Co-founders Arden&Margaux met in college
It was never just about wine. Our story starts with friendship.
Co-founders Arden & Margaux met in college. They bonded over a passion for cooking, and a shared birthday. Their friendship grew over monthly dinner parties they co-hosted for friends.
They became known as “dinner party enthusiasts” and their appetite for all things food and cooking fostered a newfound interest in wine.
Various wine bars around campus became their library where they’d ponder the possibilities and dream up a business plan for what once was a passion project, and now a budding business.
By their senior year in college friends called Arden and Margaux – Argaux – and they were off to The International Culinary Center to become Certified Sommeliers.
When Argaux first started, Margaux was the Chef and Arden was the Sommelier – Together they hosted private dinner parties throughout Southern California.
Every week they met in the kitchen for a brainstorming session where they’d dream up and test original recipes, menus, and pairings for upcoming dinner parties.
Cooking is Argaux’s first love and what opened the door for Arden & Margaux to the world of wine. When asked what their favorite wines are, the unanimous answer, “…it depends on what we’re eating,” typically follows.
Our product is wine, but it’s our mission to inspire and connect people from all walks of life through food & wine, and the power that those two things have on our intellectual and emotional health.
Wine is a catalyst for so much more than the glass in front of you. Paired with food, it brings people together around a table where ideas are born and connections are made. When that happens, anything is possible.
Meet the Team
Co-Founder; Head of Marketing and Sales
Arden is one of the co-founders of Argaux and oversees sales and marketing for the company. After graduation from U of A (where she met Margaux), she enrolled in The International Culinary Centers Intensive Sommelier Training program with the goal of becoming a Certified Sommelier to kickstart her desire to pursue a career in food & wine. She is incredibly proud of how Argaux is shaping the way consumers discover wine and how the brand shows up for consumers in their lives. For her, Argaux is a way of living life through delicious wine, good food, and storytelling.
Co-Founder; Head of Product and Buying
Margaux is one of the co-founder’s of Argaux and the head of product and buying for the company. After graduating from college Margaux completed her Intensive Sommelier Training Program at the International Culinary Center. Following that program she passed the level I and level II Certified Sommelier Exam through the Court of Master Sommeliers in 2014. Since then Margaux has passed her level III Advanced Sommelier Exam through the Wine and Spirits Education Trust, as well as the French Wine Scholar Exam. Today she is continuing her studies and is currently enrolled in the level IV Diploma program through the WSET in the hopes of becoming a Master of Wine.
Co-founder; Portfolio Director and Sourcing
“Lexi is one of the co-founders at Argaux & Amlière Imports. She has a decade of wine industry experience with wholesale, importing, distribution, and product development. In July of 2019 she joined Arden and Margaux to start Argaux’s sister company, Amlière Imports, a boutique wine importer that enables us to source incredible, hard to find wines for the Argaux shop. She travels all over the world to source new wines and seek out up and coming wine regions. She has taken the Amlière selections from only a few wines to a comprehensive portfolio that we are proud to share with our clients. Lexi is a Certified Specialist of Wine and a French Wine Scholar with the Wine Scholar Guild.”
Director of Wine Education & Customer Experience
Alyssa is our Director of Wine Education and Customer Experience. She is making it her mission to ensure our customers have an outstanding overall experience & impression of Argaux from start to finish; All-while stripping away the curtain behind wine in a fun, educational & approachable style. Alyssa (originally from Florida) was in healthcare for over 10 years, acquiring a Master in Health Sciences degree, before beginning her wine journey and moving to California. Today she is a certified Level III Advanced Sommelier through the Wine & Spirit Education Trust program, and continuing her studies through French Wine Scholar exam and the Level IV Diploma program (WSET) in hopes of becoming a Master in Wine.
Sales Director, Argaux for Business
Rachel is our Corporate Sales Director. Rachel spent the majority of her career working at one of the Big 4 professional services firms and she loves discovering the intersections between business and wine. Whether it is nerding out over supply chain challenges for importers, debating the market value of different wine regions, or simply using wine tastings as a way to develop team rapport, she will convince you that the connections are endless. She holds a Level III Advanced Certification in Wine from the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) program and is currently studying for her French Wine Scholar Exam this summer.