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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.