Michael is the Senior Wine Educator for Approach Guides Wine, contributing content to their online, e-book, and application products. He is a graduate of the University of Oregon, holds both the Certified Specialist of Wine and the Certified Wine Educator designations from the Society of Wine Educators, an international organization dedicated to the promotion of wine knowledge. Michael has sat on the Board of Directors for the Society, as well as being the Chairperson of the By-Laws Committee, and Co-Chairperson of the Membership Committee.
He also holds the Higher Certificate from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust, of London; and has been an instructor for the WSET at both the Certificate and Higher Certificate levels. He is currently studying for his WSET Diploma level exams. In October of 2011, he became a Certified Sherry Educator, after attending and successfully completing the course of study given by the Consejo Regulado of Jerez as well as being awarded the Center for Wine Origins Wine Location Specialist. Michael has lectured extensively, in the United States, as well as internationally on a wide variety of wine related subjects. He often speaks at the national conferences for the American Wine Society, the Society of Wine Educators, and other food and wine organizations.