Mikhail was born in Ukraine, during the Soviet period and moved to the United States with his family as a teenager. He grew up in Queens, where he still resides with his wife and son. He is an adjunct professor of Comparative Literature at Queens College and John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He became interested in wine in the early 2000s and quickly joined the online community as well as the busy New York City crowd. His personal wine journey began with the love for German Riesling, but it has evolved into an appreciation for various styles of wine – from the cooler climates like Oregon and the Northeast to the deeply structured wines of Italy and the lusty sherries of Southern Spain. While he enjoys writing and tasting wines, his true passion is photography. He is never without his trusty Nikon, trying to capture the emotion of the moment.