We’re two friends who live in New York City. And we’re into wine. So much, in fact, that we’ve built our careers around it. We founded Verve to make discovering interesting wine accessible to everyone, from the casual rose drinker to the serious connoisseur.
We know a lot about wine – and we know that there’s a lot of complicated jargon that can be difficult to understand: from the vast number of grapes and regions to funky tasting notes and never-ending wine lists. We’re here to kick it off the pedestal and help you be more confident in your selections.
Our service curates delicious wines from around the world, and delivers them to your door. We traveled the world meeting passionate winemakers and making selections based on their great work. Each wine at Verve has been tasted by our team, and chosen because we think it’s worth getting to know.
Derrick Mize is a veteran wine merchant with over twenty years of experience. His resume includes roles at the acclaimed Italian wine importer, Vinifera Imports, and as head wine buyer at Ristorante Paoletti in Highlands, NC. In 2002, Derrick joined Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich’s NYC-based Italian Wine Merchants and later co-founded the wine retailer New York Vintners in 2006. Derrick’s experience has given him a vast knowledge of European wines and an understanding of the relationships necessary to procure unique, high quality selections in today’s marketplace.
Dustin Wilson is a Master Sommelier based in New York City. His career spans some of the top restaurants across the US – Frasca Food & Wine in Boulder, CO; The Little Nell, in Aspen; and RN74 in San Francisco. Dustin is best known for his position as Wine Director of the 3 Michelin-starred restaurant, Eleven Madison Park. This expertise led him to have a leading role in the critically acclaimed wine documentary, SOMM, and he was later featured in the film’s sequel, SOMM: Into the Bottle.