A native of Michigan, Melissa Stackhouse discovered winemaking when living in Bellingham, WA in 1994. While wine tasting one day on Lopez Island, she discovered that a person could go to school to learn how to make wine. It was an ah hah moment that led her to the Napa Valley and a degree in Viticulture and Enology at the University of California, Davis. Melissa apprenticed at Robert Mondavi Winery, Sterling Vineyards, Joseph Phelps Winery, and Peter Michael Winery. She went on to hold winemaking positions at some of the most esteemed wineries in California including La Crema, J Vineyards & Winery, and Meiomi. Since becoming Director of Winemaking at SIMI Winery, Melissa has embraced the opportunity to fine-tune vineyard sourcing to craft some of the best Bordeaux and Burgundian varietal wines in Sonoma County.