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About Us LIVE

Our Story 

In our mission to secure the best wines in the world, we rarely rest, and we never settle. We visit the world’s most hallowed terroirs, explore its rising regions, and break bread with legendary winemakers, all with the goal of sharing coveted allocations and stunning values with you.

Join us as we travel the winding roads and sloping landscapes of a truly global wine country. As we gain access to coveted cellars from Bordeaux to Barossa Valley, as we discover hidden gems from California and Oregon, so do you. Experience the vineyards, crush pads, and caves where your favorite bottles are crafted. Hear the winemaker’s story, and learn the particulars that make every bottle more memorable.

We are a team of wine professionals qualified not only by our titles—Master Sommelier, Master of Wine—but by what inspired us to earn them in the first place: an unending passion for wine. Whether we are working to secure a small allocation of a single-vineyard rarity, a single case of a Grand Cru showpiece bottle, or 56 cases of a California classic, that passion is what drives us. We taste thousands of wines every year, and we stake our reputation on every bottle we select. 

Meet our Wine Experts

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. Vanessa has passed the Theory and Practical portions of the Master of Wine exam and is writing a research paper as the final stage.

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.