bitter wine rep

On “going public”…

December 15, 2014

Dear Everyone, Why hello… Man, it has been a while, hasn’t it? Sorry about that. I got an email a few months back. “Are you still there?” it asked. Yes, still here. Still selling wines, although today I’m chasing money from the cozy and warm safety of my home office. At some point in time, […]

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trade tasting!

February 27, 2014

So sometimes I take notes so I don’t forget things. And then sometimes, even with the aid of these notes, I still forget things. I found this list deep in my Notes app. This was from a sparkling wine trade tasting I poured at last year. All of the goings on between somms and servers, […]

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From the REPublic: The General Public

September 18, 2013

A submission from a fellow female wine professional. I empathize as I’ve been there. Whether it’s been as a fine dining server, cocktail waitress, bartender, or wine shop clerk… ugh… the general public. (shudder) Hello Wine Rep, I have been in a lot of positions in the wine business: I’ve been a distributor, importer and […]

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from the horses’ mouths

July 13, 2012

A few of my recent faves from my winebuyers:   Me: “I noticed my Grüner Veltliner has fallen off the list… it did really well for you and I know you really liked it… What happened?” WB: “We got a Grüner from California now, so we don’t need an Austrian one.” Yes, that makes sense. […]

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when it just doesn’t add up…

April 13, 2012

Dear Winebuyer, I’m so appreciative of the placements I’ve been given at your establishment. I know you’re a very small account, but also one of the newest, hippest spots in my territory and all of the reps are clamoring for a piece of the action. And although I don’t have the lion’s share of the […]

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From the REPublic: I get by with a little “help” from my “friends”

April 12, 2012

Eep! This one is definitely being filed under “bitter wine rep”. Kudos to the rep for standing his ground…  Outside the tragedy of a fire though, we put up with the “help” request far too often in my opinion. And we’re forced to make the decision… pony up a few free bottles (illegal in most […]

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Winemaker/Supplier Do’s and Don’ts: The Workwith

April 11, 2012

Whew. It’s been quiet around these parts. Spring has sprung, new accounts are popping up left and right, December invoices are being ignored… and between selling, cold-calling, chasing down credit apps and collecting money, I’ve been busier than a three legged cat covering up shit on a marble floor. I had a special request a […]

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From the REPublic: David vs Goliath

March 22, 2012

We all know this scenario. In fact, this exact same story played out in my territory a year or two back. Wine Buyer from a previous restaurant (that had only a beer/wine license) called me, all excited to be able to work with me again in his new position at a large, swanky place (with […]

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SMS TXT: how to break it off with Winebuyer

March 9, 2012

So, I advise NOT to engage in any sexual activities or intimate relations with your Winebuyer, just so we’re clear on that. Don’t even ask why… there are so very many reasons why it is a bad, bad idea. But should you find yourself in some sort of relationship with your buyer, remember that when […]

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From the REPublic: How Can I Miss You When You Won’t Go Away?

March 9, 2012

Another take on the trade dinner. Winebuyer turns party-crasher? So not cool, man. Note: REPublic posts are reader-submitted. There’s an old Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks’ tune called “How Can I Miss You When You Won’t Go Away?” That was running through my head at one of those Wine Tasting Dinner events at a restaurant […]

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