Miguel grew up on Howell Mountain in the Napa Valley where he would spend many of his days around the Brakesman family at their Summit Lake Vineyard. Today, Miguel Marroquin is the Consumer Sales Director and Tasting Room Manager at the Spelletich Family Wine Co. in The Commons area of Napa Valley.
His path to SFWC was exciting and fascinating. “My early life was spent waking up in the mornings and smelling the beautiful Howell Mountain oak and pine in the air, eating wild blackberries, skateboarding, hiking, mountain biking and camping; I loved my early years,” says Miguel. When he left Howell Mountain, he crossed the valley and went to work on Spring Mountain for Craig Schauffel in the kitchen at Cain Cellars. When Craig and Keith Schauffel opened Pairs Parkside Café, Miguel eventually became the supervisor and the manager of the restaurant. “I hovered around Keith when he was buying the wines and setting up tasting menus. That stuff stuck,” he explains.
Along the way, he studied graphic design at the Academy of Art College in San Francisco, and helped his parents with their company, Taxi Cabernet. In 1998 Miguel, along with his sister Deanna Toney, purchased a small fleet taxi service. He designed the colorful, innovative, and chic logos that festooned the taxis. Upon selling Taxi Cabernet, Miguel became a wine consultant for V. Sattui Winery.
At Spelletich, “it’s more personal and it’s family; very casual and high-class all in one,” says Miguel. “I’m a man who wears many hats.” At SFWC, he also conducts tastings outside of the southern Napa tasting room; he is in charge of social media and direct marketing for the winery, and of course, he employs his skills with his graphic work.
When he wears others hats, Miguel has patented a device he calls the Ollie Strap & Extreme Air. He explains it’s an aid for snowboards, skateboards, longboards, sandboards, and snow skates to help riders find their center of gravity on the devices. The swivel handle at the center of the boards allow riders to do 180- and 360-degree turns and flips. Miguel Marroquin, a man of many hats.Back to the About Page