As national sales manager, Michael Burton leverages a quarter century of experience in almost every aspect of the wine industry to guide the sales program for Emeritus Vineyards. A dynamic and accomplished executive, he was drawn to Emeritus by the opportunity to work at a singularly focused, family-run winery. "It is a rarity when a winery dedicates itself to doing one thing exceptionally well," says Michael. "The commitment Emeritus has made to focus exclusively on dry-farmed estate-grown Pinot Noir reminds me of the great wineries of Burgundy. My role is to help give voice to this exciting story.
Michael was raised in Boston, MA, and spent a decade serving in the U.S. Army as a non-commissioned officer before returning to Boston. There he joined the founding team at Chef Todd English’s acclaimed restaurant Olives. At English’s invitation, Michael relocated to Las Vegas in 1998 to take on the role of beverage manager at Olives Las Vegas, where he worked alongside noted Master Sommelier Jay James. Following Olives, Michael spent four years at Las Vegas-based distributor Breakthru Beverage Group. Then he joined Wilson Daniels, where he served as a divisional vice president. Mentored by visionary executive Win Wilson, Michael spent the next decade representing an elite portfolio of clients, including Schramsberg, Silverado, Ponzi, Royal Tokaji, Dujac, Salon, Biondi Santi, and Domaine de la Romanée-Conti.
Following his tenure at Wilson Daniels, Michael transitioned to the winery side of the industry, applying his knowledge and experience as the general manager for Oregon’s Rose and Arrow Estate, and as the general manager and head of national sales for Walla Walla Vintners. In addition to his numerous professional accomplishments, Michael holds a degree in business administration and management, and an MBA, from California State University, Fullerton. He is also a certified sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers, a certified specialist of wine, and a certified sake professional.
Michael lives in Greater Los Angeles with his wife and two rescue dogs. Animal welfare and activism is an important part of their life. Together they also enjoy the Los Angeles lifestyle including the art scene, music, revitalized restaurant movement, and of course the beach!