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Our Story

Out of the billions of bottles of wine purchased every year by enthusiasts around the globe, our commitment is to offer only extraordinary wines, and only ones our clients are going to love. We aspire to be the most trusted resource for wine lovers and producers. We offer the best wine selection in the industry and the best guidance to buy wines perfectly suited to your palate.

An incredible thing happens when 20,000 wines are tasted every year. It’s called curation. Our expert wine team and judging panel means we offer an unmatched experience, sourcing wines more broadly, vetting and selecting only the best.

Our judging panel, led by a Master of Wine and a Master Sommelier, carefully reviews and systematically profiles every single wine tasted — those we appreciate and those that wow. In the end, the wines we recommend are wines we stand behind and believe our clients will love. 

Meet our wine experts

Sur Lucero, MS

Sur is the 14th Krug Cup recipient, passing all three sections of the Master Sommelier exam on his first attempt. Previously National Director for Wine Education at Jackson Family Wines, he has been wine director or sommelier at restaurants such as The French Laundry, The Little Nell, Cyrus, Meadowood, and Daniel Boulud. In 2011, Wine & Spirits Magazine named Sur one of the Country's Top New Sommeliers.

Angelo Brutico

Angelo has been a leading wine industry professional for almost 40 years since establishing Sequoia Grove Vineyards in Rutherford, Napa in 1980. Since then, he has held a number of senior roles for wine importers, wineries, distributors, and retailers.

Vanessa Conlin

Vanessa was head of sales and marketing for several of Napa’s most prestigious estates including Arietta Wines, Dana Estates, and Realm Cellars. Previously, she was a retail buyer and wine bar wine director in New York. She’s a Napa charity auction Chairperson, holds the WSET Diploma, and was the recipient of the Niki Singer Memorial Scholarship from the International Wine Center in New York City. She is enrolled in the Institute of Masters of Wine program as a stage-two candidate.

Matt Deller, MW

Matt is one of only 41 Masters of Wine in the U.S. He judges international wine competitions such as Decanter World Wine Awards, TEXSOM International Wine Competition, and the Sydney International Top 100 Wine Awards, is an Instructor on the faculty of the Napa Valley Wine Academy, an expert panelist at several international wine events, and writes for various wine publications.

Being close to the source — the vineyards and wineries we write about everyday — is important to us. That’s why our offices are in the heart of Napa, San Francisco and Los Angeles. If we’re not at our desks, chances are, you’ll be tasting beside us at a winery, or might catch us trekking the vines.