Ken Scupp, CSW, WSET
With more than 30 years experience in the corporate wine world, Ken draws on his extensive knowledge and expertise to discover and import great value wines that have a sense of place.
For 15 years, Ken was the Northern New England Regional Manager for Kobrand Corporation, one of the premier importers in the United States. Co-owning his own import company is a fitting culmination of a successful career dedicated to excellence in fine wine.
To demonstrate his commitment to the industry’s highest standards, Ken has earned the title of Certified Specialist of Wine conveyed by the Society of Wine Educators in the U.S.. He also holds the Level 2 award with honors from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust in Europe. He continues to be a member of the French Wine Society.
Ken is also passionate about giving back to the next generation by teaching wine courses for the University of New Hampshire and Southern New Hampshire University's culinary programs. He feels that it is important that the next generation of chefs, restaurant managers, and food and beverage directors are well prepared for their careers.
Ken travels extensively to wine regions throughout France, Italy, New Zealand, and California, and leads wine tours to France and Italy. His extensive knowledge of the French language enables him to facilitate tours in both English and French.
Although knowledgeable in all wine producing areas, his passion is French wine, and he is considered a specialist in those regions.
Jacques grew up in the Rhone Valley and Provence in a small village near Avignon and the world famous vineyards of Chateauneuf du Pape. Since his childhood and over the years, he has established trusted relationships with vineyard owners.
After spending 30 years traveling the world as a sales and marketing executive in the graphic arts industry, he decided to fulfill his passion for wine and human contact with the winemakers and growers.
Jacques believes the growers, sometimes overlooked, make each wine unique through the combination of the soil, landscape, climate and grape variety, or in other words, the terroir.
Were he to design a crest for his business identity, the following words would be inscribed upon it: "Good and affordable French wine."