The Thugs of the Wine Industry Respond
From the Fermentation Mailbag:
So as to assure you understand my position concerning your rant against wholesalers, let me be perfectly clear: FUCK YOU!
Without wholesalers to move goods around the country, wineries and retailers would be screwed. There would be no distribution of wine and wine stores would have nothing to sell. So what’s your point?
The only thugs in the booze business are contemptible idiots like yourself who think they understand things. The Three Tier System guarantees wineries, breweries and distillers don’t cheat the public. It guarantees shitty products don’t get distributed. It guarantees taxes get paid. Only distributors can do this.
What Fuck Offs like you who call wholesalers names don’t get is that all those small “family owned” brands that don’t get picked up by wholesalers really don’t deserve to be distributed since they can’t make anyone any money. Why the hell should a distributor work on behalf of a winery that will only still them 50 cases a year. Consumers don’t need that kind of pretentious and precious crap.
Finally, your love for direct shipping is just ludicrous. Every single consumer who has wine shipped to them is getting ripped off by the high cost of shipping when they could easily buy wines that are just as good and cost 50 percent less in local grocery stores. If anyone should be demonized it should be the little wineries in burned out Napa that ship their garbage across the country outside the three tier system.
So, Fuck You!
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FROM FERMENTATION: The Daily Wine Blog to the writer:
You’ve made your position perfectly clear. Well done.
To soothe your concerns, I can confirm that no one wants wholesalers to go away. However, the small wineries would like the opportunity to sell their wine to retailers and restaurants without any help from wholesalers….if they choose.
As for demonizing “little wineries in burned out Napa”, I say knock yourself out. You are welcome to air your grievances here at Fermentation whenever you like. However, I’d only note that had you wanted you could have written this kind letter in the form of a comment on the post you are apparently referring to (this one) for everyone to read. As you can see, I’ve rectified that problem for you.