Martin R. Reyes, MW

Principal, Reyes Wine Group LLC, California

A first-generation American, Martin is the first Master of Wine of Mexican descent. With a prolific career as a buyer, importer, educator, and more recently, winemaker, he has held influential roles in many sectors of the industry. Martin’s wine story began with an over-indulgent dinner while studying in Paris as a Stanford undergraduate and, by 2003, he was stocking shelves at K&L Wine Merchants in California. After managing a retail shop in Napa Valley for several years, Martin was hired as the principal buyer & importer for prominent wine club programs for The New York Times, Food & Wine Magazine, and Williams-Sonoma. In 2015, he worked the harvest at Salomon Undhof in Kremstal. Also that same year, Martin was named one of Wine Enthusiast’s Top Forty under Forty Tastemakers.

Today, Martin directs production for Sonoma-based Peter Paul Wines and heads Reyes Wine Group LLC, a consulting resource for businesses across the full supply-chain. Clients have included Spottswoode Estate, Copa Fina Wine Imports, and Vivino.com. He works closely with Vice Versa Wines in Napa Valley and recently launched Reyes Selections, a small portfolio of his favorite producers, singled out from years spent sourcing wines globally for the US market. In his free time, Martin judges at international competitions, (IWC & DWWA), teaches for GrapeExperience.com and SFWineSchool.com, attempts to become fluent in a fifth language, and raises his two children tri-lingually with his wife in Vallejo, CA.

Judges

Meet our 2021 Judges

Thomas Brenner

Sommelier and wine buyer at the Palo Alto Hills Golf and Country Club

Juli Gregg

Wine Director, Tony's Pizza Napoletana/ Capos's, Restaurant Consultant, San Francisco, California