An ongoing curiosity has driven Mike from graduate studies in classical political theory, philosophy, policy and systems analysis and history, to an in-depth and extensive study & practice of cool-climate wine making in Niagara. Mike joins our team with a WSET Advanced Certification and multiple harvests at some of Niagara’s best cool-climate producers. He chose to join the Hidden Bench team to apply and share his knowledge in providing a memorable experience to our visitors in the tasting room, as well as providing logistical support to our licensee and distribution channels. In his spare time, he actively participates in Pug dog rescue, gardening all manner of heirloom fruits and vegetables, scouring the dining & drinking landscapes of Hamilton & Buffalo, drinking bourbon and good wine, and visiting, reading about, eating and cooking, all manner of Southern fare.
Vital Wine Stats:
Aha! Wine: 1991 Chateau d’Yquem
Favourite Pinot Noir Pairing: Hoppin John with Carolina Gold Rice & Sea Island Red Pea Gravy
Favourite Chardonnay Pairing: Campfire Roasted Marshmallows
Favourite Riesling Pairing: Scallop Ceviche & Corn Tortilla Chips with Queso Fresco
Favourite HB wine: Nuit Blanche