Co-Founder: Verve Wine (New York, NY)
When Dustin and his co-founder Derrick Mize founded Verve Wine, they didn’t set out to offer just another wine shop — their aim was to create an entirely new way to discover, buy and drink wine that their customers love. As self-proclaimed “wine geeks,” their experience with the grape specially qualifies them to create a curated selection of wines from around the globe. For his part, Dustin Wilson is a Master Sommelier, with a resume that includes time in the wine cellars of top restaurants across the United States — Frasca Food & Wine in Boulder; The Little Nell in Aspen; and RN74 in San Francisco; and perhaps most notably, Wine Director of the acclaimed Eleven Madison Park. His expertise landed him a cameo in the critically acclaimed wine documentary, SOMM, and he was later featured in the film’s sequel, SOMM: Into the Bottle.