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Our Story 

The barrier to the world's finest wine isn't price—it's access. But how you define “fine” wine is entirely subjective. One of the best wines you ever had might have been a $25 white, which you discovered during a tasting on a sunny day in wine country. It could have been a $400 bottle of Cabernet opened at the peak of its life at a dinner party. Or, it might be the next new bottle that arrives straight to your doorstep…

We’ve spent decades cultivating relationships with every major producer from California, Washington, and Oregon, to Argentina, Chile, France, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, and beyond. Our personal connections unlock access to the most out-of-reach wines from First Growth Bordeaux estates to Napa cult icons with the longest wait-lists and impossibly rare treasures.

Our members regularly tell us that while they are thrilled to have the opportunity to buy the classics, they love discovering up-and-coming winemakers and unchartered territories. We taste over 20,000 wines a year and offer only those that exceed our expectations as defined by their price. Because of our special relationships, connections to prestigious wineries, and time out on the wine trail, we make it all possible. With Wine Access, a world of classic, new, and rare wines awaits the turning of your corkscrew.

Meet our Wine Experts

Vanessa Conlin MW

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. Vanessa became the 52nd MW in the United States in February of 2020.

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. 

Jonathan Cristaldi

Jonathan Cristaldi is the Editor-in-Chief at Wine Access. He is also a Contributing Writer and Columnist for Food & Wine magazine and a Contributing Editor for Tasting Panel Magazine and The SOMM Journal. Previously, he served as the Chief Editor and Content Creator at Napa Valley Wine Academy. Cristaldi’s work has appeared in Los Angeles Magazine, First We Feast, Thrillist (National Edition), Tasting Table (National Edition), Time Out LA and Psychology Today.

Robert Emery

Robert Emery holds a Diploma from the Wine & Spirits Education Trust and is a student with the Institute of Masters of Wine, having passed the Theory portion of the MW exams. He was most recently General Manager for a winery in Napa Valley and previously a Manager for Total Wine & More. Robert has traveled through over seven countries in pursuit of a greater understanding of wine, judging numerous wine competitions.