Michael Kennedy - Hawaii Food & Wine Festival


Michael Kennedy

Component Wine Company - Napa Valley, CA & Bordeaux, France

Michael Kennedy is an award-winning sommelier and winemaker, most notably as the wine director for Blue by Eric Ripert and the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman. He got his start in the wine industry at an early age, working for a winery, then moved to become the sommelier for Ritz-Carlton Hotels in Washington DC, before moving on to the Cayman Islands. In 2016, Michael and his wife Rachel, yearning to get back into the winemaking side of the business, moved back to the US to start their winery in Napa Valley, Component Wine Company. Since founding the winery, he has been named Forbes 30 Under 30 and his winery has been featured in Forbes, Bloomberg, Vogue and Barrons.In 2018, Kennedy expanded Component Wine Company to Bordeaux, France, where he produces with the winemaking team of Chateau Lynch-Bages single varietal, single vineyard wines.