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Riahi Selections

HAND-CRAFTED WINES × GLOBALLY SOURCED

 

Our Wines


France


Italy


spain


United States


New zealand

Where to Find Us


Westchester

Restaurant 121
Ardsley Country Club
Armonk Wines
Best Wine Purveyors
Blue Hill at Stone Barns
Ernie’s Wine Bar
Front Street Cellar
G. Griffin Wine & Spirits
Glen Arbor Golf Club
Katonah Wine & Liquor
North Star
Purdy’s Farmer & The Fish
Stone Gate Wine & Spirits
Suburban Liquor
The Inn at Pound Ridge by Jean-Georges
Vine & Co
Waccabuc Country Club
Wine at Five

Manhattan

Aquavit
August
Betony
BLT Steak
Blue Streak Wines
Brasserie 8 ½
Buddakan
Capital Grille
Cavatappo
Cesca
Core Club
Corvo Bianco
Fat Radish
Four Seasons Restaurant
Fred’s at Barneys
Lavo
Mandarin Oriental Hotel
Mr. Wright Fine Wines & Spirits
Morimoto
Morton’s The Steakhouse
Murray’s Cheese
National Arts Club
Noir
Patroon
Peninsula Hotel
Pera
Prohibition
Public
Red Rooster
Rothman’s
Saxon & Parole
Sofia Wine Bar
Tao
The Musket Room
The Palm JFK
The Standard High Line
Uptown Brasserie JFK
Vino
Winfield Flynn

 

Long Island

BLT Steak
Edgewater Grill
Gosman’s
Hamptons Wine Shoppe
Montauk Lake Club
Montauk Yacht Club
Noyac Golf & Country Club
Palm Restaurant
Southampton Bath & Tennis
Starr Boggs
The Bridge Golf Club
Capital Grille
The Meadow Club of Southampton
The Patio
The Wine Cellar on Main
Westhampton Country Club

What's New


THE LATEST
 

Just back from Montpellier France to attend Millésime Bio, the annual International Trade Fair of organic wines. Unbelievable – over 800 wineries represented and they were all organic or biodynamic. It seems that the new generation that is taking over winemaking is focusing on these practices, which thrills us because that reflects our philosophy, that a wine should reflect its unique terroir without any manipulation in the vineyard or the winery. Tasted some really interesting wines from France and Italy that hopefully will join our portfolio soon …

FIELD NOTES
 

Riahi Selections was cited in a recent Wall Street Journal article about the new restaurant opened by famed chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, The Inn at Pound Ridge by Jean-Georges. Wine Director Bernard Sun states that at least 65% of the wines on the Inn's list are from wine importers and distributors who live or work in nearby northern Westchester towns. "'It's amazing how many top wine importers' are in the area, noted the Manhattan-based Mr. Sun." Well said, Mr. Sun! Read the article here:

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2013 was another tough vintage in France, where some of our producers are reporting a decline of up to 30% in quantity. This is due to bad weather including hailstorms that knocked new bunches off the vines in the spring, and rainstorms that encouraged mold during the fall harvest season. Our winemakers refuse to sacrifice quality over quantity, therefore the reduced yields to maintain healthy fruit. The wines taste as delicious as always, we just have to sip and savor a little slower to make them last!

FAMILY & FRIENDS
 

While in France for the trade fair Michael had the pleasure to visit several of our producers. His travels took him to Domaine Francois Schmitt in Alsace, Domaine Sainte Lucie (Domaine des Diables) in Provence, Domaine la Fourmente in Visan and Domaine Prat Sura in Vacqueyras in the Cotes du Rhone, Domaine Richard Rottiers in Beaujolais, Moreau-Naudet in Chablis and finally Chantal Lescure in Nuits St Georges. Sincere thanks go to our extended French family for their gracious hospitality. Here are some photos:

 

Michael and winemaker Francois Chaveriat of Chantal Lescure

Michael and winemaker Francois Chaveriat of Chantal Lescure

Michael and Remi Pouizin of Domaine la Fourmente at the trade fair

Michael and Remi Pouizin of Domaine la Fourmente at the trade fair

Michael and Richard Rottiers in Beaujolais

Michael and Richard Rottiers in Beaujolais

Michael and Stephane Moreau in Chablis

Michael and Stephane Moreau in Chablis

The Riahi's

We sell hand-crafted wines to New York restaurants and select retailers from 15 of the world’s top wine growing regions. We do this with an emphasis on producers that are environmentally conscious.

Our producers trust us to bring their wine to partners that will appreciate the dedication that is poured into every glass.

Riahi Selections offers a global portfolio of artisanal wines that are well-structured, well-balanced and that over-deliver on quality and value. The majority of our wines are produced in total quantities of less than 500 cases. Our smaller producers are more selective in their winemaking and are able to control their quality because they are hands-on from the earth to the bottle.

Michael Riahi

Michael Riahi

I’ve been lucky enough to have a broad international background, having been born in Persia, raised in Sweden, schooled in Switzerland and trained in Tokyo and London, to name a few locations.  

With my hotel management degree and escalating experience, I ultimately found myself in New York as the General Manager for the 3-star restaurant Aquavit. During my tenure there, my passion for wine really grew. So for the next 12 years I prospered in the supplier and the wholesaler side of the wine business, meeting really interesting people and learning what makes them happy. I traveled even more, but now with my eyes in the vineyards and my nose in the barrels, visiting wineries in many parts of the world. And then came a time that I knew I wanted to do it on my own.

I pursued the wine business because I was driven by passion, and I’ve been successful in the wine business because of the many diverse and meaningful relationships I’ve built over time. So here I am, starting my own company with my own vision, bringing to it my strengths and looking forward to building my love for wine and making new friendships along the way.

Gayle Martin

Gayle Martin

This has been Michael’s dream since I met him. We were both in the wine business, he in sales and me in marketing, and he said we would make a great team together. So I married him first, and then we started talking about building our own company.

I luckily stumbled into the wine business while working in advertising, and was hired by my client to manage the marketing of several California wines. That client became my mentor in wine, and my subsequent roles offered me the ability to learn about the industry first-hand as I grew to manage a variety of domestic, imported, still wines, Champagnes and spirits. Whether the brands I marketed were luxury products or mass appeal or small hand-sell single vineyard wines, I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to give them a voice with consumers who would listen. Along the way I found a comforting camaraderie and conviviality with everyone I’ve met. Once in the wine business, always in the wine business.

With Michael’s experience selling wine in the most influential food & wine city in the world, and my experience marketing wine from all over the world, we knew we could make this work. The main reason is that we share the passion for the business, which revolves around the relationships we’ve built and the experiences we’ve shared involving great wine.

O'Malley

O'Malley

O'Malley is our best friend. He's really smart, has a great sense of humor (really!) and will take any opportunity to knock you over with licks and wags. He comes running whenever we pop a bottle of champagne – guess we should have called him "Corky", but "O'Malley" really suits his personality. Just look at him.

O'Malley also makes sure we never forget the important things in life – a long walk, a good meal, lots of playtime, and loads of love and affection.

O'Malley makes us complete.


Michael Riahi 
917-673-3723

michael@riahiselections.com