About


About Cuvée Ray


Cuvée Ray is the relaxed upscale wine bar and restaurant in downtown Rehoboth that celebrates wines from around the world, great music, and inspired food. Offering over 170 wines by the glass, Cuvée Ray is a place for the casual wine lover and the experienced aficionado serving wines that are both exceptional and accessible.

“Derived from the French, “Cuvée” is defined as a special blend of wine. I decided on the name Cuvée Ray to convey my desire for our Wine Bar & Restaurant to be known for its special blend of awesome wine, great music and inspired food. I also wanted Cuvée Ray to be an upscale—but relaxed—place where we can share some of the greatest, most exciting wines from around the globe with as many people as possible. And that is exactly why we are offering every one of our 170 wines by the glass! At Cuvée Ray, you’ll discover wines that are both exceptional and accessible. Come see for yourself what a fantastic place Cuvée Ray is for both the casual wine lover and the discriminating aficionado.”

-Ray, owner



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Meet Our Team

Ray Kurz

Ray Kurz

Owner of Cuvée Ray
For all General Inquiries

contact: ray@cuveeray.com

Meet Ray!

Ray was born in Queens NY, and attended school in Westchester County, and graduated from George Washington University in 1981 with a Law Degree, and enjoyed a successful career as an attorney.

Recently retired, Ray and his wife Debbie decided to move Coastal Delaware full time. A place where they had spent much time throughout the years at their second home in Bethany, they always felt more at home in Coastal Delaware than at their primary residence in DC.

Ray’s journey into the wine world started in 1984 when he decided to take a wine course at American University. This would spark a passion that would inspire travel to wine regions across the country, in Europe, and most recently in Australia and New Zealand. Over the years, Ray has hosted countless wine tastings with friends, and Ray actually invented a wine/music experience he calls Vintunes, where participants match wines with musical selections.

After much research and contemplation, Ray and his wife Deb decided to take their passion for music and wine and incorporate it into a restaurant concept in downtown Rehoboth, where they found the perfect location to pursue their dream.

Ray is a Certified Sommelier by the U. S. Sommelier Association, and has also passed the first level exam given by the Court of Master Sommeliers. He is also a member of the Society of Wine Educators.


Joe Churchman

Joe Churchman

Head Chef
For all Kitchen Inquiries

contact: joe@cuveeray.com

Meet Joe!

Joe Churchman was born in Abington, PA, but grew up in Rehoboth Beach. He is a graduate of Cape Henlopen High School and attended the University of the Arts in Philadelphia where he studied film, special effects, web design and coding.

His culinary career started when he was 15, working in local Rehoboth restaurants, where he began to learn his craft. After studying at the University of the Arts, Joe returned to Rehoboth, and to the business he loved.

His experience in local restaurants include many years at Eden and Jam in Rehoboth, and Le Virtu in Philadelphia working under owners Cathy Lee and Francis Cratil. In 2014 he opened Bramble and Brine in downtown Rehoboth, which was very well received.

Joe lives in Rehoboth with his fiancée Jessica and his son Zev.


Rob Bagley

Rob Bagley

Bar Manager

contact: rob@cuveeray.com

Rob Bagley was born in Maryland and moved to the Delaware Beach as a young teen and graduated from Cape Henlopen High School. His first job in the service industry was as a fountain worker at the local Friendly’s. He loved this job, creating sundaes and even won the regional Ice Cream Olympics competition.

His formative experience as a barman was under Chef Joe Churchman, who encouraged him to explore his craft and gave him full access to a gourmet kitchen to create syrups, infusions, bitters, purees and mixes. During this time, Rob spent all of his free time studying the art of cocktail creation. He read every book on cocktail creation that he could get his hands on. Rob, along with Joe, would learn to create new and bold flavor combinations, and then work to create a more refined Cocktail.

For Cuvée Ray’s Wine Bar and Restaurant, Rob was hired to design the cocktail program, help setup and open the bar, and be the bar manager upon opening. Rob crafted the cocktail menu at Cuvée Ray around the fact that Cuvée Ray is primarily a wine bar and restaurant. He wanted wine to be woven into the cocktail list in new and inspired ways using wine based aperitifs, vermouths, amaros, grape derived Spirits, and wine barrel aged spirits from like bourbons and gins to create original cocktails and put a twist on the classics. The result is an exciting cocktail list unique to Cuvée Ray.


Debbie Kurz

Debbie Kurz

Co-owner of Cuvée Ray

Meet Debbie!

Deb Kurz was born in Detroit, Michigan and grew up primarily in Virginia. She is a graduate of James Madison University and spent her early career as a legal secretary. After marrying Ray and having two children Deb decided to leave her career to be a stay at home mom.

Deb’s journey into the wine world started in 1984 when along with her husband, she decided to take a wine course at American University. This would spark a passion in the couple that would inspire them to travel to wine regions across the country, in Europe, and most recently in Australia and New Zealand. Over the years, they have hosted countless wine tastings with friends, and Ray actually invented a wine/music experience he calls Vintunes, where participants match wines with musical selections.

After much research and contemplation, Ray and Deb decided to take their passion for music and wine and incorporate it into a restaurant concept in downtown Rehoboth, where they found the perfect location to pursue their dream.


Bethany Plunkett

Bethany Plunkett

Manager & Events Coordinator

For All Event Inquiries
Contact: bethany@cuveeray.com

 

Bethany was Born and raised in West Chester, Pennsylvania with roots in coastal Sussex County, spending most of her summers here. Her passion for the hospitality industry came honest as her Great Grandmother owned the last few blocks bay side in Fenwick Island, DE where she owned and operated cottages and apartments post World War II, retiring to Rehoboth Beach in 1970. Her Grandfather was a member of the Planning Commission here in Rehoboth in the 90’s, where he also volunteered delivering for Meals on Wheels.

Bethany’s hospitality experience is varied. She started out tending bar and serving and quickly moved into management, sales and marketing, and her true passion, event coordinating, in both the restaurant and hotel industry.

She was the Operational Manager and Events Coordinator for a winery in Pennsylvania. It was there she realized her true passion for wine and events, working tirelessly to organize weekly wine pairing and social events. She was also a contributing member of the Brandywine Artisan Wine Trail. When their doors unfortunately closed, she took a position in events for Harvest Ridge Winery and Rebel Seed Cider in Marydel, DE.

Bethany returned to Sussex County in early 2017 as a full-time resident to accept a position where she held several roles as Banquet Manager/Assistant to the Director of Food and Beverage and a Director of Sales and Marketing at the Atlantic Sands Hotel and Conference Center, in Rehoboth Beach.

Bethany has assisted many in the planning and executing of a variety of events, meetings, conferences, reunions, ceremonies, fundraisers, parties and weddings.

If you would like to inquire about hosting an event at Cuvee Ray she can be reached by emailing: bethany@cuveeray.com

 


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