Answering Questions From Wine Blog Readers
We get mail here at FERMENTATION. Often that mail is from good folks who just have questions that need answers. I'm always happy to oblige. For example, I recently received this email from a happy reader who obviously follows this blog:
I want to know who made you the king of wine sales? If you don't like the three tier system and distributors then why don't you find another country where you can Flack for your shitty wineries and leave the rest of us alone?
You have no idea what distributors do. Wine drinkers wouldn't have anything to choose from if distributors were run out of business like you want to see happen.
You are so interested in mocking distributors ands the WSWA, why don't you show up at the WSWA convention? Id' love to see the reception you get.
The reader didn't leave their name. But I'm still happy to answer their important questions.
Dear Happy Reader:
Thank you for writing. I'm always happy to answer readers' questions when I can. Let me see if I can help you with your questions.
One is not made or appointed "King of Wine Sales". If I'm not mistaken, it is a hereditary title. For the record, I am not actually the King of Wine Sales. It turns out my father worked in construction and never actually held the "King of Wine Sales" title. So, obviously I could not be the King of Wine Sales.
I too would be interested in discovering the reaction that would be afforded me were I to attend the Wine & Spirit Wholesalers Annual Convention. However, to answer your question I am not attending this year because I have other commitments. Yet, I'm sure that were I to attend, a number of interesting and provocative conversations would unfold between myself and wholesalers from across the country that are attending. For example, I'd love to speak to a various wholesalers about this particular admission by WSWA's Director of Public Relations Nancy White:
"We are dependent on the three-tier system. Our members
exist because there is a three-tier system for alcohol distribution."
Discussing this admission might at least enlighten me as to "what distributors do", since I know you are concerned that I understand this a little better.
I hope I've been able to answer your questions. Please don't hesitate to write again if you have other questions.