OUR STORY

What We Believe

There has never been a better time to be a wine lover. The overall improvement in winemaking combined with modern technology and innovation, and the optimization of freight and shipping has created a US marketplace unlike any other in the world. As a result, the options are abounding and seemingly endless. Exploring the wines of the world, the people behind them, and the backroads of bucolic wine regions are our reasons for being. Fine wine appreciation is one of life's greatest pleasures and pursuits. Great wine accompanies peak moments; a romantic dinner on the Italian coast, a special birthday celebration, a wedding, an anniversary, or a hamburger at a tailgate. When we find wines that brighten our day and bring a smile to our faces, we're inspired to share them, because sharing is what wine is about for us. Delivering joy to our clients is the most satisfying part of our job.

Like you, we love wine

Not just any old wine, the uncommonly good kind. The kind of wine that's only found by traveling to the famous wine regions (and a few up-and-coming ones) to meet the winemakers and watch the wines being made. We've developed a knack for seeking out the best new wines emerging from a crowded field. We have a nose for hidden gems. It's our mission to scour the earth to find great wines and deliver them to you.

Who we are

BigHammerWines.com is an online wine retailer based in California that operates a unique direct import and distribution company. By eliminating the middleman, you pay less. One of our founders is a winemaker who is trained to identify wine flaws and greatness in a unique way. With over 20 years of experience in all facets of the wine business, we've done it all. Today, we're leveraging our expertise to bring the best wines to you.

How We Select and Offer Wines for Sale

We only trade in fine wine. This is our expertise and passion. We're highly selective. Of 4,500 wines we taste each year, only 4% will make the grade. Our specialty is selling $40 comparable value wines for under $20. (see "Taking a Shorter Path to Happiness infographic on homepage)

  • We operate a volume direct to consumer model, which means our pricing is similar to wholesale pricing. So low, in fact, that our suppliers often ask us to keep our sales price hidden from Google and Wine-searcher
  • We make email and text offers to you based on your preferences (red, white, sweet, daily or weekly)
  • We don't buy private label, white label, or control branded wines and make up suggested retail prices (SRPs)
  • We don't pay for ratings or reviews from sommeliers
  • As an online business we have low overheads which means lower prices for you (compare our prices against other online retailers)

Our Guarantee 

We guarantee you'll be delighted with our selections. If you're displeased, contact us and we'll make it right. 

We pride ourselves with a high level of customer service. We'll attentively respond to your inquiry within 24 hours.

Your Friend in the Wine Business 

If you've been to a grocery store staring at a wall of wine and don't know what is good or what to buy, BHW is able to assist in choosing the right wine. Most of our wines are 90+ rated quality wines.

Once you order from us, you'll know why so many people trust our taste for great wines. 

We find outstanding wines that represent exceptional quality and value, at every price point.
 Although we try to focus on wines not widely available, if you're looking for something in particular, send us an email and we'll check to see what we can do for you.

Shopping Tip: 
Mix and match products for free shipping when the products show ***Free Shipping on 6 or more bottles of this wine*** in the product description.

We're an online-only store with many wines in our warehouse, many of which are not advertised on our site. If you are looking for a particular vintage or have specific interests, get in touch. If you need the right wine at the right time, we have outstanding logistics to deliver wine to your doorstep.

If you're interested in selling collectable wines, we also buy private collections with verifiable provenance. Simply email us a list of wines you want to sell and we'll reply with a free evaluation. 

Any questions, feel free to call us directly at (619) 567-9244. Our mailing address is 75 Los Padres Way Buellton, CA 93427.

Thank you for shopping with us.

We're crushing the competition for wine online.