Mike Asimos is a Wine Importer, Exporter, and Wholesaler who lives out of Portland, Oregon. He started out his journey into this world as a wine enthusiast, leaving no particular blend behind, and decided to follow his passions wherever they would take him. He mainly works out of the Portland, Oregon area, but also is familiar with the majority of the West Coast wine country as a whole.
BusinessInterviews.com: What inspired you to launch your business?
Mike Asimos: I have always been interested in wine. For most people, it’s just another drink on the shelf, but ever since I learned how it was made, I had a mind shift. The time that’s invested by vintners, grape growers, harvesting and destemming each grape for a bottle of wine is extraordinary. I became more and more interested in the process and simply fell in love with wine.
BusinessInterviews.com: Do you have any recent success stories that you’d like to share with our readers?
Mike Asimos: Well 2016 was rather interesting for wine to say the least. From decoding the genome of Cabernet Sauvignon to taking strains of different vines to space to make them more resistant to climate change, last year was very profitable for the wine industry.
Many new wines were created that started an immediate demand. For example, a company called Gïk produced a blue wine that had been difficult to source, but created a huge increase in client acquisition in 2016. A lot of people are glad to see 2016 go, but for me, it was my best year yet!
BusinessInterviews.com: Do you consider yourself successful and by what means do you measure success?
Mike Asimos: I would say that my import and export business has been very successful recently. As a business man, I do measure success in terms of dollars and cents. But as a wine lover, my clients are happier than ever with the increasing variety of wines that people want to drink, store, and collect. At the end of the day, if my clients are happy, I’m happy – and that’s really how I measure success.