About Us

About the Company

Selling Fine Wine Online Since 1999!

A pioneer in the early days of online wine retail, JJ Buckley Fine Wines remains an established leader in the world of web-based wine merchants. From our 43,000 square foot retail operation in Oakland, California, we offer premium and collectable wines, along with professional wine storage services, to discerning customers across the United States and around the world.

We believe outstanding value, stellar selection, personal service, and professional knowledge are the cornerstones that have built our loyal following and reputation for excellence. JJ Buckley takes great pride in offering our customers honest, impartial, and expert wine advice. Our team of Wine Specialists are at your disposal, ready with personalized recommendations to suit your palate or occasion. Don't take our word for it - read reviews from real JJ Buckley customers!

Selection & Expertise

Our buyers and Wine Specialists are among the best and most knowledgeable in the business. Bringing many years of fine wine experience to JJ Buckley, they work tirelessly to offer you the world's greatest wines at the most competitive prices. From superb steals to coveted collectables, from the best domestic releases to incredible imports, our extensive, real-time inventory of thousands of fine wines provides our customers unparalleled selection and value.

One of our many specialties is Classified Growth Bordeaux. Each year, the entire JJ Buckley team travels to the region for en primeur where we taste the new vintage before the wines are released as futures. Our annual Bordeaux Report (free to download from our Wine Reports page) provides an in-depth vintage analysis along with hundreds of tasting notes written by our own team of Wine Specialists. Additional visits to Bordeaux and other regions of the world are made throughout the year by our buyers to select and secure wines, as well as to negotiate with local wine suppliers and producers.

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.

Customer Service

At the end of the day, we are only as good as the level of service we provide. This is defined not just by the quality of our wines, but by the quality of our people and their dedication to customer satisfaction. Someone is always available to help you with questions about orders, products, or shipping - even after hours! Call us at 1-888-859-4637 for immediate assistance, or send us an email and someone from our team will get right back to you.

Online Order Management

JJ Buckley offers full online order management. Simply login to My Account to view your order history, manage your wines in storage, or set up shipments. It's easy and available anytime online, 24/7. We offer many payment options, including Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express. We also accept wire transfers and electronic checks.

Company History

JJ Buckley Fine Wines was founded by Shaun Bishop and Michael Stajer as the retail arm of WineCommune, the popular peer-to-peer auction site launched in 1999. At a time when Amazon and eBay were not quite household names, they envisioned a marketplace where wine enthusiasts and collectors could buy and sell premium and luxury wines through the use of evolving internet technology. As the success of WineCommune grew and became profitable, the enterprising and wine-loving 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, JJ Buckley Fine Wines was born. The idea was simple, but forward-thinking in the chaotic and fragmented world of online wine sales - to combine the high level of service and selection found at America's best brick and mortar wine stores, with prices conventional wine retailers could not possibly offer.

From humble beginnings, we now proudly employ over 50 dedicated wine professionals serving discerning customers across the United States and around the world. We believe outstanding value, stellar selection, personal service, and professional knowledge are the cornerstones that have built our loyal following and reputation for excellence.

In 2008, the San Francisco Business Times named JJ Buckley "The Fastest Growing Prvate Company in the San Francisco Bay Area" and Inc. Magazine listes us as the "Fourth Fastest Growing Private Food & Beverage Company in the U.S." We have also been recognized as one of the "Top 10 Places" to buy wine in America by Food & Wine Magazine.