Épernay Wine & Spirits is the only Sommelier owned and operated wine + liquor store on the island of Nantucket. Why trust your wine choices to anyone else?
OPEN 11 AM – 7 PM DAILY
Located at 1 North Beach Street on the corner of Easton Street,
between the White Elephant and Nantucket Hotel, and within
walking distance to downtown Nantucket and other inns in the area.
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 working at some of the nation’s finest restaurants, including Caneel Bay Resort on St. John, USVI, 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 as Advanced Sommelier, Certified Wine Educator (CWE), and Diploma of Wine & Spirits (DWS). Her time on Nantucket began many years ago volunteering for the Nantucket Wine Festival, followed by a few years of seasonal work on island. She took over the reins of Épernay Wine & Spirits and made Nantucket her current home with husband Kirk Baker.
Chief Tasting Officer + Certified Sommelier
With experience in restaurant management while living 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 then managed the fine wine division of Frederick Wildman & Sons, an importer of over 30 brands across the globe, in the Florida market. Here he learned the aspects of the distributor side of the wine business, as well as intricate details of the seasonal retail wine trade. Kirk brings with him to Nantucket a great passion and knowledge of the wine and its business, along with a keen hospitality mind set, along with seasonal small business management experience. He is an avid Red Sox fans, loves Madaket sunsets and is a grill master.