The People Behind the Wine
Proud to be Californian in typicity and European in politeness. Peter Paul Wines was founded by Peter T. Paul and is produced by Martin R. Reyes, Master of Wine. It takes a team to bring this great wine to your table.
Entrepreneur/philanthropist Peter Paul has a head for numbers. Currently chairman of Headlands Asset Management and chairman of The Headlands Foundation, Peter has been influential in the financial sector for more than 40 years. After he obtained his BS in Business Administration from the University of New Hampshire (UNH) and his MBA from Boston University, his career took him to Southern California. Two years later, Peter “escaped” to northern California, where he founded Headlands Mortgage, which became one of the premier mortgage lending institutions in the US. A dozen years later, he took Headlands successfully through an IPO, and negotiated its merger with GreenPoint Financial. But his heart? That’s all about wine and philanthropy, and Peter turned his financial success into a way to pursue these two passions. His first introductions to wine came in the 1950s, while still living in his native New Hampshire: the first, a fine white Burgundy, handed him the match and a Chateau d’Yquem shared with his father ignited the flame of a lifelong love of wine. When his career took him to northern California—with some of the world’s finest wine regions in its backyard—Peter was able to spend weekends exploring Napa and Sonoma’s wineries and vineyards. In 1999, his entrepreneurial drive changed him from wine lover to vintner as he and a friend who had recently retired from the wine industry became business partners in Grove Street Winery. With Grove Street, their vision was to produce affordable, super-premium Sonoma County wines, which they did to acclaimed success. Peter started his eponymous brand here, as well, to craft limited-production wines from select sites, starting with a Napa Valley Cabernet, and now including Chardonnay and Russian River Pinot Noir. In 2008, Peter sold Grove Street Winery to entrepreneur/vintner Leslie Rudd in order to focus on the Peter Paul brand and his ongoing philanthropic efforts. Peter had launched the Headlands Foundation in 1995, to work to improve the standard of life for underprivileged children and their families in the Bay Area. He is a longtime supporter of many Bay Area nonprofits, including Food Bank of Marin, Marin Abused Women’s Services, St. Vincent’s School for Boys, Meals on Wheels and the Music Festival for Brain Health held at Staglin Family Vineyard. Peter is also a strong supporter of higher education. His financial support established the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics at UNH, which graduated its first class in 2013 and was ranked by Bloomberg Business as one of the top 100 undergraduate business schools in the nation. He is also a donor to and member of the board of trustees of Boston University. Peter Paul Wines have also given him another outlet for charitable giving. In honor of the first class to graduate from the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics, and to support his philanthropic efforts in New Hampshire, Peter created a special “Live Free or Die” (the NH state motto) Pinot Noir, which is available only to non-profit organizations, wine club members, New Hampshire residents, and UNH affiliates. He also continues to support Bay Area charities with proceeds from his Peter Paul Wines sales. As an entrepreneur and philanthropist, Peter understands the significance of growth and return on investment. But as a lifelong wine lover, the return he seeks with Peter Paul Wines is simply the pleasure that a well-crafted wine offers, and sharing it to benefit others less fortunate.
Martin R. Reyes MW
Chief Wine Officer
A former senior buyer and importer for The New York Times Wine Club, Williams-Sonoma Wine, The Washington Post Wine Club and Global Wine Cellars, as well as consultant to The Michael Mina Wine Club, Martin Reyes knows the ins and outs of fine wine, from crush to consumer. Martin spent years going “off the tourist map” in the fine wine regions of the world, his wine knowledge and fluency in four languages put to good use his search for undiscovered treasures for club members. “It was an invaluable experience, beyond cultivating a network of producers. Being where the grapes were grown and working directly with those sources, I was able to delve into understanding how a fruit or wine from a particular terroir or vintage will ultimately reveal itself in the glass. It also gave me the insight to relay the story to the wine lover in a meaningful way.” Those skills serve him well now, as he guides the production at Peter Paul Wines. “The growers and producers who pour their expertise and artistry into their vineyards and wines to offer a distinct expression, those are the people I seek out. Neither of us look for the fastest or easiest answer necessarily, but share the common goals of a great wine and a fair price.” “So conveying that story about the families and soils of Bacigalupi or Terra de Promissio, and how those wines will evolve is meaningful to me. It contributes to the pleasure of discovery, which is what our customers look for.” Martin received the title – Master of Wine (MW) – in the spring of 2018, and is one of only 47 MWs in the USA, and the first of Mexican descent in the world. Not to be confused with the Master Sommelier, the top restaurant-based (and more popular) credential, a Master of Wine holds the most respected title in the world for the production, business, and handling of wine. He is also a course instructor for the Wine & Spirits Education Trust, and is a Certified Wine Educator. In addition, Martin was recognized in the Wine Enthusiast’s “Top 40 under 40 Tastemakers in the USA,” in October 2015, is on the advisory board for a luxury winery estate in St. Helena, and serves as an expert panelist for the Wine Program at his alma mater, Stanford University. Follow him on instagram: @reyeswine.mw
Vineyard & Wine-Making Consultant
Jamey is an integral part of Peter Paul Wines and acts as our Vineyard and Winemaking Consultant. He moved out to Napa Valley from his home in South Carolina in 1996. Captivated by the community, lifestyle, and culture of wine country, he found himself quickly growing roots. By 1998, he had begun his winemaking education at Turley Wine Cellars, working in all facets of production.
Fascinated by the entire lifecycle of wine, Jamey honed his craft not just in the winery but also in the field, working alongside the vineyard crew for years, until his apprenticeship ended in 2005. During that time, he spent a summer sabbatical working for the Seysses family at Domaine Dujac in Morey-Saint-Denis. Jamey’s vision for handcrafting wines has remained the same throughout the years: to use vineyard-based winemaking to showcase beautiful California fruit in limited-production, single-vineyard wine.
Since 2017, Jamey has helped Peter Paul Wines cultivate an elegant yet approachable style that marries his Southern roots and the North Coast’s rich winemaking heritage.