After purchasing a northern Sonoma County winery recently, Michael David Winery of Lodi has named Jen Berman general manager to run it.
Michael David, maker of brands such as The 7 Deadly Zins, Freakshow, Petite Petit and Earthquake, purchased the Alexander Valley winery from Silver Oak Cellars in April. The Tudor-style facility can produce up to 70,000 cases annually and has a 12-acre vineyard of cabernet sauvignon grapes.
Berman is tasked with putting together a team to operate the winery, according to Adam Mettler, director of wine operations.
“In her short time with us she has already demonstrated herself to be a self-starter and a great fit,” Mettler said in a statement. “Her positivity and background will be a welcomed asset as we set to kick off our first harvest at the Geyserville winery.”
Trained in biochemistry and business, Berman has 13 years of wine industry experience, most recently at another Alexander Valley winery. She was general manager and assistant winemaker of Stryker Sonoma, working there for six years until shortly after Foley Family Wines acquired it in mid-2016. It’s now called Foley Sonoma.
Before Stryker Sonoma, Berman was a lab technician at Sonoma Wine Company.
She has a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry from University of California, Los Angeles, and an MBA from Sonoma State University.
Michael David Winery is run by brothers Michael and David Phillips. They released their first commercial wine in 1984 under the Phillips Vineyards label after years of growing grapes for other wineries. They farm over 800 acres of vineyards in the Lodi winegrowing region.