Lecturer, Wine Business
Mike Kush teaches in the Online Certificate in Wine Business Management. He is owner and winemaker at Chicago-based Chasing Harvest, a boutique project of high-quality wines from Central Otago, New Zealand, and Douro, Portugal. Manage all activities related to the production, distribution, sales and marketing, finance/accounting, and ensuring regulatory compliance across three continents. Prior to this project, Mike was the winemaker at Alexandra Vintners in New Zealand and Quinta do Costa do Pinhao in Portugal, and prior to that worked as Production Assistant, Enologist, Assistant Winemaker, Vintage Winemaker across 5 continents and 7 countries including:
Shaky Bridge Vineyards, Alexandra, New Zealand 2014 - 2016; South Island Vintners, Cromwell, New Zealand; 2009- 2013; Weingut Heinz Schneider, Mosel, Germany 2009; Domaine Jean Chartron, Puligny-Montrachet, France 2009; Marlborough Vintners, Marlborough, New Zealand 2009; Saronsberg, Tulbaugh, South Africa 2009; Pellegrini Family Winery, Santa Rosa, CA 2008; Vina Cobos, Mendoza, Argentina 2008; Niepoort Wines, Douro Valley, Portugal 2007; Kim Crawford Winery, Marlborough, New Zealand 2007; Alderbrook Winery, Healdsburg, CA 2006.