Meet the Scouts

Customized. Curated. Collaborative. Your own personal guides to the best in wine and spirits.

We have assembled an expert team of seasoned wine and spirits sommeliers who will get to know you and your exclusive tastes as well as they know their own. Our Scouts come from various wine and spirit backgrounds, with years of experience in regions throughout the world. We taste four to five thousand wines a year to select the ten percent you will love.

Each of our Scouts contributes greatly to our success, as they consult with one another to provide consistent standards, and relentlessly pursue only those wines and spirits that each scout would stand behind. "If it's not great, we don't sell it." Our motto since 1994, and we mean it.

Alan Lewis, Court of Master Sommeliers, Level 1

Scout Since: 2005
Favorite Wines and Spirits:

Pinot Noir, Syrah, Cabernet, Sancerre, Rum

Rarest Wine Tasted:

1970 Ch√Ęteau d'Yquem Sauternes

Sean Tupper, CSW, Court of Master Sommeliers, Level 1

Scout Since: 2014
Favorite Wines:

Nebbiolo, Pinot Noir, Cabernet, Garganega, Chardonnay

Rarest Wine Tasted:

1982 Chateau Lafite Rothschild

Madeline Davis, WSET 2, Court of Master Sommeliers, Level 1

Scout Since: 2017
Favorite Wines and Spirits:

Champagne, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Rye, Gin, Tequila & did I mention Champagne?

Rarest Wine Tasted:

1989 Chateau Margaux

Sandro Moro, Court of Master Sommeliers, Level 1

Scout Since: 2016
Favorite Wines and Spirits:

Cabernet, Sangiovese, Pinot Noir, Nebbiolo, Champagne, Scotch, Tequila, Mezcal, and Fine Brandies

Rarest Wine Tasted:

1986 Domaine Leroy Richebourg

Zac Melendrez, WSET 2, Court of Master Sommeliers, Level 2

Scout Since: 2017
Favorite Wines:

Northern Rhone Syrah, German Riesling, Cabernet and Burgundy

Rarest Wine Tasted:

1979 Diamond Creek Gravelly Meadow Cabernet Sauvignon

Paige LaBue

Scout Since: 2017
Favorite Wines:

Zinfandel, Nebbiolo, Cabernet Franc

Rarest Wine Tasted:

1998 Cheval Blanc

Tia Simon

Scout Since: 2022
Favorite Wines:

Champagne, Merlot, Petite Syrah

Rarest Wine Tasted:

1971 Chateau Margaux

Michael Zanone

Scout Since: 2023
Favorite Wines:

Cabernet Sauvignon

Rarest Wine Tasted:

2006 Schrader Cellars T6 Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Ben de Alvarez, WSET 2

Scout Since: 2023
Favorite Wines:

Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, Super Tuscans, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, & Chenin Blanc

Rarest Wine Tasted:

1999 Chateau Margaux