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Michael Wu (Founder / Managing Director)

Mike first met Linden 4 years ago at a wine dinner in Hong Kong and was immediately impressed by his encyclopedia-like wine knowledge and genuine character. Back then Mike was at his 8th year at Goldman Sachs, leading a team of equity option traders covering Asian indices. He was doing well and quite content with life, but deep inside he always had this passion and curiosity for wines, to the point where he would spend any free hours learning, reading, collecting and tasting wines. He knew he was destined to be involved in wines - he just didn’t know when and how. His calling came when Linden asked him to join The Fine Wine Experience. It wasn’t an easy decision to leave his well-paying finance job behind (especially for someone who understand risk/reward so well from his trading job), but it was one he must make. Got to love what you do – you only live once.

He first caught the wine bug back in his college days when he signed up for “Introduction to Wines” at Cornell University. No it wasn’t a Petrus 90, Haut Brion 89 or La Tache that started it all. He actually drank Finger Lake Riesling and Napa Cabs throughout college, then spent a few years trying many high-scoring Bordeaux and Rhone, and eventually fell addicted to Burgundy. Throughout the years he has devoted significant amount of time to wines: attending multiple wine dinners a week, digging through hundreds of wine offers and trying to identify the best deals (trader’s mindset), and spending literally all his vacation days traveling the wine regions and attending key events around the world: La Paulee, Hospices de Beaune, German VDP Riesling auction, Allen Meadows Masterclass, Divino in Tuscany, etc. Ever since he got his first bonus in 2005, Mike would spend majority of it buying more wines…yes sometimes passion and addiction can be a fine line. He has since accumulated a wine portfolio of over 12,000 bottles, mostly for self-consumption and sharing amongst friends.

Mike is constantly in sync with wine market trends and understands what the local market wants - our wine list is a true testimony. He is eager to taste all the best wines of world, because as much as wines are now treated as collectible items, they are meant to be drunk and enjoyed. Afterall it is all about the fine wine experience ;)

Mike was born and raised in Hong Kong. He holds Bachelor degrees in Economics and Psychology, and a Master degree in Financial Engineering from Cornell University. He also holds a Level 3 Advanced Certificate from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust.

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