Épernay Wine & Spirits is the only Sommelier owned and operated wine + liquor store on the island of Nantucket.
We are located at 1 North Beach Street on the corner of Easton Street. We are within walking distance between the White Elephant and Nantucket Hotel along with several inns in downtown Nantucket.
OPEN 12 – 7 PM (CLOSED SUNDAY)
CLOSED: Memorial Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas
January, February, March
Champagne Taster + Owner Advanced Sommelier, CWS, DWS
Benzie is an accomplished and talented sommelier with a vast array of experience in the wine business. She honed her skills by working at some of the nation's finest restaurants, including her start at Caneel Bay Resort on St. John, USVI, as well as Wine Director at Michael's Restaurant in Santa Monica, Café Boulud in Palm Beach and CRU Restaurant on Nantucket. Her credentials are among the top in her field and include Advanced Sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers, Certified Wine Educator (CWE) by the Society of Wine Educators and has earned the Diploma of Wine & Spirits (DWS) with the Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET). She is a participating Sommelier in the annual Wine Spectator New York Wine Experience. She has been a consecutive Wine Judge for the American Fine Wine Competition and the Sommelier for the Palm Beach Wine Auction. She has traveled extensively to broaden her knowledge of wines throughout France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Canada and in the wine regions of the United States, including her home state of Virginia.
Her time on Nantucket as a wash ashore began by volunteering for the Nantucket Wine Festival. After years of participating with this event followed by several years of seasonal work on island, she had the opportunity to purchase Épernay Wine & Spirits and make Nantucket her new home with her husband Kirk Baker.
Chief Tasting Officer + Certified Sommelier
After many years in restaurant management in Florida, Kirk made the move to work as a sales consultant for Transatlantic Wine & Spirits, the fine wine division of Southern Wine & Spirits. He was then asked to manage the fine wine division of Frederick Wildman & Sons, an importer of over 30 brands across the globe) for the state of Florida. This enabled Baker to learn all aspects of the distributor side of the business as well as intricate details of the seasonal retail wine business. Kirk brings with him to Nantucket a great passion and knowledge of the wine and its business, along with a keen hospitality mind set and along with seasonal small business management experience. He is an avid Red Sox fans, loves Madaket sunsets and is a grill master.