Les Marchands is a labor of love between Eric Railsback and Master Sommelier Brian McClintic, whose wine trips to Paris and Burgundy have inspired a fresh and dynamic vision for retail, dining, and education.
Whether picking out a bottle from our shop or stopping off at the tasting bar for some share plates and a glass, Les Marchands sets out to prove that a world-class food and wine experience can exist in a relaxing atmosphere, free of intimidation.
Brian brings over 15 years of hospitality experience with him to Les Marchands. His involvement with wine programs such as The Little Nell resort has helped foster a career spanning the major restaurant hubs of Los Angeles, Aspen, San Francisco, and now, Santa Barbara. From 2009-2011, McClintic was one of four subjects of a documentary film called SOMM (available on iTunes), which chronicled his journey to the elusive Master Sommelier title -- becoming the 107th individual in the U.S. to attain this honor. Brian is a published author with the Guild of Sommeliers. He has paneled food and wine festivals throughout the country and continues to teach for the Court of Master Sommeliers. Recently, Brian and Eric have teamed up on a Santa Barbara wine project called Vallin, along with winemaker Justin Willett and fellow Master Sommelier Dustin Wilson.
Eric’s emergence in the wine community began taking shape nearly a decade ago in Santa Barbara. He became wine director of the Hungry Cat on the heels of gaining valuable retail and sommelier experience at the Wine Cask. Railsback furthered his exposure to different producers and regions while at Silver Lake Wines and later running the programs of Osteria Mozza and Gordon Ramsey in Los Angeles. Despite possessing a broad palette, Eric has a unique connection to the wines of Burgundy. Fluent in French and working harvests all over the world, most notably at the wineries of Domaine Roulot, Emmerich Knoll in Austria, and Domaine Dujac, it was only a matter of time before Railsback caught the eye of Michael Mina’s Rajat Parr. Parr convinced Eric to help open the San Francisco hot spot RN 74 in early 2009, where he led a talented team of sommeliers for over three years before bringing it back full circle to Santa Barbara. Along with Vallin, his wine project with Brian, Eric has his own Santa Barbara label Lieu-Dit, focusing on Loire varietals.
A Marin County native, Ned grew up a stone’s throw from wine country, exposing him to numerous producers at an early age. He embarked on a professional career with Benchmark Wine Group in 2005, focusing on import logistics, sourcing wines throughout Europe, and private collection appraisals and acquisitions. Over the course of eight years, Benchmark grew from five employees to a global operation, handling cellars for a preferred core of rare wine collectors. Ned’s business travels include the UK, France, Switzerland, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, and numerous cities throughout the U.S. Moving to Les Marchands in 2013 brings a welcome shift -- reconnecting with producers in the most prominent wine regions and providing personal attention to individuals as they manage their private collections.
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-Thursday: 11am-10pm Friday & Saturday: 11am-Midnight
There are three public parking lots all within three blocks of Les Marchands:
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