THE BLACKBIRD TEAM
Michael Polenske - Proprietor
Michael began the current chapter of his life devoting his attention to "the business of leisure" with the acquisition of Blackbird Vineyards in 2003 and turning it into an ultra-premium label.
Paul Leary - President
Paul Leary joined Blackbird Vineyards as President in 2006. In the fall of 2008, Mr. Leary was instrumental in the launch of Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley, an art, wine and design collective in Yountville, CA. Leary's continuous charge is to build Blackbird's brand equity and financial returns by ensuring wine quality and spearheading niche marketing strategies that create consumer demand in the direct and wholesale distribution channels.
Aaron Pott - Winemaker
Aaron Pott's curiosity in wine began at the young age of 9 when he ordered a glass of milk in a venerable Parisian bistro. When the waiter responded - in halting perfect English - that "milk is for babies" and promptly produced a glass of watered down red, Pott realized that wine was a beverage of choice for adults and immersed himself in the world of wine trivia.