Lots of changes…

Chchchchanges…for the better. It’s been a busy few months for the glorified-one-man-show, as we enter the busy Holiday season. Lots of road time and working 6 days a week, leaves little time for else. A few Jets home games have been my R & R. The fishing has been non-existent as we are in a serious drought and river water levels are ridiculously low, so I don’t fish to avoid stressing any surviving trout. Well, about those changes…

So happy to have Bodega Bouza back in our portfolio. They make the best Tannat on the planet along with some other great wines, especially the Albarino. I’ve also added a really tasty Chianti from Il Muro “The Wall”, how apropos…Working on adding 2-3 new producers in the Spring as well. At the same time I’m culling a few wineries for different business reasons – the main one being I have other wines that sell way better. Rad Grapes is unfortunately parting ways with Fiddletown Cellars, Labor Wines and HB Wine Merchants with the 5 producers we’ve carried from them. All great wines, but like they say, “we’ve decided to go in a new direction.”

Part of the issue I’ve been having is being out of stock at times, of wines I should not be out of stock on, since they sell so well. At the same time I have these other wines that are tying up cash-flow in inventory, as they’re not moving as well as they had in the past and they’re also costing me extra in terms of inventory expense. It’s basically keep what is moving and beef up inventory on those items, while culling wines that don’t perform. Common sense. In the meantime, I’ve been working on adding a few wines in categories we could really use. Some fun stuff as always, stay tuned…

One other thing I’ve been doing is targeting some new accounts and trying to rekindle relationships with a few old customers that fell off the radar. Both have actually gone well. Life is so  much about timing…

Sales have been better, than the slow-ass summer, but nothing to write home about until this week. I’ve been getting reports from my retail customers that the entire election week and especially so Election Day, were extremely busy. Drink away America.

 

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About nick

I grew up on 3 continents and traveled the world as a kid thanks to my dad's professional soccer coaching carrier. I speak, read and write five languages perfectly, have a degree in International Business and have worked in the wine business in NY for 20 years. I've been married to my wife Laura for 17 years and we have beautiful triplet daughters. My passions are wine, fly fishing, photography, golf and the NY Jets and my most recent discovery is blogging.
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