De Maison Selections

About Us

De Maison Selections is the exclusive US importer of exceptional wines, ciders, sherries and spirits from our family of independent producers in Spain and France. De Maison Selections was founded by André Tamers in 1996 upon his return from a three-year journey throughout Spain. The company was named in honor of his mother, whose family roots go back to Haute-Savoie in France. Her father had three daughters and the name De Maison was destined to disappear, which inspired the name of the company and resulted in the continuity of the De Maison family name.

The focus of our portfolio is representing exceptional family-held properties from Spain and France which are rooted in their land and show a respect for their ecology and heritage. The result is that all of our releases are imbued with a true, unique cultural stamp and authenticity. It is this originality of identity and intent which defines individual producers in crafting their expression of each wine, cider, sherry and spirit. The current generation of producers we represent perpetuate their families’ commitment to the sustainability of their culture and environment.

De Maison Selections maintains a similar cultural and regional approach to our importing, connecting our European growers with retailers and restaurateurs through our network of exceptional regional US distributors. Our commitment to these values extends to company-wide initiatives such as our solar powered home-office, cold-chain technology, creative and educational initiatives, philanthropy and progressive logistics, among others.

  • Alexander Wallace joined the De Maison team in 2007. After working for four years in the De Maison office in Chapel Hill, NC, he spent two years in France as De Maison’s European representative. Now back in the US, Alex manages the French portfolio, oversees the logistical operations of the company, and maintains relations with suppliers from our satellite office in California. Instagram
  • Having served in various sectors of the wine business since 1999, Steven Alexander brings a life-long passion and expertise for wine, gastronomy, history and travel to his work. With a background in fine dining, service, independent retail and fine-wine distribution, he utilizes his unique perspective to customize each experience for our clients. As a member if the De Maison Selections team since 2010, Steven leads our team’s strategic development, marketing, national and key accounts from our Chicago office. Instagram - Twitter
  • Having grown up in Napa Valley, Holly began exploring the culinary world early on, and knew that her love for food would inspire her life's work. Holly discovered that wine could change the experience of food, and even make it better, thus concluding, the two are inseparable! Holly has worked in all facets of the wine business, from winery to restaurant, retail, and finally distribution for the past seven years at Domaine Selections in Portland, OR, where she sold De Maison Selections wines. Holly is thrilled to be representing De Maison Selections in the western U.S. markets.
  • With a degree in International Studies and French Language, Philippe finished out his last semester of university in the Loire River Valley in France. From there, Philippe honed his French skills and gained an appreciation for the unlimited possibilities found in pairing wine with food (especially seafood!). Philippe has worked for De Maison since 2012 and has 2 harvests in Spain under his belt. He oversees the Southeast sales territory for De Maison.
  • It was fate that Andrea got bitten by the wine bug early from her first real culinary venture, waiting tables at Revival Grill while studying at UNCG. That experience turned into a passion for wine which carried her into restaurant management, catering, retail, and wholesale for over twenty years. Ever the student, she’s always thirsty for more knowledge. Let’s face it; there is always something new to learn in wine. With a passion for travel and finding the right match to every dish, she comes armed with enthusiasm. Andrea oversees sales for parts of the Midlantic and Northeast. Instagram
  • Kristen comes to us from the other side of the industry, spending many years working in restaurants as well as retail. Her love of wine blossomed when she found herself attending college in Portland Oregon where she was surround by top notch cuisine and world class vineyards. After returning to her home state of North Carolina, she continues her passion searching for the perfect food and wine pairing here at De Maison Selections.
  • Juan graduated from Appalachian State University in 2018 where he studied clinical psychology and exercise science. He comes from a background of team leadership experience and is a native Spanish speaker. He also follows sports and tech and has a newfound love of wine.
  • Lydia graduated from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2016 where she studied Psychology. She came to us a novice in all things wine but has quickly fallen in love with its ability to bring people together and transport them to new worlds. She works in the Chapel Hill office handling regulatory issues, sales analysis, and cold chain compliance. She really enjoys Excel.
  • Since starting at De Maison Selections in 2003 Christopher has worn many hats within the company. From order processing to logistics to collections to regulatory affairs, at some point Christopher has done it all. Today he serves as our IT Specialist. Putting his lifetime experience as a geek, in the traditional sense, and his degree in Art History from UNC to use in offering in-house tech support while designing, developing and producing our web and print materials.
  • French and American citizen with extensive experience on all levels of the wine trade, André Tamers started in the business in 1985 as buyer at a restaurant with a wine list of 150 selections. Having lived extensively in France, he decided to move to Spain for a change. In Spain he lived in Barcelona where he studied painting at the well-known Escola Eina. During this sabbatical period, he traveled extensively throughout the viticulture regions of Europe allowing him to nurture contacts in the winemaking world. André's fluency in both French and Spanish has been influential in discovering little-known producers. Twitter

De Maison Selections fue fundado en 1996 por André Tamers. La compañía esta especializada en la importación de productos originales y artesanales procedentes de Francia y España. A día de hoy España es el proveedor más importante con zonas donde todavía queda mucho por descubrir como Galicia y País Vasco.

El éxito de De Maison Selections es el resultado de un plan de marketing bien enfocado y una alta calidad de los productos seleccionados. De Maison Selections considera prioritario el desarrollo y establecimiento de marcas. El nivel de los contactos de De Maison Selections en todos los sectores del mundo del vino en Estados Unidos facilita una buena introducción de nuevos productos.

La Cartera

La cartera de De Maison Selections cuenta con un amplio surtido de bodegas. La selección incluye vinos de muy exclusiva y limitada naturaleza con un excepcional valor para el consumidor. De Maison Selections tiene contratos de exclusividad con todos sus proveedores y distribuye en más de treinta estados (ver pagina-Link). Esta diversidad permite a De Maison Selections tener una buena imagen de marca así como flexibilidad para su crecimiento y desarrollo a largo plazo.

  • Alexander Wallace a empezado con De Maison en 2007. Después de haber trabajado cuatro años en la oficina central de De Maison Selections en Carolina del Norte, Alexander Wallace fue dos años en Francia como representante en el continente europeo. Ahora de vuelta en los Estados Unidos, sus funciones incluyen manejar y desarollar la gama de vinos franceses, dirigir la logística para la empresa, y mantener relaciones con los productores. Instagram
  • Juan se graduó de la universidad de Appalachian State en el 2018, donde estudió psicología clínica y ciencia del ejercicio. El llega con experiencia en liderazgo de equipo, y el español es su lengua materna. También le encantan los deportes y la tecnología, y tiene un amor por el vino recién descubierto.
  • Kristen llega de el otro lado de la industria, con varios años trabajando en restaurantes y industria minorista. Si amor por el vino floreció cuando estaba en la universidad en Portland Oregon, donde estaba rodeada por cocina de primera clase, y viñedos de clase mundial. Después de regresar a su estado natal de North Carolina, ella a continuado su pasión por encontrar el emparejamiento perfecto de comida y vino en De Maison.
  • Lydia se graduó de la universidad de North Carolina en Chapel Hill en el 2016, donde estudió psicología. Ella llegó como una novicia al mundo del vino pero se a enamorado rápidamente con la capacidad del vino para unir a la gente y transportarlos a nuevos mundos. Ella trabaja en la oficina de Chapel Hill manejando cuestiones regulatorias, análisis de ventas, y conformidad de cadena de frío. Le encanta utilizar Excel.
  • Desde que empezó a trabajar a De Maison Selections, Christopher se ocupó de varias tareas. De la tramitación de los pedidos a la logística, de los cobros a los asuntos reguladores, Chris lo hizó todo en algún momento. Hoy en día Chris sirve de especialista de informatica y tenología. Utilizando su experencia de vida como geek y su licenciatura de historia del arte, Chris provee soporte técnico en la empresa para nuestro "huerto" de tecnología y diseña, desarolla, y produce nuestro sitio web y los materiales impresos.
  • Holly creció en Napa Valley, y allí empezó a explorar el mundo culinario. Ella supo que su amor por la comida inspiraría su trabajo en la vida. Holly descubrió que el vino puede cambiar la experiencia de la comida y mejorarla, y concluyó que los dos son inseparables! Holly a trabajado en todos aspectos del negocio del vino, de viñedos a restaurantes, ventas de vino, y finalmente 7 años en la distribución con la compañía Domaine Selections en Portland, OR, donde vendió vinos de De Maison Selections. Holly está emocionada por representar a De Maison Selections en el oeste de los Estados Unidos.
  • Habiendo trabajado in varios sectores de el negocio del vino desde 1999, Steven Alexander trae pasión y pericia por el vino hecho a mano y la gastronomía. Antes de trabajar en De Maison Selections, Steven era el director de vino en el restaurante Spiaggia en Chicago. Antes de trabajar en Spiaggia, Steven adquirió experiencia valiosa como gerente de el portafolio europeo para un mayorista; actuó como comprador de vinos europeos y educador en Sam’s Wine and Spirits; y fue un Sommelier en los restaurantes Moto and Bacaro en Illinois. Steven está orgulloso de representar a De Maison Selections en el este y medio oeste de los Estados Unidos. Instagram - Twitter
  • Con una licenciatura en estudios internacionales y el idioma francés, Philippe termino su último semestre escolar en la universidad Loire River Valley en Francia. De allí, Philippe mejoro sus habilidades del idioma francés y adquirió una apreciación por los emparejamientos ilimitados de el vino y la comía (especialmente los mariscos!). Philippe a trabajado para De Maison desde el 2012 y tiene experiencia con 2 cosechas en España. El está encargado de las ventas en el sureste de los Estados Unidos.
  • It was fate that Andrea got bitten by the wine bug early from her first real culinary venture, waiting tables at Revival Grill while studying at UNCG. That experience turned into a passion for wine which carried her into restaurant management, catering, retail, and wholesale for over twenty years. Ever the student, she’s always thirsty for more knowledge. Let’s face it; there is always something new to learn in wine. With a passion for travel and finding the right match to every dish, she comes armed with enthusiasm. Andrea oversees sales for parts of the Midlantic and Northeast. Instagram
  • André Tamers ciudadano francés y americano, posee amplia experiencia en todos los niveles de comercialización del vino. Licenciado en Filosofía y Letras por la Universidad de Florida, domina perfectamente Francés y Español. Empezó en el negocio en 1985 como comprador para un restaurante con una carta de vinos con más de 150 referencias distintas. Trabajó en Nueva York como especialista en vinos europeos para Sherry Lehmann, uno de los más prestigiosos almacenes de vinos del mundo. Mas tarde, adquirió experiencia en el campo de mayorista / importador, trabajando para una de las primeras importadoras de vinos franceses en el país, Monsieur Touton Selections, LTD. Además el Sr. Tamers residió en Europa, donde tuvo la oportunidad de contactar y conocer numerosas bodegas. Twitter

Présentation générale

Fondé par André Tamers en 1996, De Maison Selections est une société d’importation spécialisée dans les vins de terroir uniques et originaux en provenance de France et d’Espagne. La réussite de De Maison Selections repose sur une connaissance solide et diversifiée du marché des vins aux États-Unis et sur une stratégie de partenariat à long terme avec nos producteurs.

Déjà spécialiste espagnol, nous développons notre gamme de vins français. Nous voyons en ce moment une grande opportunité de faire connaitre au public américain un côté moins connu des vins de France. Pour ce faire, nous avons mis en place un représentant en France (voir ci-dessous), et nous sommes à la découverte de nouvelles régions et de nouveaux produits.

Liste des produits / Distribution

Le catalogue des produits offre un large choix de producteurs. La sélection de vins englobe à la fois des vins rares en exclusivité, ainsi que des vins d’un excellent rapport qualité prix. De Maison Selections maintient des contrats d’exclusivité avec tous ses fournisseurs, et nous distribuons nos produits dans une trentaine d’états ( voir ).

  • Alexander Wallace a rejoint l'équipe De Maison en 2007. Après avoir travaillé pendant quatre ans au bureau à Chapel Hill (Caroline du Nord), Alex a ensuite passé deux ans en France en tant que représentant européen pour l'entreprise. Maintainant de retour aux États-Unis, il gère et développe la gamme de vins français, s'occupe des opérations logistiques de l'entreprise, et entretient les relations avec les producteurs. Instagram
  • Kristen comes to us from the other side of the industry, spending many years working in restaurants as well as retail. Her love of wine blossomed when she found herself attending college in Portland Oregon where she was surround by top notch cuisine and world class vineyards. After returning to her home state of North Carolina, she continues her passion searching for the perfect food and wine pairing here at De Maison Selections.
  • Juan graduated from Appalachian State University in 2018 where he studied clinical psychology and exercise science. He comes from a background of team leadership experience and is a native Spanish speaker. He also follows sports and tech and has a newfound love of wine.
  • Lydia graduated from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2016 where she studied Psychology. She came to us a novice in all things wine but has quickly fallen in love with its ability to bring people together and transport them to new worlds. She works in the Chapel Hill office handling regulatory issues, sales analysis, and cold chain compliance. She really enjoys Excel.
  • Depuis son début a De Maison Selections en 2003, Chris portait plusieurs chapeaux, littéralement et métaphoriquement, au sein de l’entreprise. Pendant son commencement, il faisait les collections et les traitements, les affaires logistiques et plein d’autres choses. Enfaite, Chris a tout fait dans l’entreprise. Maintenant, il est notre spécialiste informatique. Avec son expérience «geek» et son diplôme d’histoire de l’art de l’University of North Carolina, il tend et maintien notre «pléthore» de technologie chez nous.
  • Ayant grandi à Napa Valley en Californie, Holly Wing fut introduit au monde culinaire tôt, et ce fut clair dès le début que sa passion gastronomique ferait parti de sa vie professionelle. Holly découvrit que que le vin pouvait rendre plus interessant l’experience à table, et que le vin et la gastronomie étaient inséparables. Holly à depuis longtemps travailllé dans le monde des vins, dans les vignobles, les restaurants, et finalement dans la distribution où elle a vendu les vins de De Maison Selections à Portland dans l’Oregon pour Domaine Selections. Holly représente maintenant les vins de De Maison dans l’ouest des États-Unis.
  • Apres avoir travaille dans plusieurs secteurs de l’industrie du vin depuis 1999, Steven Alexande apporte avec lui une passion et aussi une expertise pour les vins faits à la main à son travail. Avant de travailler avec De Maison Selections, Steven a ete directeur du vin a Spaggia, un restaurant a Chicago. Auparavant, avant de travailler avec Spaggia, Steven a gagne beaucoup de l'expérience comme gestionnaire du vin européen pour une grossiste. Aussi, il était acheteur et éducateur a Sam’s Wine and Spirits Chicago et aussi sommelier aux restaurants Moto et Bacaro a Illinois. Steven est fier de représenter De Maison Selections dans le centre et sur la cote Est des Etats Unis. Instagram - Twitter
  • With a degree in International Studies and French Language, Philippe finished out his last semester of university in the Loire River Valley in France. From there, Philippe honed his French skills and gained an appreciation for the unlimited possibilities found in pairing wine with food (especially seafood!). Philippe has worked for De Maison since 2012 and has 2 harvests in Spain under his belt. He oversees the Southeast sales territory for De Maison.
  • It was fate that Andrea got bitten by the wine bug early from her first real culinary venture, waiting tables at Revival Grill while studying at UNCG. That experience turned into a passion for wine which carried her into restaurant management, catering, retail, and wholesale for over twenty years. Ever the student, she’s always thirsty for more knowledge. Let’s face it; there is always something new to learn in wine. With a passion for travel and finding the right match to every dish, she comes armed with enthusiasm. Andrea oversees sales for parts of the Midlantic and Northeast. Instagram
  • André Tamers est de double nationalité française et américaine, et dote d’une grande expérience à tous les niveaux dans le commerce du vin. Parlant parfaitement le français et l’espagnol, il est diplômé de l’université de Floride (Bachelor of Science in Arts). Il a intégré le monde des vins en 1985 en tant qu’acheteur dans un restaurant dont la liste des vins était constituée de 150 sélections. Il a travaillé ensuite à New York comme spécialiste des vins européens chez Sherry Lehmann, l’un des plus prestigieux magasins de vins au monde. Plus tard, il a acquis une grande expérience de l’importation en gros, en travaillant pour l’un des plus gros importateurs de vins, Monsieur Touton Sélections, LTD. En outre, Mr Tamers a longuement vécu en Europe, où il a eu l’opportunité de découvrir et d’apprécier ses futurs producteurs de vins. Twitter

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Responsibly Sourced Wines, Ciders and Spirits

Our commitment to ecological values and leadership is a reflection of our deep and binding respect for our community of producers, clients and our families. Our agricultural philosophy is rooted in a systems ecology approach, encompassing not only the health of the vineyard and its produce but extending to the health and prosperity of each community of growers and their natural landscape.

This is a core tenet in our quest to live well, share authentic culinary and cultural experiences from our producers and leave things better than we found them. We are continually working with our partners, many of whom are leaders in their region for biodiversity, organic farming and low-impact production, with the goal of revitalizing the land through permaculture and ancestral farming techniques. This is a broad-based approach which does not favor any particular commercial dogma. Rather it is rooted in our deep respect for each individual vigneron, their work in the vineyard and their unique cultural and gastronomic identities.

Ecological Farming (Ecologic)
Farmed with respect for the ecosystem, with minimal inputs, utilizing low-impact techniques and whole system ecology to promote biodiversity and a healthy community.

Practicing Organic
Wineries who practice organic farming techniques, based on local or international standards.

Organic
Wineries who hold a certification for organic farming practices.

Biodynamic
These wineries utilize Demeter certified biodynamic agricultural techniques in their vineyards.

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