Kristy McClellan’s fun-loving, can-do attitude serves her well as Director of Operations at Bowers Harbor Vineyards. She loves people and she loves wine, a happy combination. If you visit the tasting room, you’re likely to hear Kristy’s infectious laugh and sense how readily her sunny personality reflects the spirit of Bowers Harbor Vineyards.
Kristy grew up in Charlevoix, MI, where her love for the hospitality industry took root. She began as a bus-girl for Whitney’s Oyster Bar at age 14. Then, working during the summers, she paid her way through college by saving her earnings serving at Tapawingo Restaurant in Ellsworth, where she studied under Master Sommelier Ron Edwards.
Kristy graduated from the School of Hospitality Business at Michigan State University. From there, she was recruited by J. Alexander’s Restaurant Corporation. She interned in Troy, MI, and was promoted and transferred to Denver, CO. Since the Denver location is the number one wine-selling restaurant in the corporation, her experience in Customer Service and Bar Management quickly grew. Her love and appreciation for wine also deepened as she met many members of the wine community and winemakers from all over the country.
Kristy, along with husband Matt and her first daughter, decided to move back to their roots in Northern Michigan in 2008. Kristy and Matt now have two daughters, Roxy and Macy, and two dogs, Ziggy and Fin, and love raising their family on the beautiful and family friendly Old Mission Peninsula. When she isn’t in the tasting room, you can find her outdoors boating or snowboarding with her family. Working at Bowers Harbor Vineyards has afforded Kristy the opportunity to combine her two passions of hospitality and wine. Whether it’s pouring wine for guests in the tasting room, planning our Dining in the Vines events, coordinating the bottling of our wines, interacting with local chefs and business owners, Kristy’s passion for excellence and love for people reflect the essence of Bowers Harbor Vineyards.
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