The Black Wine Guy Experience

11/22/2021

Dan In Real Life. Dan Petroski’s Massican Mission to Create Meaningful Impact in the World

Ep. 49
MJ’s guest is a winemaker and the founder of Massican Wines, Dan Petroski. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY where he went on to play football at Columbia. He went on to work for Time Inc. while also studying for his MBA at NYU, both ingredients for a promising future in magazine publishing. Dan began his wine education literally winning and dining clients around Manhattan’s best restaurants. He set off for Sicily, where he interned at Valle dell’Acate for a year. Dan originally intended to return to NYC to sell wine, but later received a harvest invitation in 2006 in Napa Valley. Not long after that, Petroski was hired as cellar master, ultimately claiming the Larkmead winemaker title in 2012. In 2009, Dan launched his own wine business called Massican, which specializes in Italian inspired white wines. Massican is a one-man operation where Dan manages all winemaking, sales and marketing. In July of 2020 Dan went back to his digital media roots launching Massican Magazine online. Petroski's approach and ability to craft wines as diverse as Cabernet Sauvignon and Tocai Friulano has earned him the recognition as San Francisco Chronicle’s Winemaker of the Year in 2017On this episode, MJ and Dan enjoy a beautiful bottle of Fiorano Boncampagni Ludovisi, while discussing Dan’s unlikely start to a decorated and fulfilling career in wine, his once in a lifetime winemaking education in Sicily, his time at Larkmead, starting his own business at Massican, and fighting climate change on the front lines! Period. Cheers!
11/15/2021

You're Gonna Make It After All: Kelly Mitchell's Journey from Finance to Fine Wine.

Season 3, Ep. 48
MJ’s guest is wine specialist and salesperson, consultant, and educator, Kelly Mitchell. Kelly was named on Wine Enthusiast’s 2021 40 Under 40 Tastemakers list, and named a “Rising Black Voice in Wine” by Wine & Spirits Magazine, appearing on its October 2020 cover. Kelly is a sales representative for Skurnik Wines & Spirits.In 2016, Kelly founded her consulting company, Kelly Mitchell Wine to focus on the wine needs of consumers. She has been an event sommelier at the James Beard House. In April 2020, Kelly launched Kelly Selects, in partnership with online wine retailer, Wired for Wine. She is currently completing her WSET Level 3 Advanced in wine education from the International Wine Center. Kelly is a member of Black Wine Professionals and a mentor for Wine Unify. She has been featured in Sevenfifty Daily, Cosmopolitan, Martha Stewart Living, Forbes, Wine Enthusiast, NBC News, Vine Pair and has appeared as a guest on several podcasts.On this episode, MJ and Kelly don’t only enjoy a beautiful bottle of GermanRiesling but discuss Kelly’s childhood in Somerset, New Jersey; college life at Spellman and Stanford, and what’s going on in the wine industry today: the celebrity culture around wine, the importance of exploring wine via tasting, and mentorship in the wine industry, including the work she has done and continues to do for Wine Unify. Settle into this fun episode of reminiscing and love for wine. Period. Cheers!A huge thank you to Kelly Mitchel!Follow her on IG at @kellymitchellwineGet more of Kelly Mitchell at https://www.kellymitchellwine.com/This episode’s in studio wine:Von Winning Grainhubel Riesling Grosses Gewachs 2018______________________________________________________________Until next time, cheers to the mavericks, philosophers, deep thinkers, and wine drinkers!Don’t forget to subscribe and be sure to give The Black Wine Guy Experience a five-star review on whichever platform you listen to.For insider info from MJ and exclusive content from the show sign up atBlackwineguy.comFollow MJ @blackwineguyThank you to our sponsor: Paso Robles Wine Country. Paso Robles is a region with so many diverse microclimates that allows for a stunning array of grapes to thrive in. It’s made up of over 200 family-owned wineries, making a beautiful variety of wines.Learn more at https://pasowine.com/Tune in to their podcast Where the Wine Takes You - which explores the people, places and wines of Paso Robles Wine Country!https://pasowine.com/where-wine-takes-you/Huge shout out to our sponsor: 56 Degree Wines. Are you looking for extraordinary new wines that have been tasted and approved by professionals with over 40 years of combined experience? Then you have to check out 56degreewine.com. Joe Bembry and his grand crew at the shop do all the heavy lifting for you by vetting every wine on their shelves. Authentic, Artisanal wines.https://www.56degreewine.com/Use the code “MJ” when you check out to save 15% off your first order.Love this podcast? Love the cool content? Get a producer like mine by reaching out to the badass team at Necessary Media.www.necessarymediaproductions.com@necessary_media_
11/9/2021

“You Talk’n to Me?” Drew Nieporent on Longevity and Relevance in the NYC Restaurant Scene.

Season 3, Ep. 47
Born and raised in Manhattan, Drew started down his road to restauranteur as a young man in the 1960s. He went on to earn a degree from the School of Hotel Management at Ivy league, Cornell University while working on cruise ships. By 1985 he had opened his first restaurant, Montrachet, which earned three stars from the NYTimes and a coveted Michelin star, keeping its rating for decades. Drew formed his first of many celebrity partnerships in 1990 when he opened Tribeca Grill in 1990 with Robert DeNiro. The now NY landmark restaurant attracted an all star roster of investors including Bill Murray, Sean Penn, and Mikhail Baryshnikov.Making 1994 a defining year in Nieporent’s decades long success story, he once again partnered with Robert DeNiro and renowned sushi chef, Nobu Matsuhisa, to open Nobu NYC, Next Door Nobu, and Nobu Fifty-Seven - all of which earned a three star rating from the NYTimes. And of course, Myriad's excellence in wine service is widely acknowledged and its only restaurant group to earn three coveted Grand Awards from Wine Spectator Magazine. In 2005, Myriad opened Crush Wine & Spirits, which was named the best new wine shop by Food & Wine Magazine. ​​MJ and Drew discuss Drew’s early years and how going out to dinner frequently in NYC with his father, a lawyer for the NYC State Liquor License Department, as a kid helped hone his eventual career path. Drew shares some of what it takes to have so many successful restaurants still open and thriving globally. This episode is packed with tales from a life lived truly without parallel.A huge thank you to Drew Nieporent!Follow him on IG at @drewnieporentCheck out Myriad restaurant group at https://www.myriadrestaurantgroup.com/This episode’s in studio wine:AlbarinoCorsica2018______________________________________________________________Until next time, cheers to the mavericks, philosophers, deep thinkers and wine drinkers!Don’t forget to subscribe and be sure to give The Black Wine Guy Experience a five-star review on whichever platform you listen to.For insider info from MJ and exclusive content from the show sign up atBlackwineguy.comFollow MJ @blackwineguyThank you to our sponsor: Paso Robles Wine Country. Paso Robles is a region with so many diverse microclimates that allows for a stunning array of grapes to thrive in. It’s made up of over 200 family owned wineries, making a beautiful variety of wines.Learn more at https://pasowine.com/Tune in to their podcast Where the Wine Takes You - which explores the people, places and wines of Paso Robles Wine Country!https://pasowine.com/where-wine-takes-you/Shout to our sponsor: 56 Degree Wines. Are you looking for extraordinary new wines that have been tasted and approved by professionals with over 40 years combined experience? Then you have to check out 56degreewine.com. Joe Bembry and his grand crew at the shop do all the heavy lifting for you by vetting every wine on their shelves. https://www.56degreewine.com/Use the code “MJ” when you check out to save 15% off your first order.Love this podcast? Love the cool content? Get a producer like mine by reaching out to the badass team at Necessary Media.www.necessarymediaproductions.com@necessary_media_
11/1/2021

The BYOB King! How Mark Iacono built Lucali's into an NYC institution brick by brick and bottle by bottle

Ep. 46
The BYOB King! How Mark Iacono built Lucali's into an NYC institution brick by brick and bottle by bottleMJ’s guest is a chef and owner of the one of the most sought after pizzerias in all of Brooklyn, Mark Iacono. Born and raised in Carroll Gardens, Mark Iacono grew up fully immersed in Italian American culture. He was a regular neighborhood kid. He enjoyed his grandmother’s cooking, playing centerfield, and trips to the local candy shop with his father. Then in 2006 without any experience in the culinary arts or restaurant business, Mark opened his now iconic pizzeria, Lucali - its location in the very same storefront of the candy shop his father had taken him to throughout his childhood. Lucali has become a B.Y.O.B. destination for wine collectors — the front window is lined with empty Burgundy bottles, including a 1971 La Tâche. Mark's clientele include the likes of Jay-Z and Beyonce, Paul McCartney, and David Beckham. Mark has appeared in New York Magazine, Insider, the Today Show, Late Night with Seth Meyers and Netflix’s Ugly Delicious. He hosted (3) seasons of Thrillist’s Really Dough? series.Mark and MJ discuss the possibilities of unexpected culinary education and running a business in your childhood neighborhood.A huge thank you to Mark IaconoCheck out his restaurant at www.lucalibrooklyn.comFollow them on IG @lucali_bkThis episode’s in studio wine:Le Redini2017 Tenuta degli Dei Dei Le Redini______________________________________________________________Until next time, cheers to the mavericks, philosophers, deep thinkers and wine drinkers!Don’t forget to subscribe and be sure to give The Black Wine Guy Experience a five-star review on whichever platform you listen to.For insider info from MJ and exclusive content from the show sign up atBlackwineguy.comFollow MJ @blackwineguyThank you to our sponsor Paso Robles, that region of wine country with many diverse microclimates that allows for a stunning array of grapes to thrive in. It’s made up of over 200 family owned wineries, making a beautiful variety of wines.Love this podcast? Love the cool content? Get a producer like mine by reaching out to the badass team at Necessary Media.www.necessarymediaproductions.com@necessary_media_
10/25/2021

Pittsburg Cambridge Back Again: Sarah Thomas’s East Coast Swing from Cambridge to Le Bernardin and Beyond!

Season 3, Ep. 45
MJ’s guest is veteran Sommelier, author and Co-Founder, and Chief Imaginator at Kalamata’s Kitchen, Sarah Thomas. Sarah was sommelier at acclaimed Le Bernardin. She is now the co-founder and Chief Imaginator at Kalamata’s Kitchen, where she brings together her lifelong passions for both food and books. The daughter of two south Indian immigrants, Sarah grew up in the rural town of Somerset, Pennsylvania, and was surrounded by food from a young age. She would spend summers in Kerala visiting her grandparents, forming some of her earliest food memories. While working at various restaurants in Pittsburgh and then at Le Bernardin, Sarah obtained the prestigious Advanced Sommelier certification and was featured in the popular SOMM film series. Through her storytelling work with Kalamata’s Kitchen, Sarah hopes to create a confident character that other children of color can see themselves in, while also encouraging all kids to look at different foods and cultures with a sense of curiosity and compassion.Sarah’s incredible passion for food, her Indian heritage and upbringing, shines through in her Kalmata’s Kitchen books, events, online travel guides and when she speaks, to children and adults alike. In this episode, MJ and Sarah talk about her chance encounter with sommelier and co-owner of the highly acclaimed Le Bernardin, alongside Chef Eric Ripert, Aldo Sohm... and how she landed a job that very day! The two also discuss her summers growing up in Kerala, India, how Kalamata’s Kitchen came to life, and the exciting projects she and co-founder Derek Wallace have in the works with Brian Grazer and Ron Howard’s Imagine Entertainment. This episode is packed with inspiration, jaw-dropping encounters and more. Grab a beautiful tall one and let’s toast to this!A huge thank you to Sara Thomas!Follow him on IG @ess_thomasCheck out Kalamata’s Kitchenhttps://www.kalamataskitchen.com/Follow them on Instagram @kalamataskitchenThis episode’s in studio wine:Chantereves Bourgone Hautes Cotes De Beaune 2019 ‘Paris L’Hopital’______________________________________________________________Until next time, cheers to the mavericks, philosophers, deep thinkers and wine drinkers!Don’t forget to subscribe and be sure to give The Black Wine Guy Experience a five-star review on whichever platform you listen to.For insider info from MJ and exclusive content from the show sign up atBlackwineguy.comFollow MJ @blackwineguyThank you to our sponsor Skurnik Wine and Spirits, one of the most trusted names in wine for the past 30 plus years. Check them out: https://www.skurnik.com/Love this podcast? Love the cool content? Get a producer like mine by reaching out to the badass team at Necessary Media.www.necessarymediaproductions.com@necessary_media_
10/18/2021

I Just Want to Fly: Landon Patterson's Journey from the LBC to DRC

Season 3, Ep. 44
MJ’s guest today is Sommelier, Wine Sales and Marketing Phenom and Chief Revenue Officer for Hundred Acres Wine Group, Landon Patterson. A native of Southern California, Patterson began his wine career as a Sommelier in Las Vegas, working with the venerable Wolfgang Puck at his signature restaurants on "The Strip". While there, he built a passion and a strong platform of knowledge focused on international luxury wines, with a specialty in wines from Italy and Spain. Patterson’s love of wine and natural ability to impart that passion to consumers, especially luxury customers, quickly lead him into the world of sales and marketing. Over the last 20 years, his deep knowledge of international and luxury wines seamlessly translated into working as a sales and marketing leader with small, US family-owned wine producers. Landon Patterson became a member of the Hundred Acre team at the beginning of 2013. Over the past eight years, he has managed all aspects of sales and marketing, which work hand-in-hand in driving revenue, and expanded the Hundred Acre portfolio of wines into 35 countries on 4 continents. When he’s not traveling the world for work - He’s also dog daddy to his beloved French Bulldog, Sigmund.MJ and Landon discuss Landon’s unconventional upbringing that ultimately cultivated his hustler mentality, ability to take a punch and get back up, and why he prefers to work with the passionate, the eccentric, and the manic. Landon outlines his unorthodox journey from being a Las Vegas waiter with no experience to being the best at what he does in the industry. Sharing some insights into Jayson Woodbridge’s philosophy with Hundred Acre Wine, MJ and Landon discuss the importance of patience and the benefits of not playing by the rules.A huge thank you to Landon Patterson!Follow him on IG @iatewhatCheck out Hundred Acre Wine: https://www.hundredacre.com/This episode’s in studio wines:2018 Hundred AcreArk Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon2018 Hundred AcreKayli Morgan Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon______________________________________________________________Until next time, cheers to the mavericks, philosophers, deep thinkers and wine drinkers!Don’t forget to subscribe and be sure to give The Black Wine Guy Experience a five-star review on whichever platform you listen to.For insider info from MJ and exclusive content from the show sign up atBlackwineguy.comFollow MJ @blackwineguyThank you to our sponsor Skurnik Wine and Spirits, one of the most trusted names in wine for the past 30 plus years. Check them out: https://www.skurnik.com/Love this podcast? Love the cool content? Get a producer like mine by reaching out to the badass team at Necessary Media.www.necessarymediaproductions.com@necessary_media_
9/27/2021

Been Around The World. Jeff Porter's Sips and Trips.

Season 3, Ep. 42
MJ’s guest is seasoned sommelier, wine educator and founder of Volcanic Selections, Jeff Porter. Jeff has been featured in numerous major food and wine publications, such as The New York Times, Los Angeles Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle, Eater and The Financial Times. Jeff’s sommelier career began in Napa Valley, where he worked at Tra Vigne Ristorante in St. Helena. He joined the Bastianich Hospitality Group in 2009 at Osteria Mozza under the auspice of James Beard Award winning chef Nancy Silverton. In 2011 he moved to New York to become the wine director for Del Posto. In 2014, Jeff became the Beverage Operations Director, overseeing the beverage programs for Babbo, Del Posto, Esca, Lupa, Otto, Babbo Pizzeria and more. In 2019, Jeff left the Bastianich group and began his consulting career and a web series about wine, life, and culture called Sip Trip. And in 2020, Jeff opened Volcanic Selections, an import and distribution business. Outside of beverages, Jeff is an avid at-home cook, doting father, passionate traveler, and a lover of all things barbecue.Jeff’s passion for food and wine comes through, literally, in this episode. Jeff is the first guest to bring a meal - burger and fries - to accompany his wine selection of A 2019 Dolcetto D’Alba and a 2013 Henskens Rankin of Tasmania Brut Rose’. Neither disappoint. Originally from Texas, Jeff understands a good meal, and it wasn’t until his college days - working at a German restaurant as a dishwasher - did he start to understand wine and all its beauty and complexities. MJ and Jeff have only just begun with this conversation, tackling items one by one such as how Jeff went from a small suburb north of Dallas to the inner city of Los Angeles working as a teacher for Teach for America, right out of UT-Austin. Jeff talks about the inspiration he gained from his father who gifted him WINE by Hugh Johnson; his time at Tra Vigne Ristorante and how he learned he had one job: make people happy; essentially throwing a party each and every night. It’s Part 1 with Jeff Porter, and it’s a juicy one.A huge thank you to Jeff Porter!Follow him on IG @drinkeatloveCheck out Volcanic Selectionshttps://volcanicselections.com/Follow them on IG @volcanicselectionsThis episode’s in studio wine:2013 Henskens Rankin of Tasmania Brut Rose’2019 Bartolo Mascarello Dolcetto d'Alba______________________________________________________________Until next time, cheers to the mavericks, philosophers, deep thinkers and wine drinkers!Don’t forget to subscribe and be sure to give The Black Wine Guy Experience a five-star review on whichever platform you listen to.For insider info from MJ and exclusive content from the show sign up atBlackwineguy.comFollow MJ @blackwineguyThank you to our sponsor Skurnik Wine and Spirits, one of the most trusted names in wine for the past 30 plus years. Check them out: https://www.skurnik.com/Love this podcast? Love the cool content? Get a producer like mine by reaching out to the badass team at Necessary Media.www.necessarymediaproductions.com@necessary_media_
9/20/2021

New Sensation! From Chef to Somm to Coveted Wine “Fixer”- Thatcher Baker-Briggs is Just Getting Started.

Season 3, Ep. 41
MJ’s guest is wine expert, sommelier and founder of Thatcher’s Wine Consulting, Thatcher Baker-Briggs. He has made a career of stepping outside his comfort zone, always pushing himself to learn and master something new. His professional trajectory boasts key positions in kitchens and dining rooms of some of the most influential restaurants in the world including: then three-Michelin starred Saison under Chef Joshua Skenes the highly regarded Takazawa in Tokyo, and at two-Michelin starred COI in San Francisco. It was in these distinguished training grounds that he gained the knowledge, tools and the reach to curate highly specialized wine services for collectors around the globe. And in April of 2019, he launched Thatcher’s Wine Consulting, an advisory and cellar management service for wine collectors and enthusiasts.In addition to sourcing rare wines, he takes great care in helping clients fill, refine and organize their cellars. With his consulting business based in the United States, Switzerland and Asia, Thatcher’s clients are leaders in a wide range of industries including technology, publishing, finance and politics and sports. MJ and Thatcher start unpacking his passion for all things culinary at the beginning with his expansive spice collection (while still in grade school!). Thatcher shares how pure focus, (bordering on obsession!) and determination got him his start in fine dining. From there, talent, drive and a deep understanding of the importance of relationships shaped Thatcher into the ultimate Ray Donovan of wine. A role that he channeled perfectly into his very successful wine consulting business, TWC. From Windsor to San Francisco to Tokyo and all stops in between Thatcher’s thirst for greatness is sure to inspire.A huge thank you to Thatcher Baker-Briggs!Follow him on IG @thatcherbakerbriggsCheck out his consulting services and learn more about his wine club: https://thatcherswineconsulting.com/Follow them on IG @thatcherswineconsultingThis episode’s in studio wine:KellerAbts ErdeRiesling 2016_____________________________________________________________Until next time, cheers to the mavericks, philosophers, deep thinkers and wine drinkers!Don’t forget to subscribe and be sure to give The Black Wine Guy Experience a five-star review on whichever platform you listen to.For insider info from MJ and exclusive content from the show sign up atBlackwineguy.comFollow MJ @blackwineguyThank you to our sponsor Skurnik Wine and Spirits, one of the most trusted names in wine for the past 30 plus years. Check them out: https://www.skurnik.com/Love this podcast? Love the cool content? Get a producer like mine by reaching out to the badass team at Necessary Media.www.necessarymediaproductions.com@necessary_media_