Deborah Gray, founded Bluestone Wine Solutions as a natural progression from her wine import business, The Australian Wine Connection, founded in 1992. Beginning with her family’s wine brand from Australia,Deborah created a company to bring to the United States iconic, hand crafted wines from small, family-owned vineyards, forging strong relationships along the way built on trust and consistent performance.
Deborah has successfully launch a number of small to medium sized international brands in the U.S., developing a diverse portfolio through careful selection of well-balanced wines and ensuring value for quality at all price levels. The key to her success is applying sound business strategies and connecting with a reliable network of wine industry professionals. This philosophy has not changed as she helps others to realize their potential and their objectives.
Deborah has conducted numerous seminars, tastings and wine dinners, judged wine competitions, served as keynote speaker at wine festivals and been interviewed on radio, television and wine blogs.
Her book, How to Import Wine - An Insider's Guide, was awarded Best Professional Wine Book, U.S. 2012 by Gourmand International and was 1st runner up in the world competition. Her second book, The Exporter's Guide to the U.S. Wine Market was released in January, 2016.
Deborah is a part-time instructor at San Diego State University as part of their Business of Wine Certificate program and currently teaches two courses - one on Australian Wine and another on Wine Importing and Distribution.