cherry picker

July 26, 2012 · 6 comments

“I’m sorry, I don’t have time to taste today.”

Oh, that’s too bad… I have (insert hipster/culty/somm’s current wetdream wine here) open…

“Oh, I have time to taste that…”


{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Jeff Z July 26, 2012 at 6:34 pm

Or how about this, even worse…

“Oh, a new Orin Swift wine?, no, I don’t need to taste it. Just ship me as much as you can.”



wine rep July 27, 2012 at 5:02 am

OH! I totally know that guy! He’s (almost) every buyer I have! (it’s better off if they don’t taste those wines anyway… then they don’t feel quite as guilty selling a piece of their soul with every bottle of The Prisoner that walks out of the store)


Scott July 28, 2012 at 12:48 am

A buyer here. In our defense, sometimes you’re showing wines we just don’t need to taste. Wines that sell whether we like it or not, or don’t sell whether we like it or not; we don’t need to taste these wines. Wines we can sell if we like them and feel they are correct for what they are, these wines we need to taste.


Austin Beeman August 6, 2012 at 5:01 am

A buyer here. Sometimes we’re just bored with all the mediocre crap we’ve had to taste in the last couple days. I.E. “It’s not me, it’s you.”

Cheers, love the blog.


gabe August 11, 2012 at 9:02 pm

as a former buyer, I’m going to agree with Scott. I often got the opposite effect…a rep comes in and says “do you want to taste this great new chateauneuf-de-pape?” and I say, “sure!”, then they say, “great, lets start you off with these five california chardonnays first…”


Sunny September 14, 2012 at 12:19 pm

As a former buyer and now a seller: “Want to try this 100 year-old vine Nerello Mascalese grown on a volcano?”

Buyer: “This is awesome. So it’s a Cab?”

Other seller: “Hey! I got one of those too! Of course it’s co-op and shit, but it’s exactly $0.80 less than his.”

Buyer: “Cool. Send me 6.”

Sigh x2


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