Colonial has been serving the Chesterland community for over 50 years- Originally a town grocer as much as a wine shop- it moved to the current location on the south side of Mayfield road in 1989. The late nineties saw its transformation into the east side’s premier independent wine merchant. The Cowie family purchased the business in 2016 and has endeavored to carry on its great tradition!
Hi! I’m Wes Cowie- I manage the day-to-day operations of the shop. My first wine job was serving as a back-waiter at Vue Restaurant in Hudson way back in 2004 while attending conservatory at Oberlin. Those first few years of industry experience always involved food & wine together, and I think it shows- especially in how much we utilize our kitchen at the shop!
After graduation, I spent 3 years working pure wine retail in Washington DC at the corner of 18th and U while bouncing between a variety of internships in the City.
In 2009 I returned home to Cleveland and began buying wine and writing glass-pour lists for North End Restaurant in Hudson, a gig I followed up on in 2011 by joining a distributor and selling wine wholesale for a number of years.
About 4 years ago we lucked in to the opportunity to buy the legendary Colonial Wine & Beverage in Chesterland and here we are- working to provide the wine & food-loving public of Cleveland a place to get ideas & supplies for their table!
I hope that the experience I bring to the shop shows in all the cared-for details and unexpected discoveries you find at Colonial.