Mike Ward is a Certified Sommelier, Certified Specialist of Spirits, Certified Wine Educator and has successfully completed the Wine and Spirits Education Trust Level 2 Intermediate exam. Mike completed certification at the Napa Valley Wine Educators Academy. His passion and expertise have led him to become a member of the Society of Wine Educators.
Mike began his career in the restaurant industry managing such establishments as Mike Duffy’s Pub and Grill, Remy’s Kitchen and Wine Bar and Cafe Eau and Eau Bistro in the St. Louis Chase Park Plaza. He also served as Director of Purchasing at The St. Louis Adam’s Mark Hotel and Food and Beverage Director at The River Port Doubletree Hotel. From early on, Mike had a fascination with and a passion for all things wine. This fascination and passion led him to his position as Missouri State Wine Educator for Major Brands, Inc. a distributorship in St. Louis. Ward on Wine was founded in 2014 when Mike made the decision to branch out on his own.
Mike’s philosophy is that wine is not only to be paired with food, it is to be paired with people. There is a wine out there for everyone, no matter what their story may be. Wine is to be celebrated, respected and enjoyed. There is a wine for every occasion, every journey, every place in time. Ward on Wine is designed to help you discover those wines, learn about those wines and share those wines.