Winemaker, Palmaz Vineyards
Mia Klein is one of America's most sought-after consulting winemakers. In addition to her work in the winery and vineyards at Palmaz, Mia has consulted with Araujo Estate, Spottswoode, Dalla Valle and Viader. Mia also produces Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet and Merlot under her own Selene label. Food & Wine named Mia "Winemaker of the Year" in 2003.
Country born: United States
Education: After receiving my degree in Enology from U.C. Davis, I worked my way up from the cellar to assistant winemaker and then to winemaker. I worked at Chappellet and Robert Pepi. I then left the world of regular employment and began consulting with Tony Soter. I've consulted for Spottswoode, Araujo, Viader and Dalla Valle. Not long after I began consulting, I started Selene Wines.
Years in the wine industry: 20-30 years
Honors / Awards:
Food & Wine Magazine- Winemaker of the Year 2003
I love making wine. From that first harvest, working the nightshift for Cathy Corison at Chappellet, I knew there was no doubt. Up to that point, I knew that having wine as a part of a meal with friends made that meal and that get-together something extra special, but until I worked in a cellar with grapes, wine, barrels, hoses, pumps, and other equipment, I didn't know how much I would love actually making wine.