Russell holds bachelors and masters degrees in both viticulture and enology. He has authored numerous technical articles and has lectured in viticulture at Cornell University. He has worked extensively in the New Zealand wine industry and was previously chief viticulturist for Domaine Serene in Oregon and Château de la Crée in Burgundy. Today, in addition to his duties at Milea Estate Vineyard, Russell is a global vineyard and winery consultant for entities such as the Kingdom of Bhutan. In a previous life, he was a professional musician.