In the spring of 2005 Michael changed career paths, transitioning from voice-over work and radio personality to found and become the head writer (and all around Grape Guy) of OntarioWineReview.com. Since that time Michael has been recognized both by his peers and the industry winning awards for following his wine-passions (Promoting the Promoters Award Cuvee 2010 & Ontario Wine Awards Journalist of the Year 2012). At the 2009 Tasting Challenge held annually in Toronto (and the last one he participated in) Michael placed a very respectable 4th against 250 amateur and professional winos. Michael is also a past-President of the Wine Writers' Circle of Canada (2010-2015).
At one point Michael not only had his own website but maintained (at peak) 7 blogs on the subject of wine. With the launch of his new site (MichaelPinkusWineReview.com) Michael has been able to return many of the off-site blogs back home to the main site … only his On The Road blog remains as an external forum.
Michael is the wine columnist for Quench (formerly Tidings), GoodLife, Ottawa Life and Grand magazines as well as a regular contributor to Grapevine magazine ... his reviews are also regularly picked up by the LCBO’s Vintages magazine.
Michael was a monthly guest on Rogers Television, Oshawa, as their wine correspondent, as well as returning to his radio roots, appearing on Terry David Mulligan’s radio wine show “The Tasting Room”, and producing a Weekly Wine segment for radio station CHOK in Sarnia. Today Michael maintains his own YouTube channel and produces a weekly review about Ontario wines - an international version is not far behind.
Michael has also judged wine competitions both nationally and internationally (Ontario Wine Awards; All Canadian Wine Championships; Best of Riesling - Germany; and Essencia do Vinho "Top Wines of Portugal" – Portugal … just to name a few).
Michael provides a variety of wine related services that might be of interest to you and/or your company or organization. He teaches classes (thru Ryerson and the Toronto District School Board), gives lectures, leads seminars, hosts parties (both corporate and private), sets up tours, consults, judges, gives interviews, broadcasts, podcasts and, of course, writes. His public speaking presentations are interactive, exciting and fun. His columns are thought provoking, heartfelt and always entertaining.
Whatever he does, it is Michael’s desire to educate, inspire and encourage others to grow their own love, passion and enthusiasm for wine – with the end result to realize that it is their palate that ultimately makes the decision. Follow Michael on all forms of social media (Facebook / Twitter / Pinterest) as well as right here on the website as he visits wineries and tastes wines from at home and around the world. You’ll soon learn that Michael Pinkus is the Grapest Guy to know.
Michael Pinkus was president of the Wine Writers Circle of Canada. (2010 - 2015)