Left Bank Wine + Spirits was started as a small wine wholesaler in December of 1985 by Mark Johnston. Mark established and cultivated relationships around the globe and introduced wines from small, family owned producers to restaurants and retail shops throughout the state of Wisconsin. It was a one-man operation with Mark doing everything from purchasing, to selling, to delivering and everything in between.
Over the years, Left Bank has grown and so has the list of suppliers we work with. In addition to wine, Left Bank represents a carefully curated portfolio of spirits glassware, cider and sake. Some of our suppliers are big and some are small, but it’s the quality and the value that are important to us and to our customers. In addition to expanding our portfolio of products, we know how to build awareness and gain traction of our products. We have seen and continue to see results as many of our brands become recognized and sought after by wine and spirits buyers and consumers in Wisconsin.
Our office and warehouse staff works hard to ensure incoming products are received and stocked properly so they can then be delivered correctly and on time. When you call our office, a real person answers the phone and if they can’t answer your question, they will get you to the person who can. Our warehouse and delivery personnel are knowledgeable about the products in our warehouse. Thousands of cases are picked, loaded on trucks and delivered every week.
The Left Bank sales force is made up of 24 experienced individuals, many of whom have worked in restaurants or retail shops prior to joining the our team. Sales representatives and merchandisers live and work in all corners of the state of Wisconsin, from Lake Superior, to the Illinois border. We love everything about wine and spirits, including cooking, travel, history, geology and more. We also thoroughly enjoy sharing stories about, and sampling products from our producers with customers.
All of our sales representatives work with both restaurant and retail customers. On any given day, you might find them organizing their back room inventory, building a display and filling shelves in a grocery store or wine shop in the morning and sampling wines or training restaurant staff in the afternoon. We have products to pair with any cuisine, and staff to hone wine lists for fine and casual dining environments.
Though Left Bank has grown a hundred-fold since 1985 and while Mark has handed off day to day management to Stacy Sandler and her team, the philosophy remains the same; treat people with respect and courtesy and offer products that over-deliver at their price-point. We are financially stable and therefore able to invest in the future. We also have what we like to call a dream team of brand and sales managers. They are not sitting at desks, but out in the market talking to customers and working with sales staff. Our management team is knowledgeable about trends and our competition. They travel the state as well as the world to develop their wine and spirits knowledge. They are not chasing trends, but bringing products to Wisconsin that are relevant and have staying power.
Whether you are a prospective or current customer, supplier, employee or simply a lover of wine and spirits, we are excited that you’ve landed on our website and we hope you enjoy exploring our products. If you don’t see what you’re looking for or have a question, please drop us a note. We’d love to hear from you!