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Join the Keenans on Facebook Live at 4pm Pdt Every-other Saturday

May 18, 2020


You'll be delighted to know that no matter where you are on earth you can join and/or Reilly on Facebook Live, every other Saturday at 4:00pm PDT.  Sign up for the eNewsletter to be notified of the next event. The subject matter varies, but will be focused on great insider stories about making Keenan wines, the grape growing for those wines, pairing ideas, recipe sharing and much more. More details follow.


Michael Keenan is the owner and president of Keenan Winery. Michael Keenan assumed leadership of the estate and winery from his father, Robert Keenan in 1998, and gradually replanted many acres and refined the winemaking process with his small, but nimble team. (These dedicated individuals, have worked continuously at Keenan since 1995!) Michael Keenan was introduced to the pleasures of wine at home.  As a young boy, he was eager to learn about winemaking and began honing his winemaking skills “on the job,” under the leadership of his father Robert Keenan and renowned winemaker Joe Cafaro. Today, Michael Keenan works in concert with the team to make the best vineyard and winemaking decisions, and to engage with visitors in the Keenan room. While he accepts responsibility for making the final decisions for each aspect of the winery, he believes Keenan's success can be attributed to the efforts of the winery's talented staff. Learn more about the team next!Keenan Winery, under Michael Keenan's tutelage, produces mouth-watering Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Zinfandel, Cabernet Franc and Chardonnays for which the winery stands out proudly among other wineries. Where as his tasting room team is known for their warmth and approachability, which harkens back to the small town Napa of the past, Michael Keenan is easily recognized for his dynamic personality, tongue in cheek humor, and towering stature. Considering the caliber of the wines, combined with the gorgeous estate and friendly staff, it's no surprise Michael's winery is listed on  Top 100 Wineries of the Year.


This is an excellent opportunity to meet with Michael Keenan virtually. In these , linger over your own glass of wine and discuss delicious food pairings and great insider stories about the wines. Michael Keenan is known for captivating his guests with stories from the vineyards, the cellar, and the winery, while keeping everyone laughing with his great humor. Participants walk away relaxed, smiling and fully sated from the great conversation of scrumptious wines and mouth-watering food. When you attend, make sure you tell him about the first time you tasted his wines and what you like to pair with them–beecause one thing Michael Keenan will say again and again is, “The real point of wine is to better enjoy the accompanying food!”


Reilly is the son of Michael and Jennifer Keenan and has been immersed in wine culture from a very early age. As a vital member of the Keenan winery team beginning at age sixteen, Reilly works during grape harvesting, hosts tastings for visitors on the estate, pours for wine events and is the dedicated point person for many consumer and trade events. He lives at the winery and works promoting the wines and winery, as the third generation of the Keenan family to have a major role at the winery.If you run into Reilly Keenan at the winery, he will share with you tales of what it's like to grow up immersed in wine culture, as the 3rd generation of Keenans to follow his love and passion of wine. Like his father, Michael, the president of Keenan Winery, and his grandfather, Robert, Reilly grew up amongst the estate vines on Mountain. Beginning at age sixteen, Reilly worked every harvest. He also hosts tastings for visitors on the estate, and is the dedicated point person for many consumer and trade events.After studying Political Science and at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Reilly continued to broaden his knowledge of the wine industry through work in fine wines for restaurants. He brings this passion for wine, and the knowledge he's gained, to everything he does. For example, Reilly worked in Atlanta, GA as a Keenan specialist with one of Keenan's broad market distribution partners. This has brought him full circle back to his roots and a full-time commitment to Keenan Winery. Reilly is now an integral part of the Keenan winemaking team, made up of his father, Michael; the cellar master, Art; and winery general manager, Matt. He will tell you about maintaining the established winemaking and aging protocols that shape the style of Keenan wines.


As Reilly has a hand in the process from vine to bottle, he has cultivated a unique perspective on winemaking, while contributing to creating the outstanding wines that the winery is known for. Much like his father did when he joined the winery full time in 1998, Reilly is already bringing his own ideas and dreams for the future of Keenan Winery. He also stays on the pulse of the business by maintaining relationships with key accounts in San Francisco and the CA market. Get the inside story on the winery and the future of winemaking at Keenan from Reilly.