A Little About McKinney Wine Merchant
Someday soon I hope to be using the pronoun “we” when describing who we are but for the time being it’s just “I”. I’m Andy Doyle and the owner of McKinney Wine Merchant – as well as the guy that works here. The store represents the launch of the second half of my career; one spent closer to home. I’d been into cooking as a kid and worked at a restaurant on the San Francisco Bay during high school after which I joined the Marines to do some growing up. Upon discharge (honorable, mind you) I resumed my pursuit of the culinary ‘arts’ in Santa Rosa and St. Helena where I kicked around at a few more decent joints. Eventually I wound up knocking on the door of Korbel Champagne Cellars in the Russian River Valley where I was fortunate to take on a backyard wine sales position; effectively trading the knife and sauté pan for a box cutter and feather duster.
The course of the next twenty years saw a transfer to a larger wine company, several promotions and managerial assignments from the Bay Area to North Texas to The Great Lakes to the Central Plains. Along the way I’d been involved with hundreds of wines, wine dinners, retailers, restaurants, distributors, tastings, hotels…and airports. In early 2010 things changed, and that portion of my career ended. I never got around to becoming certified by a wine society or the Court of Sommeliers but, as you might imagine, developed a pretty sharp working knowledge of grape based beverages and a talent for talking to people about it. I opened this store on April 5, 2011.
What We Do
As with any industry, the wine business has Good Guys and Other Guys. In mine, one group has an acute sense of taste, a love of fine foods, a bias toward things genuine and are invested in a faith that better flavor will prevail . The other group is motivated by numeric values – period…not that there’s anything wrong with that, paid bills are good. Which group, however, would you trust in vinting or recommending a wine?…and which group do you think is managing the selection at your national chain grocery store?
McKinney Wine Merchant recognizes the diminishing availability of things that taste really good and strives to procure and sell wines of uncommon character, integrity and value. I carry about 200 wines from six continents, all of which are chosen to connect my customers with achievement in ‘winemaking’; as opposed to ‘deliverables’ in marketing or category management. I’ve tasted about 95% of the wines in stock, most of those in a ‘blind’ process. Prices range from $9.00 to $300. All of the white wines are chilled. You can walk in the store or choose online.
I can deliver wine in and within two miles of McKinney before the store opens and if business gets humming will hire some help and should be able to expand delivery capacity. You can join our Wine-of-the-Month Club for a very pleasant and affordable surprise 12 times per year. I do a great job of finding the hard-to-find; special orders are a specialty whether it’s a $10 Chardonnay you fell in love with on your honeymoon or a $100 Cabernet from a tiny vineyard that few have ever heard of.
Oh, there are a few beers and accessories here too. Given the trends I doubt that better flavor will prevail, but in this community it should, and I’m invested. I’m dedicated to the preservation of serious winemaking, and the enjoyment of serious wine. You should make every effort to buy all of your wine at McKinney Wine Merchant, forever.