about us

Since the repeal of prohibition, Mt. Carmel Wine & Spirits Co. has been a source for rare wines, as well as specialty wines where worth exceeds price. Value has always been our first priority. We go out of our way — often to Europe — to find the best wines of their type for the money.

Much of what we find may have not been reviewed in major wine publications simply because the production was so limited that samples weren’t submitted. These journals always review an innumerable amount of very good wines, many of which we carry, often at prices lower than published. We’ve always prided ourselves on unearthing wines from the same regions, but that offer far more substance for the dollar. The bulk of our exclusives are imported directly from France. We are then able to pass-on a savings to the consumer that is often in excess of 30% off when compared to the prices of other wines of similar quality.

The emphasis in the rare wine department is Bordeaux, red and white Burgundy, Rhone, and Port. The inventory includes hard-to-find older vintages. Our goal has always been to provide mature wines, as well as recent vintages suited for cellaring. The bulk of our selection consists of reasonably priced wines from around the world. All of our wines are individually chosen by tasting, whether it be in-house or at the vineyard source. We take pride in the loyalty our patrons have shown to us over the decades. Our staff of wine professionals has rewarded our customers’ confidence with outstanding wine selections.

our history

In January of 1934 Sydney Levine, the uncle of the present owners Ben and Bob Feinn, isolated a corner of his family’s general store for the sale of newly legalized beverages. As the years went by the general store gave way to numerous expansions in the wine business, eventually yielding the total space to fine wine and spirits. Over that time Sydney was joined by his brother, Phil, as well as his brother in law, George Feinn. Those in New Haven who had gained a discerning and were well-traveled inspired the growth of a fine wine selection that would soon be unequalled in Connecticut.

Ben and Bob Feinn, George’s sons, were brought aboard in the early 1960’s, and eventually took over ownership in 1971. Mt. Carmel’s wine selection was now receiving national attention, bringing about the store’s expansion in 1973. Now they had the needed space to display the hundreds of grand cru Bordeaux, a like number of village premier cru and grand cru Burgundy, as well as treasures from the Rhone Valley, Loire Valley, Alsace, Germany, Italy, America…you get the picture.

Now, joined by Fred Feinn, Ben's son, and Eric Seggerman also from a family with a long history in the wine business and both wine professionals, Mt. Carmel Wine & Spirits Co. has become a mecca for Wine lovers.