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Our Story 

Our Mission

We’re here to make life more interesting. To create the space, every day, to be surprised. To actually trek and taste the terroir, not just talk about it. To raise glasses – and sometimes eyebrows. We elevate culture and craft, not margins and middlemen. We shape and share the stories that take us all to extraordinary places, beyond our own expectations and even comfort zones. It’s time to bring wine, wine lover, and winemaker together. To replace exclusivity with curiosity, and pretension with delight. That’s how we create a richer experience in every bottle. And make every day more meaningful.

We're here to bring wine to life for a life beyond extraordinary.

We’re all looking for something extraordinary. That trip to a far-flung place, the new restaurant that just soft launched, a bottle of extraordinary wine. Chasing our curiosity is how we feel most alive. And it just happens to be the best way to find the world’s finest bottles.

We never settle in our hunt for the small lots, up-and-coming producers, legendary masters, and coveted labels that define the art of wine. We stake our reputations on every bottle we select. And we invite you inside the world of wine while we’re at it. To experience the vineyards, cellars, and caves where your favorite bottles come from. To take you direct to the source, meeting the winemakers with every story we tell. And to learn the particulars that make every bottle taste that much better.

Because wine should be an extraordinary experience, from grape to glass and every moment in between. We’re here to give you extraordinary access, and take you to extraordinary places along the way.

Over 20,000 wines have been tasted. Only the very best make it on our site. This is where our commitment to making extraordinary begins.

Meet our Wine Experts

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.

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. 

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 is a student in the Master of Wine program and has passed the Theory portion of the MW exams.

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.