About Stew's Wines
Stew Leonard's Wines began when CEO and President of Stew Leonard's food stores, Stew Leonard, Jr.,
was sitting around the table eating dinner with his family and realized the only item that his family's
store did not sell on the table was wine. After studying the wine industry, taking multiple wine courses
and traveling with the buyers, the first wine store opened in the Yonkers, New York store in 1999.
In addition to the first store, opened in Yonkers, N.Y., Stew Leonard's Wines has stores in Norwalk,
Danbury, and Newington, Conn.; Farmingdale and Carle Place on Long Island; and Clifton, Paramus, and Springfield,
N.J. Each wine store is independently owned and operated and is not part of a cooperative buying group,
or affiliated with the Stew Leonard's food stores.
What Makes Customers Say WOW! At Stew Leonard's Wines
- Stew Leonard's Wines focuses on customer service offering unique and innovative products at competitive
prices, representing the best value to the customer in taste and price. Each of the nine stores features
excellent signage which suggests food & wine pairings, tasting notes, and history.
- 80 % of the store's space is devoted to wine, with the remaining area carrying a
limited number of beer and spirits.
- Most stores feature new hardwood floors, oak ceilings, and easy-to navigate aisles.
- In most stores, there is a temperature controlled fine wine room featuring hard to find,
highly rated, limited production wines from around the world.
- Among the most knowledgeable staff in the industry, Stew Leonard's Wines has three
trainers to educate, instruct, and coach the team members at the stores. Team members
now total more than 150.
- Twenty team members are Certified Specialists of Wine, as qualified by the elite
Society of Wine Educators (SWE).
- Stew Leonard's Wines managers and buyers at each store location visit wineries,
trade shows and major tasting events in California, Spain, France, Chile and Italy to
learn more about the wines and find the best value.
- Several charitable and education wine tasting events occur throughout the year for organizations
such as the American Cancer Society and The United Way.
- Stew Leonard's Wines attracts some of the most notable names in food and wine for tastings
and book signings. Actor Danny DeVito gave fans a tasting of his Premium Limoncello; Lidia Matticchio
Bastianich stopped by to sign copies of her cookbook Lidia Cooks from the Heart of Italy; Rao's owner
Frank Pellegrino signed bottles of his Rao's wines; and actress and wine entrepreneur Lorraine Bracco
shared her selection of signature Bracco Wines.
- Awards and Accolades
- January 2011/ Long Island Press: Farmingdale Wine Store - Best Liquor Store in Best of Long Island 2011
- September 2009/ Long Island Press: Farmingdale Wine Store - Best Liquor Store in the Best of Long Island 2009
- September 2009/ Yonkers Chamber of Commerce: Yonkers Wine Store - Best Gourmet Supermarket and Wine Store in the "Best of Yonkers" Survey
- July-August 2009/ Westport Magazine: Norwalk Wine Store - Best Wine Tastings in Best of the Gold Coast 2009
- July 2009/ Danbury News Times: Danbury Wine Store - #1 Wine Store in Danbury
- July 2008/ Westchester Magazine: Yonkers Wine Store - Best Value Wine Shop in Best of Westchester 2008
- Spring 2011/ Norwalk Plus: Norwalk Wine Store - Best Wine Store in Best of Norwalk 2011
- December 2011 /Wine Enthusiast Magazine - Retailer of the Year 2011