Discerning collectors demand accuracy, efficiency, and appreciate the expansion of their wine knowledge. The team at Les Marchands has the experience to provide services and guidance needed to manage a world-class private collection…as well as the contacts to acquire those sought after bottles. Listed below are the elements involved and available options.
Sourcing wine for clients is a delicate process that starts with determining the needs and preferences of the individual. The next step is location. Whether via auction houses, private cellars, retail or overseas acquisition, provenance is of the utmost concern. Prior to any purchase, the team at Les Marchands will exercise discretion to ensure authenticity, proper bottle conditions, and ideal storage.
Inevitably, clients decide they want to sell part of their collection. Les Marchands will manage the process and approach the appropriate buyers. Possessing deep industry ties and discerning which relationships to leverage will guarantee top dollar is commanded.
Throughout the life of a private cellar, clients want their wines appraised for many purposes, including investment, resale, and insurance. Estimates will take into consideration fair market value generated from auction houses, retailers, and brokers.
Proper management of a private cellar starts with real-time, accurate reporting on wines in a given collection. A complete physical inventory can be taken with a system customized to track incoming and outgoing bottles. Cellar evaluations are also offered to check for bottle authenticity and conditions. Should a client desire to place wines into storage, we are happy to recommend the most relevant facility for the needs of the individual.
We are excited to help restaurants develop award-winning wine programs. By the glass and cellar guidance, purchasing programs, and staff training (table service and wine education) ensures a sound program that will provide additional presence for a restaurant with ambitious goals.
Private events can be crucial to business or simply a good time, often combining a bit of both. We pride ourselves on executing wine service for both personal and corporate functions. Upon request, we can also arrange for an acclaimed chef to pair dishes with the featured wines of the event.
Dream vacations can be coordinated for parties big and small. Services include appointments at renowned wineries, dinners and wine list suggestions. A member of Les Marchands can also accompany the group as a guide and provide translation in France.
Wine is as captivating a subject as it is endless. Les Marchands will travel to your home or place of business and tailor classes to wine drinkers at all levels. Master Sommelier Brian McClintic has provided educational seminars and has guided analytical tasting sessions throughout the USA.
Wine is very often a personal gift that takes thoughtful consideration. We are sensitive to finding the right bottle of wine for the right person. We have the ability to source specific vintages for a single person or create large volume holiday gifting programs for businesses and corporations.
If you’re visiting the Santa Barbara area, please stop by and enjoy our wine bar and retail shop.
131 Anacapa St., Suite B, Santa Barbara CA 93101 - GET DIRECTIONS
Sunday through Thursday: 11am to 10pm
Friday & Saturday: 11am to 11pm
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Le Gouter: 3pm-5pm (cheese/charcuterie)
Dinner: Daily: 5pm to 9pm
There are three public parking lots all within three blocks of Les Marchands:
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