In 1977, after graduating from University, Michael took a job waiting on tables at Windows on the World. During his stint at Windows, he became assistant to the sommelier, Kevin Zraly. At the time, Windows was at the forefront of the US wine scene. As assistant sommelier Michael had the opportunity to taste thousands of wines from Window’s extensive cellars, including all the Classified growth Bordeaux and Cru Burgundies all the way back to the 1900 vintage. Michael left Windows in 1980 and worked as a wine sales consultant on the streets of Manhattan for a wine distributor! Soon after that, in 1982 Michael accepted a position as national sales manager for the Clos de Tart, overseeing their national distribution, traveling extensively to markets throughout the United States to promote the fine wines of Burgundy.
In 1987, with a few dollars and a commitment to excellence, he founded Michael Skurnik Wines (now Skurnik Wines & Spirits) and began selling a few boutique wineries from California. The rest is history. The business grew rapidly, enjoying double digit growth each year and now 32 years later, Skurnik Wines represents a well curated, hand picked, diversified portfolio of over 500 wineries & distillers from all over the wine & spirits world, employs 140 people, and does a turnover of $135M/annually.