code of conduct

will you bite the hand that feeds

August 29, 2013

Dear Winebuyer, I’m growing increasingly uncomfortable meeting with you here at your establishment as you continue to bitch about your service staff’s stupidity well within their earshot. Every time we meet it goes something like this… “You know, I wish we could carry this wine, but my servers are too fucking dumb. They wouldn’t know […]

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REPublic Request: Tech Tricks of the Trade

April 18, 2012

A special request from the REPublic today… I don’t have a letter to submit necessarily but I’d love to see a post about what tools or technology other reps might use to help them organize their workload, schedule and requests. I’ve been seeking an iphone app that would remind me to follow up on specific […]

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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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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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Just a Teaspoon of Sugar…

February 9, 2012

Dear Winebuyer, Look, you’re really nice… and I can tell you work very hard at trying to be everyone’s friend. But I don’t need you to be my friend. I need you to be my Winebuyer. Every week I bring you a random smattering of wines that have nothing to do with any requests you […]

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From the REPublic: too many cooks…

December 21, 2011

How timely this letter was. I’ve just been through a very similar experience with a winebuyer/owner/wine rep triangle. It was… Awkward. It’s very rarely a good thing when the boss gets “more involved” in the winebuying decisions if he’s been absent from them previously. Yes, obviously Restaurant Owner has a better grasp on the working […]

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so many shades of pathetic

December 20, 2011

Dear Winebuyer, Please excuse me while I pretend to be impressed. I widen my eyes as you regale me with tales from the previous night’s debauchery and I grimace as if I too can feel the effects of your massive hangover this morning. I even feign empathy as I push the corks back in my […]

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