About WineGuyMike

Mike’s love of wine began early in life in the Finger Lakes wine region of upstate New York. As a young boy, he watched his grandfather graft fruit trees and grape vines in the family garden and became fascinated with wine. That interest only continued to grow as Mike grew up surrounded by an Italian family that enjoyed Sunday afternoons sharing food — and wine. Mike feels blessed to have learned about the magic and joy of growing, harvesting, and sharing food and wine with family and friends.

The WineGuyMike™ brand developed as Mike participated with and listened closely to a valued community of wine enthusiasts. He found he enjoyed sharing his expertise and passion for wine and he has developed a sizable following that continues to grow.

Residing in Missoula, Montana, Mike has built trusted national and international relationships with novice and experienced wine consumers, new and legendary wine brands, and business leaders in the wine industry. He is recognized as an authentic and trustworthy influencer and advisor at the consumer-wine industry nexus. 



15 thoughts on “About WineGuyMike

  1. John Ferrone

    Hi, Mike… great site! Helps a true novice like me make a great choice in wine, particularly when I’m entertaining clients. I look forward to quoting your words of wisdom : )

    It was great to meet you at the Table Talk event. The wine selection software kiosk was impressive. I’ll be back the week of November 8th, for sure. Let me know what would work for you to get together so I can get it in my calendar. Take care. JF

    1. wineguymike Post author

      Hi John,

      It was great meeting you, this week has been a whirlwind. I will email you this evening as I will certainly look forward to getting together. There is someone I want to introduce you to as well.


  2. Donalee

    As the perfect Thanksgiving guest, what wines shall I have in my arms when I ring the doorbell of my host’s home?

    1. wineguymike Post author


      Thanks for your great question and here are WineGuyMike’s suggestions; below are my recommendations for the wine types best suited for Thanksgiving Day dinner. the reason these wine types are great is due to their balance of fruit and acid which will bring out all the wonderful flavors in your dinner. As for specific recommendations I will suggest a few wines for you.

      1. Adelsheim Reserve Pinot Noir
      2.Tariquet Chenin Blanc/Chardonnay blend
      3. Domaine De Pouy
      4. newly released Beaujolais
      5. A New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc
      6. A California Viognier
      7. Argyle Sparkling Wine

      I hope these are of some help for you Donalee, and a Happy Thanksgiving to you.

      Light Bodied Wines

      Chenin Blanc
      Pinot Grigio
      Pinot Noir

      Medium Bodied wines

      Fume Blanc
      Sauvignon Blanc

      Full Bodied wines


    1. wineguymike Post author

      I’m very interested in Ontario wines as I grew up on the other side of the lake. Let’s get a winery owner from the region that you have a relationship with to be a call in guest on the WineGuyMike Radio Show. This would be a great educational piece on the region that my audiences would love to hear about.


  3. Laura

    Hi Mike,
    I attended the wine tasting fund raiser last week, for Austyn. Great wines! I wrote down the name of one but haven’t been able to find it locally. Can you point me in the right direction? It was Delas St Espirit Cotes du Rhone Rouge. Thanks!

    1. WineGuyMike Post author

      Hi Laura,

      I’m glad you enjoyed the wines at the benefit wine tasting, it was a wonderful evening. The Delas Cotes Du Rhone Saint-Espirit may be available at Liquid Planet or CVS here in Missoula. Thank you for asking Laura, cheers to you.


  4. Dan

    Mike….I saw you on the news recently showing the malbec & blend wines from argentina-hands of god! I couldn’t find any info on your blog about these two wines. Can you tell me where I can buy the wines? I live South of Missoula in the Bitterroot valley.

    1. WineGuyMike Post author

      Hi Dan these particular wines are not yet available in Montana but will be in the near future. I apologize Dan for the delay in response as my Father just passed away. I would like to invite you to signup for my weekly newsletter that will begin being published July 1st. There is a new market opening in Missoula, the Market On Front opening July 1st and I am managing the wine department. I will have a unique affordable selection of wines available and will have a wine club featuring terrific wines at a bargain. I hope you will subscribe and be able to join in on the wine education events I will be offering through the Market On Front.

      Warm regards,


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