Mike Wine Guy

(818)848-2721 611 E Santa Anita Ave # H
Burbank, CA 91501-2426
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  • MY FIRST VISIT TO BERN'S STEAKHOUSE - Tampa (4/8/2017)Like any true wine geek when I was informed of a trade show in Tampa my first thought was "I'm making reservations at Bern's." I have friends who live in Tampa about 3 min from the restaurant so we hooked up for a fun three top. Rachel came recommended as a Somm so I requested her in advance.... Read More

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  • Term comes from it's namesake Mike Pobega. He's a wine guy in NYC who is renowned for opening a new release cab the minute the UPS driver arrives at the door so he can get an early look. Read More

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  • Mike makes his wines for near term drinking. He always tells me "People like flavor. People drink flavor. People buy flavor."  While he's a guy that enjoys aged Barolo and Burgundy he is first off a winemaker who has to sell his wine. Library bottles and excessive back bintage inventory do not make you money. When people know your wine will age ... Read More

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  • Just got another box of Mike Smith's wines, and have noticed the ABV's are in a reasonable space for today's super ripe Napa market. Maybe it's just the wines I tend to buy from Mike's labels, as he has said he likes the challenge of making higher ABV wines drink in a balanced way.This could have been a PM to OT, but I figured others would be in... Read More

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  • My big day mixing in the wine world as I've kind of helped break this news, owing to a friend of mine who is close to Laurent Ponsot. Same friend from the Netherlands who GregT and I tasted with in San Diego. Anyhow, Peter from WS contacted me this morning for info and I was able to speak with him right after he spoke to Laurent and before the s... Read More

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  • Here's a thought worth discussing. Why do people buy current release wines, mostly Cali cabs and Bordeaux, that are more expensive than properly mature bottles of the same wine?Let me take a shot at this, and this is along lines similar to Outthere's response.Because it's easy.You know I'm an iconoclast, Greg.  I truly believe that many people d... Read More

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  • Greg, you were right when you said it's tough to keep a forum going. Though this does seem to be an especially slow week all over the place...on the road, in business, etc. good to see people take some time out.  Read More

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  • "We don't need an "Oh, yeah?  Well take a look at this" thread."I disagree. We do it with wine, why not with injuries, especially when they have some relation to wine?"blessures de combat"... fingers lost from sabering, headwounds from hitting doorjambs after too much wine, black eyes from saying the wrong thing to the wrong guy at a bar, handpr... Read More

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  • Mike did that with his own wines, which he tastes every day.  I imagine he could do it with some others as well.  And I can imagine that GregT can do that with Riojas because he tastes a lot of them, does so frequently, and pays a lot of attention to them.  But there's a real limit to human perception. Note that GregT cannot do the same with tho... Read More

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  • This book looks enticing but was looking for feedback from anyone who may have read it. Thanks Read More

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