VINOtalk with John Jonna
VINOtalk is a new show from Uncorked Monthly where you’ll learn about all of the ancillary activities involved in wine, collecting, food pairing, and personalities behind the wine. Whether you’re just getting started with wine or work in the industry, you’ll enjoy and appreciate John’s approach to educating you on many topics including conducting featured interviews.
John Jonna began his climb to professional renown over 30 years ago, in 1970, as one of the founding partners of The Merchant of Vino. While building a seven-store chain that was to become Metro Detroit’s forerunner in gourmet food and wine, he unleashed his passion for specialty foods, cheeses, wine, beer and spirits that elevated the stores and himself to a recognized world-class status.
Over the years, as his knowledge, experience and diversity have grown his passion has never wavered. He constantly travels the world to discover new products and ideas to introduce to his loyal customers at home. In 1994 he founded Merchant’s Fine Wine, a company that has again garnered respect as one of the state’s leaders in education on foods, wine and specialty items of all kinds. He is a member of the Detroit Wine Society and frequently provides educational seminars at private institutions across the state. He has also served on the Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council Board. In 2007, John Jonna sold the Merchant’s Fine Wine chain to pursue a wine bar concept created by himself and his daughter. Together, they have opened two locations in metro Detroit, Vinotecca Wine Bar and Vinology Wine Bar and Restaurant. Both locations have been named “Best New Restaurant” in their respective cities and win numerous accolades and press for their superior food, service, and conceptual uniqueness.
Together, they have expanded their services over the past five years to include personal wine cellar creation and consulting. They custom design and fill cellars to meet each customer’s specific style and collecting goals and have become experts in evaluating aging wine and storage concerns in older cellars. In addition, they created Maya Management services in 2009. Maya Management is a full service restaurant operations and consulting service. In 2010, John’s son Vincent Jonna, CPA and experienced restaurateur joined the team as CFO. The three have become a formidable force in the local restaurant industry and are poised for expansion.
John Jonna is the consummate speaker, combining knowledge and humor in a manner which has put him in tremendous demand for both corporate and private tastings, as well as a host for wine tours and food classes around the world. Providing education in an entertaining format, he has successfully gained respect in the wine industry as an entrepreneur and leader in wine sales and education.