I have known Mike Blake for several years and recommend him highly for wine events and classes. Mike and I became acquainted when we were students in Level 3 classes with Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET) in Boston. We became study partners and have remained friends ever since. Mike is driven by his love of wine and all that it requires. He not only enjoys tasting, studying and working with wine, but he is constantly improving and educating himself by taking classes and broadening his knowledge. I am impressed with how often Mike makes the effort to visit and become familiar with wineries throughout California while he is here. He puts the rest of us to shame! I have worked as a Wine Educator in the Napa Valley for seven years; five of those were at Robert Mondavi Winery. When I heard that my former supervisor was looking for seasonal Wine Educators at Robert Mondavi, I recommended Mike, knowing that he was looking for this particular type of work. He was hired, and for the past two years has been a resounding success. The management at Mondavi values his expertise in wine in addition to his friendly and welcoming manner. Consequently, they have expanded his job requirements and trust him with important and specialized groups. Mike’s love of wine is clearly evident in his work as is his experience and expertise. He would be a valuable addition to any wine event.
Rebecca F. Miller, Diploma WSET
Wine Educator, Davies Vineyards
St. Helena, CA