Michael & Terri Klauber
Wine Expert, Critic and Restaurateur
The Klauber family is known as exceptional hosts and experts in the world of hospitality!
Michael Klauber is a seasoned, award-winning restaurateur and wine professional with over 30 years experience in all aspects the restaurant and retail wine & spirits industry.
Michael and his wife Terri are avid world travelers and have hosted numerous in-depth culinary and wine-focused Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club. The annual Connoisseur Club trips, open to all current or future Club members, have explored the culinary landscape in South Africa, Chile, Argentina, Southeast Asia, the Baltic, Russia, France, Spain, Napa Valley and New Zealand, experienced the region’s most renowned wineries on each expertly-escorted trip.
Michael is co-proprietor of Michael’s On East, Sarasota’s most renowned fine dining establishment, which is a member of The Fine Dining Hall of Fame by Nation’s Restaurant News, Florida’s Trend’s Golden Spoon Hall of Fame member and Sarasota’s Only AAA Four Diamond Award Restaurant, a distinction the restaurant has held for 27 consecutive years. Michael’s On East has received the award of excellence for the Wine Spectator for over 25 years.
Michael is also co-proprietor of Michael’s Wine Cellar and MichaelsWineCellar.com one of the most respected wine and spirits retailers in Florida and online. He has been a professional wine judge for over 30+ years, participating in extensive tastings around the world. Michael was also co-founder of regional chapters of La Chaine des Rotisseurs, Chevaliers du Tastevin and the Commanderie de Bordeaux.
Michael has helped to establish the Sarasota area’s largest wine and food festivals, serves on the board for Visit Sarasota County and is co-founder of the Sarasota-Manatee Originals, a group of more than 50 independent restaurants throughout Sarasota and Manatee Counties which encourages everyone to “Eat Like A Local.”
Residents of Downtown Sarasota, Michael and Terri frequently lend their talents, hospitality and support to local nonprofit organizations and enjoy being part of such a thriving cultural community. The Klaubers are personally involved as volunteers with numerous community organizations; however, their true passion is helping friends and clients discover a passion for the culinary heritage of the world’s most exotic food and wine destinations.