Dalla Terra

Dalla Terra Team

Regional Managers

Michael Whitehead

Michael WhiteheadSoutheast Regional Manager


Cell Phone:
305.989.2881
Email: Michael@dallaterra.com

Originally from St. Louis, Missouri I began my career in the wine industry as a sommelier in San Juan, Puerto Rico where I taught computers for 3 years. In 2005 I ended up back in St. Louis, where I had the great fortune to work and teach wine classes at The Wine Merchant in Clayton, Missouri. Two years and a lot of great Burgundies later I ended up moving to Napa Valley and began a career in wine production at Napa Wine Company. Yet another dose of great luck brought me to the wine team at Joel Gott Wines. I met my wife, soulmate/best friend in Napa Valley and we eventually opened a short-lived wine importing company in her hometown of Cartagena, Colombia. Then came Miami…what an adventure this city has been! Many, many wine distributors later I found myself managing sales for a the startup wine importer and distributor Vinecraft. Luck and fortune struck again and now I am living my dream with Dalla Terra!

YOUR SIGN:
Aries

FAVE MUSIC ARTIST:
Miles Davis, Fugazi, Gram Parsons, Quantic, Céu, Enrico Caruso

FAVORITE COMPOSER:
Dvorak

FAVORITE PASTA:
Gnocchi

ITALIAN DESIGNER YOU MOST CLOSELY ASSOCIATE YOURSELF WITH:
Ettore Sottsass

MOTOGUZZI, VESPA, FIAT 500, FERRARI, DUCATI OR COLNAGO?
Ferrari!!!

FAVORITE ITALIAN SAYING:
“Mangiare il ragù barese!”

ITALIAN PARKING STORY:
During a wedding of my wife’s Lebanese/Colombian cousin to a local Italian from Bari I was granted the pleasure of driver for the family van. Two weeks of Spanish, Italian and Arabic back seat drivers, many lost courses and enough parking mishaps to make Rome seem like Omaha!

LONGEST MEAL:
Engagement dinner at Cyrus in Healdsburg.

FAVORITE COFFEE - ILLY or ILLY?
Cafe Colombiano

FAVORITE ITALIAN DIRECTOR:
Antonioni

MOST PERSONALLY INFLUENTIAL WINES EXPERIENCED:
First two major wines I decanted as a sommelier, 1912 Lafite and 1921 d'Yquem and 1995 Benanti Pietramarina with Salvo Foti.