VinAccess International seeks unique wines that offer both great taste and great quality. Easier said than done. Our passion for finding wines has been a lifelong pursuit, that evolved to become a vocation. Today we continue to search for boutique properties that American consumers will appreciate, focusing on the wine regions of Spain, France, Italy.
VinAccess International began as ShipItHomeUSA. Barry Gilbert followed his passion for wine, food and travel, and launched ShipItHomeUSA in 2010. Having traveled to Europe since 1968, he felt first hand the frustration of discovering wonderful wines, but never being able to bring home more than 1 or 2 bottles. After 30 years in the consumer products industry, he decided to apply his professional experience by helping international wineries market their wine to American tourists. Here the discovery of unique boutiques wineries became the goal. And VinAccess International began importing wines in 2011.
Gilbert’s passion for travel has taken him around the world. As Senior Vice President for Warner Bros International, he opened up retail stores in over 11 countries outside the US. In 1996, as President of The Sharper Image, he supervised operations in the US, Japan, and Europe.
Mr. Gilbert has been CEO of Smith & Hawken, online jewelry retailer Miadora, Le Gourmet Chef, and Informative. He has served on the boards of Cleverset, Inc, New Vine Logistics, Nextsport, and Reading Revolution. Mr. Gilbert has been an active angel investor belonging to both The Angel’s Forum and the Keiretsu Forum investing in innovative consumer products and technology companies.
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