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Who We Are...

Crystal Basin Cellars has its roots in amateur cooperative winemaking. Beginning under the house in 1981, CBC created a long string of vintages that captured fun times with friends. Steadily growing from 3 barrels to 25 under the house, CBC outgrew its space and was formed as a commercial winemaking operation in 2000. Since then, we've made almost 30,000 cases of wine that have been eagerly devoured by our fans and ourselves. We've been awarded packs of Gold, Silver and Bronze medals since 2001. In fact, each of our vintages has won at least one Gold Medal at a major wine competition in California since we’ve been a commercial winery.

Our goal is to make wines from the heart is driven by a passion to craft the highest quality wines possible from El Dorado County grapes. At Crystal Basin, we are not grape growers but are blessed to have strong community connections to be able to source great local grapes. In many cases, we've been buying our fruit from the same super-premium vineyards for over 15 years.

One of the key strengths of Crystal Basin Cellars is our Team. We've worked together for a long time and we can all finish each other’s sentences. No matter the situation, we somehow always pull it together and look pretty good doing it.

Mike Owen - Founder, President and El Jefe
Mike has led the charge at Crystal Basin since 1988. A veteran of numerous harvests and cork-pulling contests, Mike contributes the drive and vision for the company. A Silicon Valley escapee, Mike also lived in France, where he learned to love Rhone wines. Mike has been very lucky to find high-quality Rhone grapes and put together a talented team to make and market Crystal Basin's wines. Mike has always gets wildly motivated when people say things cannot be done.
Bob Kershaw - Wine Ambassador and CBC's Ambassador to France
Bob has the longest history of making wine of any of the current CBC partners. He made some of his own juice as far back as 1981, which means that he is getting up there. Uncle Bob is the official Brand Ambassador for Crystal Basin and he is loved by all. Owning a chunk of a successful and growing winery was one of his life's dreams and he is looking good doing it! Bob loves barrel tasting and giving personal tours of our facility. Be aware that What Happens in the Barrel Room - Stays in the Barrel Room.
Melissa Owen - Wine Diva
Melissa's mission at CBC is to make our guests feel welcome and look forward to their next visit. Melissa comes by her hospitality skills because she genuinely loves people. She is a natural at handling winery chaos, after having to clean up after Mike's whirlwind for more than 16 years. Melissa is the cheerful voice you will hear on the phone when you call up to order wine! See for your self, call her at (530) 647-1767.
Lesli Bohm - Events & Fun

This Texas transplant gal joined our team in 2016 to help make your special event a success! She can assist you in planning a variety of events on site. Anniversaries, weddings, birthdays, graduation, retirement and more…..we can make your event a unique experience! Click here to see what we can offer you.