MEET MIKE & SONYA
Sonya Villegas-Kelsen grew up in the restaurant business working under her father, chef/owner of a number of restaurants in Pto. Vallarta, Mexico. She made her way to California to follow her passion for wine. In her early OC career she managed restaurants and beverage programs and became a certified sommelier. Since then Sonya has had the honor of managing distribution, sales, and marketing for a number of wineries (Turnbull Wine Cellars, Alpha Omega Winery, Quintessa, Monteverro etc.) state wide and on a national level.
Sonya is blessed enough to bring her years of experience under one roof with her husband Mike. In late 2014 they opened Colony Wine Merchant where they welcome guests as they were welcoming them into their home.
Mike grew up in a household of musicians. His father was a jazz pianist and mother, a talented vocalists who spent 30 years teaching music and choir in Orange County schools. Knowing that music would be his career, Mike would spend his days working in restaurants and nights playing all over Southern California. In 2003 he started his own entertainment company (Say When Entertainment) and has never looked back.
Mike, a talented guitarist and vocalist is still very busy playing and booking gigs but now his years in the restaurant business are being put to use. He and his wife Sonya own Colony Wine Merchant. Mike runs the ever growing beer program as well as performs for guests, which have effortlessly become friends.