Proprietor & Founder
Rémy Lutfy was born and raised in Grosse Pointe Woods, outside Detroit. She spent her summers in high school interning at different wineries in the Napa Valley, including Darioush, Spelletich Cellars, and Schweiger Vineyards. Remy attended the University of California, Davis to study winemaking and then transferred to the University of Michigan, realizing her passion was in the retail end of the wine business. She graduated with a degree in Finance and History.
She spent ten years working at the family wine store, Fine Wine Source. She and her father and mother Livvie began dreaming about opening a state-of-the-art wine-bar/restaurant/retail establishment in 2013, and then they opened Vertical Detroit in 2015.
Vertical Detroit is located in a historic neighborhood in downtown Detroit, and this summer was awarded The Wine Spectator’s Best of Award of Excellence, which recognizes that the restaurant’s wine list “displays excellent breadth across multiple winegrowing regions and/or significant vertical depth of top producers, along with superior presentation” and “…is a destination for serious wine lovers, showing a deep commitment to wine, both in the cellar and through their service team.”
“We are both a wine bar and an elegant destination restaurant,” explains Lutfy, and she continues, “so this honor recognizes our efforts both in the wine arena as well as cuisine.” “We have regulars who come in for an unusual glass of wine and fries and others who enjoy our vertical flights complementing their dinners,” she adds.
Vertical Detroit’s wine list features more than 2,200 vintages by the bottle and 100 by the glass, as well as choices of four different 4-wine vertical flights. Vertical Detroit presents wines in one of fifteen different types of varietal-specific Riedel glassware.
Rémy’s favorite wine and food combination at Vertical is Champagne with anything!
Although Remy nearly spends every waking hour at Vertical Detroit, she loves to travel and spend time with family and friends.