Get to Know Michael "Bucky" Buckelew - Ristorante del Lago Sommelier
Describe your beverage philosophy in one sentence:
Always searching to connect the acts of eating and drinking thoughtfully and mindfully.
What is your earliest beverage memory?
Pimping a six pack of Corona (before it was a big brand) at 14 at the corner Circle K in the California desert - going home and drinking three bottles and then sleeping like I never had before!
Who is or was your biggest influence?
When I was a very young sommelier I worked with a local salesman Charlie Keegan - he taught me the basics about wine and totally demystified it - he gave me the wine bug - I still have it and I'll never forget him.
What is your favorite beverage that most would consider to be a guilty pleasure?
Doing shots of organic Grade B maple syrup
After a long day, do you prefer wine, beer or a cocktail?
Money is no option – what is your drink of choice?
If money is no option then I could afford a time machine and travel back to the very beginning of human civilization - when agriculture took root 10,000 years ago - and drink the very first purposefully fermented beverage with the locals.