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.”