Michael Chelus is a life-long Western New Yorker. His passion and knowledge of wine derive from growing-up in an Italian-American family and his studies in Italy. His love of fine wine has led him to discover and become enamored with the wonders offered by the Lake Erie/Chautauqua Lake and Niagara wine making regions of New York State.

In addition to writing for NYCR, he shares his passion for fine wine, exceptional food and great craft beer on his blog, The Nittany Epicurean. I’ll bet you can guess where he went to college.

By day, Michael is an attorney and family man who resides with his family in Orchard Park, New York. When he’s not practicing law or writing for NYCR or his blog, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Nicole; daughters, Eva, Audrey and Harper; and son, Will.

Please join me in welcoming Michael to the team.