Featured User: Michael Mathews

Michael Mathews is a SVP & Chief Information Officer for a publicly traded company in the Twin Cities, MN. At his core, he's an entrepreneur, a technologist and overall transformative leader who just loves getting things done and winning. He has held various executive positions throughout his career, including founding and serving as the CEO of The Infology Group, a boutique management consulting company. He has had the great life fortune to live and work in Sydney, Johannesburg, London and Geneva, as well as visit nearly every corner of the world. He is thankful because he and his family have countless experiences and memories enjoying the cultures, the people, the food and wines of the globe.…what a wonderfully small, yet so very expansive world. He’s been married to his wife, Michele, for 23 years and has two great young boys, Theo (12) and Chaz (8). They’re a golfing family and love to travel the world. He has a degree in business administration, marketing and decision sciences from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and it probably goes without saying, he loves to cook, entertain and share a glass of wine with family and friends! Delectable: What sparked your passion for wine? Michael Mathews: I grew up with a wonderful family, predominantly Italian, Sicilian to be specific. My love of family, food and wine was (and remains today) always a major theme in my life. I simply grew up in a house where real living and entertaining happened on a very regular cadence. Week nights, weekends, and most certainly Sundays were the days we enjoyed most. The table was never short for food, the glass never empty of wine and the entire house was filled with stories after stories. The spark, the passion for wine came to me as young boy, not as something to drink, but more as a signal of what was always to come without fail. Still today, I can see and hear my grandfather popping a cork from a bottle of wine, and I always knew within minutes of that sound, the glasses of the family and friends would clink, the pasta and meatballs would appear on the table, and the laughter and smiles would simply take over the room. D: What wine region are you wild about right now? MM: I’m really excited about Paso Robles . I’ve never been, but will be heading there in the fall with my wife and five other couples for a nice long weekend of some great tastings. We’re scheduled to see Epoch , Dauo , L’Aventure , Herman Story , Turley , Cordant/Nelle , Law Estate and a few more… D: What is the most unusual wine you’ve ever tried? MM: A Sparkling Shiraz - The Black NV from St. Hallet from the Barossa Valley of Australia. This is a wine made from their flagship, Old Block Shiraz vines — luxurious juice, but it is finished and bottled under pressure and created in the likeness of a champaign. Best served chilled, and while not for everyone, it’s a unique and decadent treat. D: What is your golden rule for wine? MM: Drink what you like! Don’t worry about labels, price or any of the stuff that really doesn’t matter — simply find something you enjoy, and enjoy it! D: Say you’re not allowed to have wine, what is your second option? MM: I’m fairly simply…a vodka soda with a little lemon and lime, on the rocks. D: Choose a movie, book, quote, or song and pair it with a wine MM: Cakebread Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon and the Godfather - the original. No matter how many times you’ve had it, no matter how many times you see it, it’s always just as good as the first time! D: If you were a wine, what wine would you be? MM: I’d be a Cabernet Franc ….big, hearty, and fun…can surely stand on its own, but loves to be blended with others and hopefully always brings a little something special to everything it encounters!

Pax Mahle Wines

Pax Quail Run Vineyard Valdiguié 2017

Picking up a little pepper, lots of soft cedar on the nose. This wine is soft and super easy drinking. Perfect to warm up the palate for the night!! — 2 months ago

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@Michael Mathews Michael Great boo on you sound like an interesting person. From BC Cheers 🍷
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Thanks. Much appreciated! Looking forward to meeting this amazing crew soon....somewhere....
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@Michael Mathews Michael make that bio Cheers 🍷

Orin Swift

8 Years in the Desert Zinfandel Blend 2017

I’m so glad I can find this right now.....this is a great blend. Huge fan of Zins....and this will not disappoint. Welcome back!! — 3 months ago

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Haven’t opened one yet @Michael Mathews - enjoyed?
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So delicious thank you @Michael Mathews for parting with a glass of nectar of the Gods.

Pillow Road Vineyard

Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2014

Lovely Pinot. Compliments of @Michael Jonczyk while @Medina golf & Country Club ... — 4 months ago

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Silver Oak

Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Big 47 today. Hanging with the family @Bacio celebrating MN winters getting very tough. Lots of snow today, but it’s ok. We’re inside, drinking wine, eating great food!! — 3 months ago

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Happy Birthday! Cheers

Epoch Estate Wines

Block B Paso Robles Syrah 2010

This is approaching ‘epoch’ on another level. No pun. No shit. We have several wines on deck as we begin an amazing night!! Thanks @Jeff Hennike for an amazing Block B. Beautiful. — 3 months ago

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Jack Daniel's

No. 27 Gold Double Barreled Tennesse Whiskey 2018

Oh boy. @Michael Jonczyk opening a special bottle - so soft, warm - just gorgeous. #Family Enough said. — 4 months ago

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Whetstone Wine Cellars

Pleasant Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016

On to Whetstone! Pleasant Hill, well, pleasant....taking the hill. Our Whetstone family - @Kirk Feyereisen @Jeff Hennike @Mike Rettke @Michael Jonczyk New Year’s Eve off to a roaring start. Hanging with my brother, his family and the Jonczyks. #Epic — 5 months ago

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Going big @Michael Mathews 🍷
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Have fun big sexy. Looking like you are staring the night off in grand fashion.

Saxum

James Berry Vineyard Grenache Blend 2015

This is on the cusp of one my favorite wines of all times. Gifted to me a while ago from a very dear friend, @Jeff Hennike ....spending the evening with the Hennikes and Mirviss-es. Simply divine. — 3 months ago

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Definitely looking forward to tasting this one day!

Barnett Vineyards

Spring Mountain District Cabernet Franc 2016

Another great wine....should have had this pre the block B, but still a sexy cab franc. — 3 months ago

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So darn tasty. Smooth and mello but with a lovely. Thanks @Michael Mathews Love u bud

Pax

Sonoma Coast Gamay Noir 2016

Oh what a New Year’s Eve day....little 2016 Pax Noir to go with some spicy sausage meatballs and stuffed Italian peppers. To start the day. Homemade pizzas going in the Pronto oven later tonight!! Thanks to @Kirk Feyereisen for this great bottle. Shout out to my Palm Springs crew and to all my wino friends....happy new year!! — 5 months ago

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@Michael Mathews Sounds like Life is good. Have a great New Year Cheers 🍷
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Glad you like it @Michael Mathews here’s to many wines enjoyed together in 2019!
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@Kirk Feyereisen happy New Years