 30 Under 30 and his winery has been featured in Forbes, Bloomberg, Business Insider, Food & Wine and other publications. In 2018, Kennedy expanded Component Wine Company to Bordeaux, France, where he produces single varietal, single vineyard wines with the wine-making team of Château Lynch-Bages in Pauillac.

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