About Us

The Tasting room

Founded in 2018, Buyers+Cellars is Ontario’s newest boutique wine company, offering a unique approach to buying, experiencing and enjoying wine.  With this, our first Tasting Room, we look forward to providing a relaxed and inviting atmosphere to share our philosophy of affordable luxury with wine enthusiasts in Ottawa and the surrounding area.  

Our portfolio of hand-crafted wines has been meticulously chosen by our team of professionals. All have been created by passionate producers and are unique to the Ontario market. 

Curtis Stephenson

Tasting Room Manager

After more than 20 years in the hospitality sector, Curtis embodies the exceptional customer service and professionalism that drive fine dining and enhance guest experiences. He has used his knowledge and skills to develop the next generation of service professionals and in 2016 he helped open one of Canada’s top new restaurants. Curtis brings a passion to his role at Buyers+Cellars and is excited to take our Ottawa Tasting Room guests on an unforgettable journey through the world of wine.

Favourite Movie:  Inception 

Favourite Wine Experience:  Going out with Robbie Nellis for the first time 20 years ago and being reintroduced to Riesling at the bar. And by reintroduced, I mean drinking copious amounts of Riesling directly out of the bottle and shouting, “I LOVE THE RESIDUAL SUGAR!”, above the blaring dj spinning Notorious BIG.

Amanda Ramsay

Wine Director

Amanda’s first wine jobs involved picking grapes in PEI and working hospitality floors as a way to put herself through university. After moving to Ottawa in 2013, she joined the world of fine dining and became increasingly passionate about the industry. Amanda has experience as an assistant sommelier and has worked harvest positions at several wineries throughout Ontario. She has completed the Prud’homme Beer Certificate, the Algonquin College Sommelier Program, WSET Level 3 and is enrolled to complete WSET Level 4 with aspirations to obtain a Master Sommelier designation.

Favourite Movies: Pulp Fiction

Favourite Wine Experience: There have been so many! But the most defining was sitting on a patio in Ottawa 7 years ago. A friend ordered a bottle of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano which (after an unpleasant experience with a bottle of a faulted Montepulciano d’Abruzzo) I wouldn’t have ordered myself. At that point in time, I had no idea that Montepulciano was a region AND a grape varietal. I absolutely loved this wine – my mind was blown, my perception shifted and I became OBSESSED. I am humbled everyday by how fermented grape juice still surprises me.

Chef Chris Archer

Chef - Tasting Room Ottawa

Chef Chris started his career in the hospitality industry in 1998, ready to jump into a job full of love and creativity. He has played many roles in the back of house, from line cook to head chef, managing kitchens such as Le Hibou, Absinthe and Tennessy Willems. One highlight of his career was cooking for the Queen of England! In his spare time, Chef creates his own beats through his DJ business called BellyFull Sound System.

Favourite Movie: No favourite movie, but my favourite series is, hands down without a doubt the new Battlestar Galactica. Best. Show. Ever.

Favourite Wine Experience: When my friend Zoe and I drank prosecco in Bellagio, Italy while wisteria flowers fell on us from the sky. Pure magic.