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Our Team

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    Eric Dubourg

    Born and raised in Bordeaux, France. Eric was not born into the field of wine but became acquainted with it upon moving to the U.S. 13 years ago to work for Marie Brizzard imports in various east coast markets. Through experience and timing, Eric founded Wineberry 7 years ago and continues to seek the growth and development of sourcing incredible wines from inspiring producers and presenting these wines to curious, skilled palates all over the U.S.

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    Gérard Dubourg

    Gérard grew up in France and currently resides in Bordeaux. With Gérard’s extensive background in freight logistics, he utilizes his experience and know-how to expertly manage supplier relations and freight logistics in France. With Wineberry’s structure and philosophy, Gérard is an integral part of ‘making it happen’ for the importation of our wines.

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    Valerie McDaniel

    Born and raised near the coast and rolling hills of Southern California. After studying Culinary Arts, became a Pastry Chef for 6 years and evolved her love of flavor, precision, and presentation into cultivating knowledge, experiences, and a deeper curiosity for the vast world of wine. Valerie joined Wineberry in 2010 and currently oversees NY and national operations, freight logistics, daily operations as well consulting with the growth and development of Wineberry.

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    Michael Rigney

    Originally from Westchester, New York, Michael spent time in Rome and Boston before returning to New York City. He’s fluent in Italian and his favorite wine region is Piedmont. Michael joined Wineberry in 2012 and is focused on fostering and establishing a connection between our growers and those that showcase their wines.

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    Carlos Perez

    Carlos joined the Wineberry team in the Summer of 2011. Born & raised in Puerto Rico, Carlos’s naturally sunny disposition (but careful, he is a Scorpio!) adds something special to Wineberry’s deliveries and warehouse management. Carlos enjoys his quality moments with family and friends, dancing, eating & drinking (Coors light is preferred) Also an avid NY Sports Fan, Carlos will often be seen sporting gear for the Mets, Nicks, and Jets.

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    Mark D. Smith

    Mark joined Wineberry in January 2015, after a few years in wine retail management and working as a sommelier. Mark hails from Ireland originally, and found his wine career after many years working in technology marketing in Boston and New York. Mark loves traveling to wine regions to meet the growers and enjoy the local food and wine.

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    Louisa Makouf

    Originally from Provence in France, Louisa joined the Wineberry team in December 2015 after working the harvest at Château Mont Thabor, in Châteauneuf du Pape. Specializing in freight forwarding, she decided apply her operational skills in the wine field, having become more passionate about wine following her experience in Rhône vineyards. Thanks to this experience she was introduced to the Wineberry team, where she assists with the day-to-day operations, and long term development projects.