My mission is to share my life experiences and adventures so that with as many people as possible so that together we learn from the collective wisdoms. Thereby assisting others toward their missions.
One half of Pittsburgh's foremost food and beverage duo, Mike Gonze is the President of Dreadnought Imports Ltd., Pittsburgh's leading distributor of fine wine, spirits and sake, and Palate Partners School of Wine and Spirits in Lawrenceville.
Over the past 39 years, Mike and long-time business partner Deb Mortillaro have built Dreadnought Wines, which was founded by his brother, into one of the state's most respected importers and distributors. Together, they have taught and advised some of Pittsburgh's best restaurants and hospitality staff, as well as expanding the palates of general consumers. Dreadnought Wines has been fulfilling specialty orders of wine and spirits for restaurants, catering companies, businesses and the public for 42 years.
Mike’s extensive knowledge of wine and spirits comes from years of studying and traveling to renowned vineyards and wineries around the old and new worlds. He has certifications from the Wine Academy of Spain, the French Wine Academy and the Wine & Spirit Education Trust of London.
Originally from suburban New Jersey, Mike resides in Fineview community of Pittsburgh where he enjoys gardening, caring for four chickens and two cats, and pursuing a second career in real estate.