The Potomac Selections Team
After spending his formative years exploring the great vineyards of central Alabama, Ryne found himself in search of something, well, less muscadine-based. Somewhere along the way he developed a tooth for the wines of Europe, a passion that lead him to the life-long tumble down a very vinous rabbit hole. His tenure at Potomac Selections began at the tender age of 22 in a small retail shop in Richmond, VA, where he was found attempting to "discover" the entire world of craft beer alone. He now helms the good ship Potomac.
Eric’s love of wine began 20 years ago while in college and grew during his career in software. After battling the beltway traffic for years, he decided to turn his passion into a career by joining Potomac Selections in 2003 and then becoming a partner in 2004. His continuing education has taken him through France, Italy and Spain. Eric holds a B.S. in Chemistry from The University of South Carolina – Aiken and resides in the City of Falls Church, VA with his wife and two daughters.
Geoffrey began working with wine in 2007 at a small wine bar in his home state of Georgia. His path to Potomac has seen him working behind more "vino-centric" bars in both North Carolina and D.C., with intermittent stints in the vineards of Monsant and Rioja. A self-proclaimed "Ibero-phile", Geoffrey is more than happy to show you "proper" Porron-ing techniques while waxing poetic about the brilliance of Sherry. He is a Certified Sommelier and has passed his WSET Level III with Merit.
One of the two original founding partners of Potomac Selections, Tom's path has been fortuitously circular as, after a sojourn back to the realm of wine retail, he has returned his experience and expertise to the mid-Atlantic market as our lead salesman in Maryland. Tom has a particular affinity for and fond recollections of all the old (and formerly underpriced!) wines from the Jura he has consumed over the years. Ask him about a particular bottle of 1937 Cotes du Jura Blanc and you may see tears.
Sarah Marley first laid the foundation for her wine affliction in the tasting rooms of her native Northern California. Her passion grew and turned into a career when she moved to NYC to attend NYU. After working as a buyer for top NYC restaurants and retailers, Sarah decided to move to greener pastures on the wholesale side here in Washington, DC. She has a particular affinity for Champagne, the Northern Rhone and Tuscany.
Central VA Sales
A six year veteran of the Potomac team, David grew up spending his summers in Spain with family, where he got his first real taste for the joys of wine. His passion was cemented while working his first wine job at The Cheese Shop in Williamsburg, VA. Since those formative days, David has continued to be motivated by the pleasure of experiencing and learning new things about wine. His enthusiasm is infectious.
Aaron is a local native to the DC area, having detoured for some years in Boston, MA and Raleigh, NC. His love of wine was sparked in college and has persisted as he delves deeper and deeper into the Potomac 'company store.' A classically trained bassoonist and self-taught guitar demigod, his natural knack for rhythm and harmony are welcome assets as he gracefully navigates the logistical challenges we hurl his way. Aaron is also our local expert on the proper preparation of a 'bone dry.'