About Us

Who We Are

We are JJ Buckley Fine Wines, and we’re passionate about wine retail. Our team comprises dedicated individuals ready to share their knowledge, seek out the finest wines, prepare and ship orders with care, and deliver exceptional customer service.

Our video series below shares a glimpse into who we are and what we bring to the world of online wine retail. Watch these clips to learn more about JJ Buckley Fine Wines. In these videos, we talk about the services we offer our clients, how we source and select our products, and how we develop and manage our warehouse operations.


About Our Company

As a pioneer of web-based wine retail, JJ Buckley Fine Wines remains an established leader in the world of online wine merchants. We offer premium and collectible wines, professional wine storage, and personalized wine consultation services to clients across the United States and around the world.

We believe outstanding value, service, knowledge, and trust are the cornerstones of our success. Our commitment to these values has helped build our loyal client following and unparalleled reputation.

Our team is at your disposal — ready with extensive product knowledge, wine storage solutions, and personalized recommendations for your cellar and special occasions.

Wine Selection & Expertise

Our buyers and Wine Specialists are among the best and most knowledgeable in the fine wine industry, elevating our business with their integrity, enthusiasm, and diverse experience. The JJ Buckley team includes Certified Sommeliers and WSET-certified specialists who excel at harnessing their expertise to provide our clients professional and unbiased advice. 

Our extensive selection of thousands of in-stock and pre-arrival fine wines are carefully selected by JJ Buckley’s seasoned buyers. We source directly from wineries and reliable negociants to ensure the bottles we sell are of the highest provenance and quality. 

When you buy from JJ Buckley, you can be confident that our entire inventory is curated by experienced buyers, sourced from reliable suppliers, and transported with great care to our temperature-controlled facility.

Bordeaux Specialists

We are proud that one of our specialties is Classified Growth Bordeaux. Each year, our team of Fine Wine Specialists and buyers travel to Bordeaux for en primeur to meet with winemakers and taste the vintage before the wines are released as futures. Our annual Bordeaux Report — available for download on our Wine Reports page — provides a comprehensive vintage analysis along with hundreds of tasting notes written by our team of Wine Specialists.

Our buyers make additional visits throughout the year to Bordeaux and other global wine regions to select and secure fine wines, and to negotiate agreements with local wine suppliers and producers. We believe in the human connection, and we take time during these visits to build lasting relationships and mutually beneficial partnerships.

Customer Service

JJ Buckley Fine Wines strives to help clients with all aspects of collection curation, wine pairing, and storage needs. When you contact us, you’ll be paired with a Fine Wine Specialist who will serve as your dedicated account manager to provide best-in-class sales, service, and professional wine advice.

A member of our team is always available to answer your questions, even after hours. Call us toll-free at 1-888-859-4637 for direct assistance or send us an email and we'll be in touch within one business day, if not sooner. 

Don't take our word for it: Read reviews from other JJ Buckley clients to see what they love about our curated inventory and incomparable customer support.

Online Order Management

In addition to phone and email-based support, JJ Buckley offers complete online order management, giving clients full control over their orders and a convenient online shopping experience. Log in to My Account to view your order history, review your pending arrivals, or set up shipments for your wines in storage.

We offer several payment options — including Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, and PayPal. We also accept wire transfers and electronic checks.

Company History

Shaun Bishop and Michael Stajer founded JJ Buckley Fine Wines as the retail arm of WineCommune — a popular wine auction site first launched in 1999 to connect buyers and sellers. At a time when Amazon and eBay were not yet household names, these partners envisioned an online marketplace where wine enthusiasts and collectors could buy and sell premium and luxury wines.

As WineCommune further matured, the enterprising business partners looked to the future. In 2004, they launched WineZap — a comparison shopping engine that allowed users to search for wines and compare prices across hundreds of retailers.

In 2006, after building a loyal membership and brand for both WineCommune and WineZap, the two founders created their finest collaboration yet: JJ Buckley Fine Wines. The idea was to combine the high level of service and selection found at America's best brick-and-mortar wine stores with prices that traditional wine retailers were not able to offer.

Today, we are proof that online wine retail can rise to excellence. We are proud to employ more than 50 dedicated professionals under the JJ Buckley brand. Our clients, who extend across the country and the world, have come to rely on our trustworthy approach to discovering and offering the finest wines.

JJ Buckley Fine Wines is committed to exceptional value, stellar selection, personalized service, and professional knowledge. We are proud to adhere to the cornerstones that have made us who we are.

In 2008, Inc. Magazine listed us as the "Fourth Fastest Growing Private Food Beverage Company in the U.S." and The San Francisco Business Times named JJ Buckley "The Fastest Growing Private Company in the San Francisco Bay Area." We have also been recognized as one of the "Top 10 Places" to buy wine in America by Food & Wine Magazine and a "Best Online Wine Retailer” winner featured in the 2020 edition of The Wine Enthusiast’s "America's 50 Best Wine Retailers".

Appreciative and humbled by our past, we invite you to join us as we look to the exciting opportunities of the future.