Reyes Selections began in 2017 as a way to rekindle relationships established during Martin’s time as wine director at GWC where he managed national programs including The New York Times Wine Club and Williams Sonoma Wine. Working with these wineries at GWC inadvertently built research for this future, self-owned portfolio which now represents producers Martin considers to be the “best” from a region. In addition to the endless, bygone hours of work & commerce that led to these selections, these producers have great wines and great stories and are considered as much friends as they are producers.
Today, Nysa Lane helms the day-to-day operation and growth of Reyes Selections. The latter also thanks to the support of Emily Bell, Founder of Pennsylvania-based Pip Imports & Domestics.
PIP Imports & Domestics, LLC.
This vertically-aligned broker, based in one of the most complex states to do business in, was founded by long-time friend and now colleague, Emily Bell. Within days of visiting Pennsylvania, it became clear she is one of the most respected wine professionals in the whole state. Her storied background includes roles as Director of Fine Wine with Majestic Wines & Spirits/Allied Beverage Group, Manager for Ehlers Estate in St. Helena, and she holds a culinary degree from the CIA at Greystone, Napa CA.
In a shocking display of grit (and some might say foolhardiness) Shelbi Herring founded Copa Fina Imports in 2009 with 14 bottles and a single wine bag. Today, Herring and her team represent over 200 limited-production wines from Europe, South America, and New Zealand. Other than growing into a highly respected importer with markets in over 20 states, Copa Fina’s focus has remained unchanged since Shelbi first jumped into the trade — the portfolio’s heart continues to be a thoughtful collection of small, family growers.
Copa Fina, much like Reyes Selections, offers the kind of wines “the locals drink” – wines that are incredible in value, diverse in style, and honest in spirit. These wineries care about all the details that go into a perfect bottle of wine; those same bottles are the pathway from their family vineyards to our friendly tables here at home.