About Merchant’s Fine Wine

Discovering Great Tastes since 1994

Merchant’s Fine Wine was founded in 1994 and has since been recognized as Michigan’s leading expert in wine, beer, spirits and gourmet foods. To date Merchant’s remains driven to provide the best selection, service and advice to our customers. We have earned a fabulous reputation being able to find that “hard to get item” and offering a wide variety of unique gourmet products. Whether you need some fine imported goodies, elite wines, or a Scotch to impress the boss, we will do our best to meet your needs and help you to discover your great taste.

Meet the Specialty Experts

Gail and John Lossia, Owners

Both John and his wife, Gail, manage Merchant’s Fine Wine with a great respect and appreciation to help everyone discover good taste. Gail is in charge of ordering and overseeing the specialty food department. John has been active in the business professionally since 1968 and is well versed in all aspects of the beverage industry, specializes in wines and super-premium spirits (Cognac, Single Malt Scotch, specialty Bourbon, and Grappa).

“Through the years I’ve tasted thousands of beverages, with alcohol and without, and have learned several basic truths of consumption. Wine always tastes better with food, beer is always best on a hot summer day, and always drink water before you go to bed. Also, no matter what I say or do, the Chianti I sell you will not taste as good here as when you drank it with that special someone on the veranda overlooking the Tuscan countryside.” — John Lossia

Todd Roberts, Manager

Since starting at Merchant’s Fine Wine in 1995, I have gained experience in every area of the store. My specialties are managing beverage planning for weddings or special events, spirits purchasing and gift baskets. If you are looking for the perfect gift or are stressing about your next big event, let me help you find the perfect solution: easy and worry-free.

Annette May, Emeritus and Certified Cicerone®

Annette May, Beer Manager & Certified Cicerone

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Hello! My name is Annette and I love beer. I’ve been working in the specialty beer business for nearly two decades, both in Michigan and in Chicago. I’m a Certified Cicerone®, (pronounced sis-uh-rohn ) which means I have proven expertise in selecting, acquiring, storing and serving today’s wide range of beers as well as recommending beers to serve with all kinds of foods. I was the first woman in the USA to attain this certification. For more information and advice about beer, please come and visit the expert team at Merchant’s Fine Wine’s Beer Department.

Fun facts:

  • There are over 80 different beer styles. I’ve had them all and can tell you something unique about every one!
  • I’ve done a lot of work with beer and food pairings and can recommend a wonderful beer match for every course.
  • The first Oktoberfest celebration included a horse race.
  • The Sumerian beer deity is a woman and her name is Ninkasi.
  • My husband and I met at a beer conference. We have a 4-tap draft system in our house.
  • I’ve even made sorbet with beer!

Any Special Requests?

Are you looking for that hard-to-find product? Did our store help you discover your good taste? Drop us a line, we’re always happy to hear from you. Cheers!
Wine: wine@merchantsfinewine.com
Beer: beer@merchantsfinewine.com
Spirits: liquor@merchantsfinewine.com
Gourmet Foods: food@merchantsfinewine.com
Gift Baskets: info@merchantsfinewine.com
General Info: info@merchantsfinewine.com

eVine Newsletter

If you are interested in becoming more involved with wine, beer, and gourmet foods through Merchant’s Fine Wine, we encourage you to subscribe to our bimonthly e-mail newsletter, the eVine. Along with detailing the monthly features from each department, it will also notify you of upcoming events and offer exclusive promotions available only by e-mail. If you have any questions about the mailing list, or Merchant’s Fine Wine in general, please contact info@merchantsfinewine.com.

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