Growing up in France demands that wine is an innate part of your culture. In keeping with that tradition, Christophe discovered his true curiosity about viniculture while attending college and helping a friend tend the vines of a small vineyard in the Loire Valley during the summer months. After university and a mandatory stint in the French Navy, Christophe caught the travel bug and relied on his love of food and wine to find work in the restaurant industry in various places around the globe. From the French Island of Reunion near Madagascar, to the cobblestone streets of Cambridge England, to the high altitude ski resorts of the French Alps, Christophe spent time discovering the local gastronomy and honing both culinary and ‘front of the house’ management skills in various establishments.
An offer to travel to the United States to help manage a French restaurant brought him to the Hudson Valley fifteen years ago. After four years of managing the restaurant, Christophe decided it was time to focus on his true passion ~ wine. After securing a job with a French wine importer and distributor, Christophe enrolled in the Wine and Spirit Education Trust and obtained certification in viniculture studies. After seven years of working in the wine industry, Christophe had the opportunity to fulfill his dream by becoming the owner and operator of Armonk Wines and Spirits.
Christophe and his wife, Kimberly, an American Francophile since the age of thirteen, live, cook and share their passion for wine in a 1940’s converted summer cottage in New-England. They have a seven year-old son, various animals and fowl, and enjoy tending their organic garden the bounty of which is shared with family and friends around the dinner table with, of course, the perfect wine.