Willette Wines was started by Liz Willette in 2004 as an opportunity to distribute the wines of Jean Louis Chave. Liz first got the wine bug when she lived in Beaune, France, with her best friend Erin Cannon, who was running Kermit Lynch's French office. After a year in France and four subsequent years in Italy, Liz returned to New York to open Danube with David Bouley. She then worked for Michael Skurnik for many years as a sales representative in Manhattan. When Erin Cannon decided to import her husband, Jean Louis Chave's, wines into the United States, Liz started as their distributor. The book has grown from there, specializing in small, boutique French wine producers primarily from Burgundy, Champagne and the Rhone.