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Januik Winery 'Klipsun Vineyard' Red Mountain Merlot 2017
Nicknamed " The King Of Merlot" Mike Januik has been making wine for over 35 years. Januik grew up in California and came north to the University of Oregon to earn a bachelor’s degree. He and his wife owned a wine shop in Ashland when Mike's wife decided to go back to college to earn her MBA. About the same time, they sold the wine shop and Januik decided to pursue a career in winemaking. But to get into UC-Davis’ vaunted winemaking program, more chemistry classes were required, so he went back to school at Southern Oregon University while his wife earned her MBA. In 1984, after Mike earned his degree in enology at UC-Davis, he left for the town of Sunnyside in Yakima Valley where the owner of Steward Vinyeards offered him a head winemaker position. He took the job and ended up staying for three years. For nearly 10 years, Mike Januik was the head winemaker for Chateau St. Michelle, Washington’s oldest and largest winery. In 1999, Januik knew it was time to leave St. Michelle and begin his own winery.