About UsOur buying policy at Stannary St Wine Co. is quite simple: we spend a lot of time in the regions we specialise in, namely Burgundy and the US, tasting as much as possible, getting to know the winemakers and nurturing a real understanding of vineyards and terroirs. We then put our money where our tastebuds are and buy from those wineries that really excite us, be it because they are already making great wine or because we spot great potential in the winemaker.
We then ship the wines and hopefully persuade our customers they should be buying them, too!
When we begin working with someone we very much see it as a long term, mutual relationship. We are not interested in dipping in and out of wineries because once or twice a decade they might make a half decent wine. We prefer to work with people in whom we believe completely and who will fashion consistently high class, progressive and authentic wines.
In many respects, we see buying as more important than selling. If we buy well then sales will follow and with such a philosophy we have to buy what we are passionate about. All we then need to do is convey that passion to you. Between us all at Stannary St Wine Co. we have a lot of experience and we are not interested in buying what we think people might like. We have to trust our expertise and knowledge and buy wines we truly believe are fantastic. It is as simple as that.
Sam is our American West Coast specialist, regularly spending time there with his American wife, to discover exciting producers to add to our ever expanding US portfolio. Before joining the wine trade, he amassed a serious cellar of his own so understands exactly what it entails. Whether you are simply looking to fill a few gaps in your existing collection, or to begin buying your first bottles, Sam will be able to advise you personally.
|Gearoid Devaney MS
Gearoid Devaney MS is one of the most well-known and qualified sommeliers in the world, having passed his Master Sommelier qualification in 2009, after being voted best UK Sommelier of the Year 2008 and having worked in some of the top restaurants across Europe. Regularly judging for Decanter magazine and appearing in TV shows such as the BBC’s ‘Michel Roux’s Service’, Gearoid is in high demand but always available to advise you.
Jason Haynes works very much on the buying side, spending much of his time in Burgundy, liaising with growers and hoping to spot the next big talent before anyone else. In 2009, with twenty years of buying experience at the highest level behind him, he was consecrated a ‘Chevalier du Tastevin’ at the renowned Château du Clos de Vougeot by the Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin and returned to the same building a year later to marry a Burgundian.
Press and Awards
""...a jewel of a wine merchant specialising in Burgundy, USA and Italy." Joanna Simon, The Wine Gang
"They have more flair than my home team!" Michel Bettane, The World of Fine Wine
“Stannary Street is particularly strong on Burgundy, but there are also some terrific wines from the USA and elsewhere in their range.” Natasha Hughes MW
“…one of the most exciting burgundy dealers around.” Victoria Moore, The Daily Telegraph“The selection was impressive, and quality very consistent and very high.” Simon Woolf, Harpers
IWC Burgundy Merchant of the Year 2013/14
Highly Commended IWC California Merchant of the Year 2015/16
IWC Burgundy Merchant of the Year 2017/18