Seattle Wine Blog

This blog is dedicated to commentary on all aspects of wine, especially short entries to help you find the best wines without the usual hype and spin. These are my frank, independent opinions, usually based on tasting wine at a public event, off the shelf or at the winery. "All creative acts must arise out of a specific soil and flicker with a spirit of place" -D.H. Lawrence

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Retailers Wake Up!

Retailers of the world, more specifically, of Washington and Arizona, wake up, you have nothing to lose but your sales. We have heard many reports of wineries increasing sales out of their tasting rooms, consumers ordering direct from the winery, because you are not carrying Washington state "boutique" wines that consumers want. It is time to think outside the box instead of hunkering down and folding up the tent. Follow in the footsteps of Kent Jeppesen at "the wine station." You are the bottleneck between eager consumers and eager wineries. Where are those Washington wine end displays? Right out in front of Australia? If you don't lower your prices and offer the wines that consumers want, you may be cut out of the loop. Cheers!

2 Comments:

  • At 12:54 AM, Anonymous Seattle DUI Attorney said…

    No kidding. The days of loading up the cart with $20+ bottles have ground to a halt. Until the recession is over and the economy has actually shown significant improvement discretionary spending will be down across all economic classes.

    In this climate Oregon pinots are still rocketing upward in price.

     
  • At 11:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hey, I'm a Seattle retailer, and I have an extensive Northwest selection, which just sits. What people are asking ME for is value, value, VALUE! With a few notable exceptions, Washington and Oregon doesn't offer much value. The inexpensive ones are frequently pretty boring, and the expensive ones are, well, expensive. Because the Northwest section is not moving, I'm working on shrinking it - that is, if I can get anyone to buy what I already have ...

     

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