About SommSelect

Our Story

Ian Cauble and Brandon Carneiro, the co-founders of SommSelect, met in 1999 at Sonoma State University and became fast friends during their time as undergrads. Ian majored in international business and Spanish; Brandon studied economics.

Six years later they reconnected in Las Vegas where Brandon was working as a fine wine salesperson and Ian was an aspiring Sommelier at one of the hottest new restaurants. Both had been seduced by the complexity and richness of wine, and had a passion for sharing their wine knowledge with others. Ian went on to earn the rigorous Master Sommelier title (watch the movie, SOMM, all about his journey) and Brandon went on to earn an MBA.

In 2014 they launched SommSelect as a way to give you access to sommelier-selected wines to enjoy with family and friends, or to thoughtfully expand your collection. Each day they bring you a new discovery, and a new education in wine.

At the start of 2017, Ian & Brandon brought in veteran sommelier and wine writer David Lynch as Editorial Director. In this role, David shapes the site’s content, adding his voice to our daily offers and striving to make SommSelect the most authoritative and entertaining wine seller in e-commerce. Perhaps best known for co-authoring the award-winning Vino Italiano (and for his 7 years as Wine Director, then GM, of New York’s Babbo Ristorante), David has a unique skill set: He was a Senior Editor at Wine & Spirits magazine and, more recently, a columnist for Bon Appétit; on the restaurant side, he was more recently the Wine Director at San Francisco’s Michelin-starred Quince, and later at his own restaurant, St. Vincent. He’s one of very few people to win James Beard Awards for both Journalism (2001) and Restaurant Wine Service (2004).

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