Meet Our Team
Laure Levesque

Laure Levesque

Founder, President, Chief Tasting Officer
A French native, Laure was fortunate to grow up in a family strongly connected to wine, for whom wine defines a way of life, with vineyards in several regions in France.  After 20-years as an International Marketing Executive for Procter & Gamble, Nivea, Coty, and L’Oréal, Laure created Queen of Wines out of passion.

Her company’s mission is to connect wine lovers in the US with smaller family-owned estates producing highly sustainable, authentic wines.  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 US.

Laure and her team are dedicated to expanding wine lovers’ palates and helping them create fond memories while experiencing the fruit of these vineyards.

To contact Laure, please email contact@queenofwines.com.

Brittanie Wallace

Brittanie Wallace

Regional Wine Ambassador - Charlotte Manager
Brittanie is a Charlotte native, and a true hospitality lifer, who grew up assisting her parents in their long-running catering business.  An extrovert at heart, and has found a home for this skill set as a salesperson, where she is inspired to discover and meet the unique needs and desires of each of her clients.

Brittanie received her Bachelor’s degree in Communications from UNC Charlotte, then returned to her roots in the hospitality industry, where she discovered her life’s true passion in wine.  She dedicates her career and personal time to advancing her knowledge on the subject, and is currently in pursuit of her WSET Level 1.

Brittanie is thrilled to be part of the Queen of Wines team, where she can combine her love for hospitality and sales with her ever-expanding wine lexicon.

To schedule your tasting with Brittanie, email brittanie@queenofwines.com.

Sydney Shopp

Sydney Shopp

Regional Wine Ambassador - Coast South
Sydney is a Midwest native who relocated to Wilmington to pursue her passion for hospitality in a coastal setting. She holds a degree in Travel & Tourism from Ball State University. During her senior year on a two-week trip to Italy, she discovered her deep appreciation of wine. After graduating, she traveled full-time, immersing herself in diverse cultures and wine traditions.

Sydney took a position in the wine industry and found herself hooked. She brings her skills in event production and her oenological knowledge to her work at Queen of Wines. On her down time, Sydney loves spinning, the beach, and spending time with her dog Cali.

Sydney is driven to connect with the community around her, and can be found out and about at events all around the area. She is thrilled to expand her education, and connect with her clients through service and sharing amazing wines!

To schedule your tasting with Syndey, please email sydney@queenofwines.com.

Eric Fried

Eric Fried

Vice President, Operations & Sales
Eric brings a wealth of business and technical acumen to Queen of Wines, with over 30 years of C level business development, an MBA and BS in electrical engineering.  During his career, he developed three companies in unique business sectors, giving him a background in array of operations, HR and IT.

His passion for wine and food developed quickly during his career, staring in his early twenties when he spent 5 years living in the Netherlands.  This experience of old world wines turned global during his international work and travels. He is a true believer in the saying “What grows together goes together”,  from Chinese wine in Dalian with fish, to an Alsatian Riesling with Baeckeoffe.

Eric combines all these resources with the team’s multitude of talents to continually support the Queen of Wines mission statement and organizational goals.

To reach Eric, please email contact@queenofwines.com.

Joseph S. Tally

Joseph S. Tally

Regional Wine Ambassador - Central West Manager

Originally from Winston-Salem, Joseph has over 15 years of experience working in fine wine. He moved to Boston after graduating from Indiana University Jacob School of Music, beginning his journey at Ball Square Fine Wines. He then went to work for the prestigious Bordeaux conglomerate Millesima in NYC, honing his knowledge for French wines. He then learned the wholesale side with the Italian specialist Vinifera Imports back in Massachusetts.

Joseph brings passion and knowledge to the wines he shows, providing each client with the service and selections that best fit their business.  His background in music and teaching inspires his love of providing wine education for his clients and their patrons.

Joseph is happy to be back in his native state, working in the communities in the Piedmont where he grew up, bringing the skills and knowledge he has gained along his professional path.

To schedule your tasting with Joseph, please email joseph@queenofwines.com.

Brianna Humphrey

Brianna Humphrey

Administrative & Marketing Director
Brianna is the administrative, marketing, and what-ever-needs-doing assistant at Queen of Wines.  She has a degree in photography, and so not surprisingly spent almost fifteen years in the hospitality industry.  She has helped develop and manage restaurants in Chicago, Charleston, and Durham, NC, serving a range of fine cuisine from the old world and the new.

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 husband and three stepsons.

For administrative and marketing inquiries, contact Brianna at brianna@queenofwines.com.

Arwen Buchholz

Arwen Buchholz

Operations & Logistics Manager
A native of North Carolina, Arwen has spent two decades in operations management, and program design and implementation in public and private companies. Arwen’s expertise lies in communications, customer service, sales, inventory control, workflow and office management, data collection, research, and staff management.

As the 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 all of Queen of Wines’ 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 arwen@queenofwines.com.

Robert Boone

Robert Boone

Regional Wine Ambassador - Central South Manager
Robert is a seasoned professional in fine dining and wine and spirits consultancy.  His journey began at Chicago’s 5-star Le Francais, then to Los Angeles, managing fine dining establishments including the 5-star L’Orangerie, and Palm Springs as the Food & Beverage Director at Merv Griffin’s Resort Hotel & Givenchy Spa.  He spent the past eight years with Republic National Distributing Company, honing his knowledge and gaining his WSET Level 2.

Seeking new adventures, Robert and his fiancée Christina relocated to Raleigh with their three furry companions. He is passionate about fitness, exploring dog parks, and indulging in the exhilarating world of sports car driving.

Robert brings his wealth of experience and dedication to excellence, with his unwavering passion for the artistry of food and wine to Queen of Wines and the Raleigh and Southern Pines communities.

To schedule your tasting with Robert, please email robert@queenofwines.com.

Delivery Professionals

Delivery Professionals

Donovan, Reggie & Kevin
Just as our Wine Ambassadors strive to bring you the perfect Gem Wines for your establishment and your customers, our dedicated team of Deliver Professionals are hard at work to literally bring you your selections every week.

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.

Thaddeus Bowers

Thaddeus Bowers

Regional Wine Ambassador - Western Manager
Based in Winston-Salem, Thad has served as a Regional Wine Ambassador for Queen of Wines in the Triad and Blue Ridge Mountains since 2021. With 5+ years of experience working in restaurants, he loves customer service and understands the importance of communication with his clients and their customers.

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 thad@queenofwines.com.

Quincy Koepf

Quincy Koepf

Regional Wine Ambassador - Coastal Manager
Quincy Koepf began her career in wine distribution in 2009 after a chance meeting with a boutique winery in Seattle.  From there she has continued on in her career maintaining a focus on small, sustainably farmed, and family-owned vineyards.

Prior to this, Quincy worked in corporate sales and project management, and taught at George Mason University and American University, where she respectively earned her MA and PhD in Sociology.  Quincy incorporates her teaching background into her work with wine, from educational trade presentations, staff training, and curating oenologically themed events with top chefs and wine professionals all along the coast.

A native of the DC Metro area, Quincy now calls the NC coast her home.  In her spare time, she can be found close to the ocean or in the mountains.  When her wanderlust calls, she likes to get lost in vineyards and historic cities around the globe.

To set up a tasting with Quincy, email quincy@queenofwines.com.