Biography

Michael Merriman

Michael Merriman was born and raised in Walnut Creek, California.

Graduating from Cornell University’s School of Hotel and Restaurant Administration in 1978, he returned to California to pursue a career in presenting fine foods and wines. For 15 years he ran the California Cafe Restaurant Group’s 32 wine, spirits, brewing, and beverage programs.

Since 2000 he has assisted wineries in their marketing.

Since 2002     Paladin Wine Marketing
-Owner
 
2000 – 2002     Jackson Family Farms (boutique wineries of Kendall-Jackson)
-Sr. VP of Marketing and Identity

    Cambria
    Matanzas Creek
    Stonestreet
    Hartford
    Cardinale
    Atalon
    Verité
    Archipel
    Carmel Road
    Edmeades

1986 – 2000     California Cafe Restaurant Corporation
-Director of Beverage Operations

    California Cafe
    Napa Valley Grille
    Alcatraz Brewing Company
    Blackhawk Grille
    Cafe Del Rey
    Horizons
    Ondine

1985 – 1986     Dawson Foodservice Strategies
(Advertising Agency)
– Account Manager, Copywriter
 
1982 – 1985     Alder Market
(Gourmet Groceries, Restaurant & Catering)
– Owner/Founder
 
1981 – 1982     Hirsch-Bedner Design
(Hotel Interior Design)
-Project Manager
 
1979 – 1981     Perspectives
(Consulting & Restaurants)
-Director of Operations