Established in 1820, Acker Merrall & Condit is the oldest wine merchant in America, and has been the largest global fine and rare wine auction house spanning over a decade and one of the largest and most influential wine purveyors in the world. And yet, most folks most likely have never heard of them. So Acker Merrall is on a mission to change that.
I used to work directly within auctions, and I get it, the whole process can be daunting. I've had several phone calls with the Acker team, who you'll meet online, and I have to say, they are a bunch of crazy wine geeks who, collectively, have worked for Acker Merrall & Condit for almost forty years, and today, that says a lot.
Acker prides itself as being uniquely welcoming to all walks of wine lover – from the novice inquisitor to the well-established collector, bringing new, unique and truly extraordinary experiences to all. The Acker approach is to “combine our expertise with yours” fostering, stoking and building upon a love of wine and the wine-enhanced lifestyle – from world-class auctions, to wines for your dinner table, to daily tastings, a killer wine club, corporate services and customized, once-in-a-lifetime wine experiences. It’s all here at Acker Merrall & Condit, and we are waiting for you, glass in hand.
As always with #winestudio, wine serves as vehicle for conversation and inclusiveness. This extraordinary program is more about opening wine to showcase the diversity of offerings, affordable AND aspirational quality. Embracing that wine is experiential and part of a lively, happy, lifestyle focused on joie di vivre; deliberately taking moments, minutes and hours, to savor special times with friends and loved ones over fine food and wine, creating sensory memories that last a lifetime.
The Acker Merrall & Condit team likes to say: “all wine in all ways." Awesome.
As a thank you, Acker Merrall & Condit has given us a discount code: enter #winestudio in Special Notes at checkout for 10% off your first purchase. (Discount reflected on final invoice. Exclusions apply.)
The Acker Merrall & Condit team on #winestudio:
Samantha has been a member of the Acker Merrall & Condit team for over a decade. She earned her undergraduate degree from Bucknell University and shortly after college, in pursuit of her passions for food, wine, and travel, she studied with the Wine & Spirit Education Trust in New York City, earning her Advanced Certification with Distinction. She joined Acker Merrall & Condit in 2006, contributing to more than 350 live and online auctions in New York, Chicago, Europe and Hong Kong. She assisted in the coordination and execution of the Tsar’s Treasure auction in the Aland Islands, where a new world record for the world’s oldest and most expensive bottle of champagne was auctioned in 2011. She currently serves as auctioneer and Director of Operations.
Lily Mirabelle Freedman
Lily grew up in the New York City restaurant business which fostered her love of collecting and learning about fine and rare wine. While pursuing a degree at the University of Chicago, she worked in the kitchens of Daniel Boulud and Missy Robbins to learn the intricacies of the restaurant world. After college, she worked as a recipe developer at Bon Appetit Magazine and on several cookbooks. Lily spent a year as the client relations specialist at WineCredit, a specialty lender in the wine space, becoming an expert on the global wine market and cellar liquidation. She has served as the sommelier for Acker Merrall & Condit since 2014 and is a Certified Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers. As a Junior Partner in their Wine Workshop program, Lily orchestrates tastings of the world’s rarest wines and works with winemakers and wine critics to create the ultimate wine experience for novices and experts alike.
Cliff began his career at Acker Merrall & Condit in Sales and Management in the fall of 1996 upon completion of his undergraduate studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara. In his over 22 years at Acker, Cliff has run Sales, served as Wine Buyer, managed the Retail Store operation, and now heads the Business Development Department. In addition to his years of work at Acker, Cliff also ran a retail shop and wine list for a major restaurant in Santa Barbara called the Montecito Wine Bistro, and started his own winery in 2008 called ‘No Limit Wines’, which focuses on Rhone varieties in the Central Coast of California. Cliff is an avid NY Mets and Rangers fan, and a native New Yorker.
#winestudio Tuesdays November 9-10pm EST @AckerMerrall
Week 1: Tuesday, November 6 - Building a Killer Wine Collection: Demystifying Wine Auctions
Acker Merrall & Condit will be celebrating its 200th anniversary! We'll discus how the company earned its reputation by having the best customer service in the industry and has provided expert wine services for nearly two centuries. Acker Merrall offers a vast array of services including a deep inventory of fine & rare wine, recommendations on new releases, first class wine education amenities, in-store tastings and their business foundation: fine & rare wine auctions.
Whilst discussing the above, we'll be sipping on these beauties:
2000 JJ Christoffel Riesling Spatlese Erdener Treppchen
2006 Palomita Syrah Hamilton Vineyard
2000 Chateau Latour Carnet
Week 2: Tuesday, November 13 - Badass Holiday Wines & Building Your Wine Cellar
The holiday season is upon us and that means even more reasons to rely on the experts at Acker Merrall. Wine and spirits make excellent holiday gifts (in various bottle sizes) for everyone on your list! We'll discuss holiday gatherings with family, friends and co-workers and how a well-chosen bottle makes a perfect gift that the recipient will always remember – especially if consumed together!
Whilst discussing the above, we'll be sipping on these bottles:
Orin Swift, 2017 8 Years in the Desert
Week 3: Tuesday, November 20 - “More Than a Wine Merchant” – The Accessible Luxury Lifestyle & Redefining Wine Culture
Acker Merrall, with 200 years of experience in the wine industry, is the ideal resource for anyone who loves wine, whether you’re just a beginner or an established collector. From their super easy auctions, to fine and rare retail, corporate resources, in-store tastings and of course education, Acker Merrall is redefining what wine culture is today.
Week 4: Tuesday, November 27 - “A Case in Point”: The Acker Wine Club
So what makes the Acker Merrall Wine Club different than other wine clubs? Tune in and find out with the Acker team!
We'll be enjoying this lovely:
Reserve Club selection: Frank Family Vineyards, 2015 Zinfandel Napa Valley