Laure LevesquePresident & Chief Tasting Officer
After a 20-year career in the corporate world as an International Marketing Executive, at Procter and Gamble/Nivea/Coty/L’Oréal, Laure decided to create Queen of Wines LLC out of passion. Her company’s mission is to connect wine lovers in the US with smaller family-owned estates who have been producing highly sustainable, authentic wines for generations.
She sources, imports, and distributes a curated selection of Gem Wines from a variety of terroirs and appellations, in France, Italy, Germany, South Africa, Argentina, and the USA. Laure and her team are dedicated to expanding wine lovers’ palates, and helping them create fond memories on their journey experiencing the fruit of these vineyards.
Alley GriffeyWine Ambassador - Charlotte, NC
Alley has held every position in restaurants, from dishwasher, to bartender, to General Manager, and even Pastry Chef. She has a history of corporate sales, and uses that knowledge to build relationships in what ever role she pursues. She relocated in 2021 from Upstate New York to Charlotte with her spouse and two children.
Alley is excited to be a Wine Ambassador for Queen of Wines, growing the awareness of their amazing portfolio, bringing each producer and their story to Charlotte Metro area for all to enjoy.
To schedule a tasting with Alley, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Charles ConwayWine Ambassador - Beaufort, NC
During this time Charles discovered his passion for wine and the culinary arts, building fantastic friendships and business relationships. This inspired him to return to the coast, where he has enjoyed helping grow the dynamic and expanding restaurant industry. Charles is thrilled for the opportunity to embrace his love for wine and bring the amazing Queen of Wines portfolio to the New Bern and Beaufort area.
To arrange your meeting with Charles, email email@example.com.
Arwen BuchholzOperations Manager
As Operations Manager for Queen of Wines her responsibilities are multi-faceted and involve all parts of the company. One of her most exciting roles is to ensure efficiency in importing and distribution of our wines, to bring the best value possible to our customers.
Arwen holds a master’s degree in Building Science and Environmental Technology from Appalachian State University, where she first learned to manage multi-layered projects.
For general Queen of Wines inquiries, contact Arwen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aaron SimmonsWine Ambassador - East Triangle, NC
Aaron loves to help educate customers and expand their horizons, and so joined the team here at Queen of Wines. He enjoys building new relationships, and continuing to grow his knowledge to better assist his customers.
Aaron graduated from Florida State University. In his free time, Aaron likes to explore his new home, try new experiences from restaurants to hiking, and loves being in the kitchen cooking for family and friends.
To set up a tasting with Aaron, email email@example.com.
Brianna HumphreyAdministrative & Marketing Assistant
A lover of wine, Brianna has had the pleasure of working with some true wine experts, including her teammates here at Queen of Wines. When not hard at work, Brianna enjoys camping, fishing, and spending time with her fiancé and three stepsons.
For administrative and marketing inquiries, contact Brianna at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thaddeus BowersWine Ambassador - Western NC
Thad takes a listen-first sales approach, recognizing the individuality of each client and tailoring his work to them. He designs and implements staff training sessions, which are as engaging as educational, to help service staff understand what they are selling, and how to sell it with confidence.
Thad graduated from Duke University with a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology, and certificate in Markets & Management. His hobbies include travel, playing soccer, and watching college basketball.
To contact Thad and arrange a tasting, please email email@example.com.
Sam KirbyWine Ambassador - West Triangle, NC
Sam’s career began with her love of baked goods and pastries, and has evolved over time into a passion for wine, working with some of the top chefs and most talented wine minds in the Triangle area. Through those relationships, Sam has had the wonderful opportunity to build a fantastic foundational education, while gaining exposure to many unique corners of the wine world. She feels every meal can he elevated by the perfect wine pairing, and in that pursuit of that belief attained her Level 1 Sommelier certification.
In her free time, Sam spends time with her husband, in her garden, and with her two bunnies Nation and Gus.
To arrange your tasting with Sam, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Delivery ProfessionalsDonovan, Reggie & Kevin
Meet Donovan & Reggie, who deliver all across the Piedmont and Western NC, and Kevin, who you will see in our Coastal regions.
These gentlemen are dedicated to our customer’s satisfaction and success, using all the tools at their disposal to ensure you receive consistently prompt and accurate deliveries.
Lorraine WilliamsWine Ambassador - Pinehurst, NC
Before joining Queen of Wines, Lorraine first expanded her knowledge of wine working for Empire Distributors as an on-premise sales representative.
Lorraine is thrilled to be a member of the Queen of Wines Ambassador team, and to bring the portfolio of Gem Wines to Moore County and the surrounding areas.
To set up your tasting with Lorraine, email email@example.com.
Jack GormanWine Ambassador - Wilmington, NC
As a member of the Queen of Wines team, Jack is thrilled to work for a company where he can continue to develop and expand his understanding of the global wine industry. He loves the challenges he faces, and the relationships he has built in the community he calls home.
In his free time, Jack enjoys all things outdoors. From fishing at Wrightsville Beach, to hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains, Jack takes full advantage of the natural beauty of NC.
To set up a tasting with Jack, email firstname.lastname@example.org.