Mike Owen’s lifelong wine journey has taken him from California to France, from
the cellar to the judging table, from a wine aficionado to a wine businessman.
Mike and his wife Melissa own and operate Crystal Basin Cellars in the Sierra
Foothills of the El Dorado appellation. Working with almost 20 different grapes
provides an extensive line-up of award-winning wines. Mike has great success
with Rhone varieties planted at high elevations. You can literally taste the
difference on these flavorful wines. Who doesn’t want to talk about and sip
great Syrah and Mourvedre?
Mike’s palate, easygoing informative approach, plus his serious, wine-geeky
patter all set him up to be an All-Star host for AmaWaterways. Crystal Basin’s
winemaking history extends back nearly 40 years. Mike and Melissa lived on
the Cote-d Azur for three years in the 90s. This was their playground – let them
share their enthusiasm on an unforgettable trip.