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In 2000, Mike worked harvest at Bernardus Winery and made delicate wines using traditional Burgundian methods. From there he worked vintage at Yalumba Winery and was exposed to large-scale production and progressive techniques. Starting as Assistant Winemaker for Elyse Winery in 2001, Mike's approach to winemaking is a balance of these sometimes opposing traditional and progressive styles. Mike lives in Napa with his wife Wendy and their two children.
Eclectic Wines is the moonlighting project of spouses Mike and Wendy Trotta, who met on the first day of class in the Enology program at Fresno State University. Both have impressive experience at Cabernet – centric Napa estates. Mike has been the winemaker at Elyse Winery since 2001. Wendy has honed her skills at Dominus, HdV, Cain and other properties.
In 2012, they were afflicted with a chronic illness indigenous to the NapaValley: “Chronic Cabernet Fatigue.” (It’s a mutant strain of the “ABC ” bacteria.) To relieve the strain on their creativity, they craft tiny amounts of refined, idiosyncratic wines from obscure varietals.
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