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Fine Wine Distributors | South Carolina

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You wouldn’t look to a fishmonger for stock tips, or to a stockbroker for seafood, so why would you go to anyone but a sommelier for wine? At Curated Selections, wine is what we love, what we drink, and what we’ve spent our lifetimes trying to understand. So when we combined efforts to showcase a stunning portfolio in which each individual offering shines as bright as the collective, we agreed upon only one thing: Above all else, wine.

As a team of South Carolina-based sommeliers, we’ve had the privilege of buying and selling wine for over 80 combined years, and our deep understanding of what wine buyers need to make their programs successful is part of our DNA. Only wines that meet our scrupulous standards while also providing unsurpassed value in their category make their way into our portfolio and then on to your lists or shelves.

Additionally, we truly understand what exemplary service means to the buyer and leave no detail untouched.  We are thoughtful in our approach in every aspect with the goal of showing the proper respect not only to our buyers and their patrons but also to our producers and importers.  This is a community and with a goal of working towards the common good, we all succeed.

“Wine, today as yesterday and tomorrow, continues to symbolize dual communion: on the one hand with nature and the soil, through the mystery of plant growth and the miracle of fermentation, and on the other with man, who wanted wine and was able to make it by means of knowledge, hard work, patience, care and love; for nothing worthwhile is achieved without love.”

-Emile Peynaud

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The wine’s quality must out-perform its price point.

The wine must be consistent with the style of the varietal and region that it is attempting to express.

The “package” must live up to the quality of the wine.

We must like the wine – we are a sommelier-driven wine distribution company that doesn’t compromise our standards and reputation.

“Wine is bottled poetry”

-Robert Louis Stevenson

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“Wine is one of the most civilized things in the world and one of the most natural things of the world that has been brought to the greatest perfection, and it offers a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation than, possibly, any other purely sensory thing.”

-Ernest Hemingway

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Patrick Emerson

Advanced Sommelier
Partner | Sales Director

An Englishman by birth, Advanced Somm Patrick Emerson grew up making elderberry/apple wine with his Mom, brewing ale with his Dad and drinking cheap Bordeaux with his mates at an early age.  A renaissance man who was once bitten by the Thespian bug that led to many hours of working behind the stick in Cape Town, New York and LA at all hours of the night, Patrick finally saw the light and traded in his greasepaint and tap shoes for that of Wine Warrior. He now thrives by pursuing his passion of the vine (more practical than treading the boards for his family) and has enjoyed fine vino for over 20 years.  Favorite regions include Burgundy, Champagne, Jura,  and Piedmont.

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Mal Jones

Certified Sommelier
Parter | Sales
Greater Charleston Area

Mal caught the wine bug while working for Trevi Italian restaurant in Asheville NC in 1999. For the past 15 years he has worked for numerous distribution houses focusing on sales and education. In 2003 he moved to Charleston SC to further pursue a career selling wine in the south’s most progressive food and beverage culture. He is a Certified Sommelier and holds the Advanced Certificate from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust.

Caitlin Veit

Sales
Greenville / Upstate

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James Alford

Sales
Columbia / Greenville / Upstate

James was born and raised in the Midlands, where he now lives with his wife and daughter. After spending an extravagant amount of other people’s money on a liberal arts education, he discovered a knack for articulating what makes wine wonderful, and decided that was for him. He has visited vineyards in several different countries, and is most interested in wine as a means of storytelling, but will also just drink it if you twist his arm.

Justin Razza

Certified Sommelier
Operations

Growing up in an Italian household, wine was a common part of life for Justin. But not until he put his nose in a glass of 2003 Oregon Pinot Noir did he truly fall in love with it. From that one glass of Pinot began an insatiable desire to know and taste and understand the different nuances of wine from all of the world. Since then Justin has worked in the front of the house of high-end restaurants to fulfill his need to learn about wine and have access to amazing bottles and incredible lists and be able to explore them and taste them and sell them. He has positioned himself in each restaurant to have as much hands-on access to the wine program as possible. What started as a personal quest to understand why one wine was so radically different from another, has turned into a bewitching captivation to learn as much as possible. He has now transitioned from the restaurant side of the wine industry to the distribution side of things to learn even more.

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Dan Wilson


Operations

Dan grew up in Columbia, S.C. In his early 20s, he left to pursue a career as a fine artist and illustrator in the North East, where he was hired as a freelance artist for the Franklin and Danbury Mints. Over the next 30 years, Dan executed numerous private oil commissions, did commemorative work, and illustrated many books under his pen name, Danner James. In that time, Dan also developed a keen interest in horticulture; especially the organic methods. It is from this interest, that Dan became interested in learning more about wine, grapes and the original growing practices still used in many parts of the world. Though art is still a major part of his life, Dan now takes only a select few commissions annually, allowing him more time with his wife and daughter, and to grow in his knowledge of wine and its rich history.
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Tripti Simback

Certified Sommelier
Partner | Operations

Tripti Simback first had her taste of wine at the age of 6 when she stole a bottle from her dad’s liquor stash- it was a screw top, sweet, ‘Madeira’ style Indian wine. It was probably the start of her wine adventures –  she has since travelled to several wine regions around the world, including to the remote town of Tokaji in Hungary, worked a harvest in Oregon, worked at wine store in Manhattan, launched a wine distribution company in North Carolina with her husband, has a WSET Advanced certification, is a Certified Sommelier and is currently studying for the Advanced. She also has an MBA in Supply Chain Mgmt, that comes in handy these days in the logistics of ordering wine. When not doing anything wine related, she can found at the movie theaters or checking out the art galleries in Charleston or trying to finish Marcel Proust’s “Remembrance of Things Past”.

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Kevin Simback

Certified Sommelier
Partner | Finance

Kevin is an experienced business executive and entrepreneur, but spends most of his free time obsessing over wines from Burgundy and Piedmont.  Kevin began his career at Nortel Networks and later became a management consultant with McKinsey & Co. before joining IBM in a variety of strategy and operations roles.  Along the way, he caught the wine bug and has been obsessed ever since.  He has since helped start several wine companies, including Vino Mondo, Curated Selections, Charleston Wine Vault and Isocline Ventures and he writes a wine industry blog called Wines & Dimes.  Kevin is a Certified Sommelier, Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charterholder and has an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University.