Michael's Love of Wine

Luxury-Wine Connoisseur & Collector - 1997 to Present
Private Wine Cellar – Dallas / Ft. Worth Area
 

My private wine cellar consists of over 400 bottles of wine from every region on Earth. 90% is considered to be “Extraordinary” (96-100 pt. wines rated by The Wine Advocate, Robert Parker, and/or Wine Spectator). It includes top rated producers including Abreu, Bryant Family, Chateau Cheval-Blanc, Chateau d’Yquem, Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion, Colgin, Domaine Claude Dugat, Domaine Jean-Louis Chave, Guigal, Harlan, Henschke, Markus Molitor, Penfolds (Grange), Quinta Do Noval, Realm, Schrader, Shafer, Sine Qua Non, Sloan and Vega Sicilia. Both verticals and horizontals of top vintages and producers from the finest wine producing regions are also among the collection.




As a Luxury-Wine Connoisseur & Collector for almost 30 years, I have exhaustively researched top-rated wineries worldwide and have watched coming new entrants into the business. Whether acquisitions direct from the winery or the buying and selling of premium wines through worldwide auctions, my cellar consistently represents the best that the wine industry has to offer.



My travels to select wineries throughout the world have helped educate me about fruit sources, terroir, and vinification. It has allowed me to taste the latest offerings, barrel samples, and library wines, and meet with proprietors and winemakers while experiencing some of the world’s top-rated vineyards first hand.



ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • Wine regions visited and actively helped to bring in harvest on 4 continents

Europe:
Bordeaux, Burgundy, France’s Rhone Valley, Italy’s Tuscany, Germany’s Mosel, Spain’s La Rioja and the Portugal’s Douro Valley

South America:
Mendoza in Argentina and Maipo in Chile

Australia and New Zealand:
Southern Australia’s Barrosa, Adelaide, Eden Valley, McLaren Vale; New Zealand’s Marlborough and Otago on the South Island

North America:
California’s Napa Valley, Sonoma Valley, Santa Cruz Mountains, and Paso Robles; Washington State’s Walla Walla Valley;  Oregon’s Columbia Valley and Willamette Valley

  • Luxury Wine Connoisseur & Collector

~ 1988 Vintage Bordeaux horizontal tasting. Referred to by Wine Spectator Magazine as “Bordeaux’s Forgotten Vintage” in that it was completely overshadowed by two of the greatest vintages ever in the region, 1989 and 1990. (1st Growths through 3rd Growths) attended by top Retail Wine Managers, Distributors, Sommeliers and Wine Writers for national publications

~ 1997 Vintage Napa Valley horizontal tasting (Cult Cabernets) Robert Parker wrote: “some of the most compelling Cabernet Sauvignons of the nineties were produced in 1997”

~ 2005 Vintage Australia horizontal (The Best of Down Under) Jay Miller of Robert Parker.com wrote: “2005 appears to have been uniformly excellent across this giant continent”

  • Grand Tastings

    ~ Purchased and sold over $500,000 of wine through auctions over the years

    ~ Consulted with sales executives on how to confidently and expertly make their way through the etiquette, nuances and trappings of a wine list when ordering for a table of clients and colleagues

    ~ Sponsored and Attended Private tasting events:  Quarterly vertical wine tastings attended by like-minded Oenophiles to share “the wine experience” and educate participants. These were themed events showcasing the best from local cellars as well as blind tastings that tested even the most sophisticated of palates.

  • Charitable Events

Featured Wineries Co-Chair for Cotes Du Coeur International Fine Wine Auction and Celebrity Chef Dinner benefiting the American Heart Association from 2003 – 2005

Responsible for recruitment and coordination of worldwide wineries and DTC programs for signature charity event in the Southwest for cardiovascular research and heart - health education programs and instrumental in growing net dollars raised from $500,000 to $1 million

FINE WINE LOCALE EXPERIENCE

·   California North Coast AVA “Cult Cabernets”

·   California Central Coast AVA “Rhone Rangers”

·   South Australia

·   Bordeaux, France