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Grand Cru Wine Consulting is the discerning choice for collectors seeking fine and rare wine concierge services. We offer a full portfolio of services including acquisitions, liquidation, cellar management, private events, gifts and travel planning. Our relationships on a global level allow us consistent access to the world’s greatest wines and winemakers. Our ability to provide impeccable execution and unbiased advice is second to none.


Our goal is to provide the highest level of service to a select number of clients in order to maintain focus. We prefer to work closely with our clients in order to identify their preferences and long-term/short-term goals for their collections. We are dedicated to building lasting relationships based on integrity, execution and mutual trust. We have clients whose objectives include personal consumption, investment and entertaining. We regularly review our clients’ purchases and inventory to make sure their collections continue to reflect their high standards.

 


Listed below are examples of Grand Cru Wine Consulting's services. By no means are we limited to them. We are happy to hear about any of your wine related needs.

We will identify and locate wines for clients based on their needs and preferences. The primary sources include auctions, private cellars, retail and overseas purchases. Provenance will play a critical role – no wine will be purchased indiscriminately. If necessary, a member of Grand Cru will inspect bottles prior to purchase to verify authenticity, bottle conditions and proper storage.

When clients are looking to sell parts of their collection, we will manage the process and present the collection to numerous potential buyers. By leveraging our industry relationships, we can ensure that top profits are realized.

We offer appraisals of our clients' collections for investment, reselling and insurance purposes. Values listed are based on current market data compiled from auction houses, retailers and brokers.

We will provide accurate and effective reporting on the wines our clients have at all times. A complete physical inventory can be taken with a customized system to track incoming and outgoing wines. If clients are looking to place wines into storage we will research the facilities that are most suited to their needs. We also offer cellar evaluations to check for bottle authenticity and conditions.

We can arrange for sales and consignments to develop restaurant wine lists into award winning programs. We regularly work with some of the country's top restaurants including Daniel, Blue Hill and Locanda Verde among others.

We will arrange and execute professional wine service for personal or corporate events. We can also have an acclaimed chef prepare dishes to complement the featured wines. If desired, a lecture by a member of the Grand Cru team can accompany the evening.

We can organize dream vacations to wine country for large or small parties. Appointments at esteemed Domaines and Chateaux, dinners and wine list suggestions will all be arranged. A member of Grand Cru can also accompany the group acting as a guide.

When purchasing gifts, there is a difference in simply finding a bottle of wine and finding the right bottle of wine for the right person. We will customize each gift to make sure the receiver is elated with their new found wine.


We will provide accurate and effective reporting on the wines our clients have at all times. A complete physical inventory can be taken with a customized system put in place to track incoming and outgoing wines. We are familiar with a variety of methods to track and manage collections. Our preferred online database system to use is Cellar Tracker which is the most robust and user friendly. We also regularly use systems such as Vinfolio and eSommelier while some clients simply prefer to keep their wines on a customized spreadsheet. We are very flexible and will work with whatever method is best suited to the needs of the individual. We also offer cellar evaluations to check for bottle authenticity.

 

The core team consists of two of today’s most knowledgeable and experienced fine wine professionals: David Beckwith and Tim Hirsch. We represent extensive experience in all aspects of the wine industry, from auctions to retail to consulting and fine dining services. What distinguishes Grand Cru is our hands-on approach to all aspects of your collection. We will personally oversee and execute the processes involved to ensure our clients are constantly receiving the finest expertise available.

(917)280-3790 • david@grandcruwc.com
David comes to Grand Cru Wine Consulting with expertise in all aspects of the fine wine industry. Soon after starting his career at Zachys Wine & Liquor, he joined the Zachys Wine Auctions team as a Specialist, personally overseeing more than $16 million worth of consignments. His responsibilities included appraisals, market research, bottle assessments, rare wine authenticity and inventory management. David’s passion then drove him to work as a Sommelier at Babbo, Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich’s flagship restaurant where he further developed his knowledge of both fine wine service and Italian wines. Prior to joining Grand Cru Wine Consulting, David held the position of East Coast Wine Director for California-based Vintrust where he was responsible for dozens of private clients utilizing Vintrust’s wine buying and cellar management services. David has assisted with wine events throughout the country such as La Paulee, Napa Valley Wine Auction, Naples Wine Festival plus numerous private dinners at homes and esteemed restaurants. He has also worked elite wine events with some of America's most respected wine critics, notably Robert Parker of the Wine Advocate, Allen Meadows of Burghound and John Gilman of View from the Cellar.

tim@grandcruwc.com
Tim Hirsch joined Grand Cru in 2014 taking on the role of project and operations manager. Beginning at Wine Library, Tim has worked in three of the industry’s major sectors; retail, wholesale, and now private consultation. As a buyer at Wine Library, he curated the store’s selection of German, Austrian, and Alsatian wines. He also coordinated the early stages of the store’s customer education programs, taking it upon himself to arrange in home tastings and large events with customers. Tim left retail in 2012 for a sales position at The Vine Collective, serving customers throughout the five boroughs and northern New Jersey. At work in the wholesale industry, Tim developed a deeper knowledge of the New York restaurant and retail market, in all of its constant and dynamic development. Now he brings his experience working in high volume retail, wholesale, and private consultation to bear managing client inventories, performing cellar work, on demand sommelier service and event planning. His goal is to bring personal attention, thoughtful advice and a healthy serving of joy to clients and friends looking to deepen their relationship with fine and rare wines.

 


"I would strongly recommend Grand Cru Wine Consulting to any serious collector of fine wines. I've worked extensively with both of them and find them incredibly knowledgeable, honest and helpful. They have wisdom on wine beyond their years and are universally respected by collectors. Their breadth of contacts and closeness to the market make them an invaluable resource."
- Tom Tuft, Chairman, Global Capital Markets Advisory, Lazard

"When you have a member of Grand Cru Wine Consulting working for you, everything wine related falls perfectly into place including fine dining. Imagine the experience your clients, close friends or family will have when your own personal Sommelier is sitting at the table with you. We discuss the wine selections days in advance so we can relax and enjoy dinner. My Grand Cru advisor knows what I like to drink, what my client likes to drink, what I have in my collection and how to pair it with our food. Grand Cru will bring a special expertise to your table that will enhance your dining pleasure and make it extraordinary."
- Gerry Gaudet, A.V.P., Tullett Prebon

 

 

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