About Kysela Pere et Fils, LTD
Fran KyselaPresident & Owner
Kysela Pere et Fils, LTD. (KPF) was founded in March of 1994 by Master Sommelier Fran Kysela. Fran inherited an interest in wine from his father, who is one of the top collectors in the country and still maintains a 4,000 bottle cellar in Cleveland, OH. While attending graduate school at Cleveland State University & majoring in Zoology, Fran took a position selling Fetzer & Gallo wines for a local distributor (Goodman Beverage). Being a student with little money, he took the job knowing he could use the extra income and thinking, erroneously, that he could work in the wine business "part time". The wine business soon became all consuming and he left graduate school all together.
Flash forward to 2018 and Fran has been in the wine business for 38 years. He has worked as a wholesale representative, wine steward, national sales director and, since founding his business in 1994, a wine importer. In 1989, he received the Master Sommelier award from the British Court of Master Sommeliers. He passed the tasting half of the Master of Wine exam in 1992 and hopes to complete the remainder of the MW exam in the future.
"Fran Kysela, unlike most Americans, was born into a family that consumed and appreciated fine wine. One of the youngest specialty importers, Kysela began his career as the national sales manager for the import arm of Kermit Lynch's sprawling wine business. Subsequently, he worked briefly for another high quality importer, Weygandt-Metzler in Unionville, Pennsylvania. Inevitably, Kysela founded his own firm, dedicated to discovering high quality top estates in France and Italy [and Portugal]. Kysela's offerings all tend to be extremely pure, ripe, fruity wines...in short, faithful reflections of their appellations. He is not an aggressive interventionalistic importer à la Robert Kacher (or to a lesser extent, Neal Rosenthal, Eric Salomon, or Peter Weygandt), but neither does he permit his producers to take a laissez-faire approach to their work. In a few short years Kysela has emerged as one of the finest palates and selectors of top wine, whether it be an inexpensive Muscadet or a top of the line Burgundy." -Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, Issue #205
KPF was founded as a wine importing company, and while wine remains our focus, we also distribute craft beer, premium sake, cider, specialty spirits and grocery products such as water and olive oil. We work with over 200 suppliers from 13 countries and market over 1700 SKU's.
Jeremy SuttonNational & Local Sales
Jeremy Sutton has worked in the wine business for over 15 years, and has been with Kysela Pere et Fils, LTD since 2008. Jeremy cut his teeth in the business at Bistro 309 (now Bistro Bethem) in Fredericksburg, VA, & retailer Superior Liquor in Superior, CO. Jeremy began selling KPF products locally in Virginia, DC & Maryland in 2008 and has since transitioned to managing national accounts for the company.
Jeremy has traveled extensively in France and Italy, as well as visiting wine country in Argentina, Chile and Oregon. He has attended the well-regarded Oregon Pinot Camp (2007) and is also a Certified Sake Professional (2012).
If forced to choose, Jeremy could live off the wines of southern France exclusively and miss very little over the rest of his drinking life. The rustic, robust, effusive and ebullient reds of the Rhone Valley were an instant love, and good rosé is a personal passion. Jeremy believes that wine is first and foremost an agricultural product, but its combination of nature and nurture put it in a rarefied air. Wine should be enjoyed by all...better start drinking.
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