WINE EXPO’s Platform for 2012

Ok, we’ve heard from the Republicans, Democrats, Radio nutballs of all stripes AND some guy in a clown suit on the Promenade. The election is over but we still have to fight traffic, go to work in the morning and pay our taxes. So, here is OUR manifesto for the coming millennium wherein we affirm that we are NOT trying to be all things to all people but DO have enough substance to please most anyone with an open mind:

 

We can be liberal: Since the “Old Grapes Network” is so thoroughly entrenched (helped along by all the marketing weasels who couldn’t get work in the Record Biz so they went to work for liquor distributors), we believe emphatically in Varietal Affirmative Action, actively promoting Arneis over Chardonnay, Barbera over Merlot, Aglianico over Syrah and Prosecco over bad Cava in our never ending fight for a level playing field on your dinner table.

 

We can be Conservative: If your winery was (over) built five years ago with borrowed money at high interest on expensive land that could be used to house Silicon Valley gazzilionaires instead of vineyards and you “need” to get $60 a bottle net wholesale for your first vintage of Merlot to make your loan payments yet comparable wines are available from South Africa or Sicily for 20 cents on the dollar, please don’t cry to us when you should just let the Global Marketplace do it’s work.

 

Our Educational goals: We want every child to know that Bud is not beer (the first ingredient is RICE for god’s sake), Chardonnay is not finished until it has bubbles in it, Merlot is NOT a synonym for red wine and KORBEL IS NOT CHAMPAGNE!!!!!!

 

Our Economic goals: We want you to buy twice as much wine but spend half as much money with NO compromise in quality and we believe this is not only possible but that it is a lot more fun as well.

 

And we will NEVER budge from our core beliefs that, among other things: Duck fat is good for you. A good dry Rosé is a better solution to more foods than most Chardonnay. Telemarketers must be executed without benefit of trial. That if Bill gates would just “innovate” a cure for spam e-mail then people would not hate him so much. And, most importantly, most wine is not supposed to be Art with a capital “A”, it’s GROCERIES!!!

Perfection, thy name is Wine Expo!

“10 Best Wine & Spirit Shops in LA”

Los Angeles Magazine December 2010

We’ve lauded this place in the past for its unparalleled sparkling selection, which is still the best in town (there are more than 250 varieties and a sign which says “FRIENDS DON’T LET FRIENDS DRINK VEUVE CLICQUOT”). Roberto Rogness has been spreading the gospel of artisanal wines and spirits for 17 years. Underappreciated regions are well represented (80% of the wine inventory is Italian) and each bottle usually comes from a story from Rogness. The tequilas are as impressive as the bubblies.

The Draw: Roberto himself and Tequila Master Erik Moreno.

Happening: A swank Tasting Room opened this fall. It has become a post-work-drinks destination. Featured flights have wacky titles and focus on obscure regions or unusual flavor profiles.

Then there’s THIS:

“WINE EXPO has been screwing around with semantics ever since it opened nearly twenty years ago. We’ve put together a Dateline-worthy photo documentary, snapped last night, of the wine shop’s current opinions…” Click on the link below:

Big Press Love for our Point of Sale Signage!

 

 

“WINE EXPO practically specializes in great inexpensive wines and you would be foolish not to take advantage of their specific expertise…leave the Two Buck Chuck to everybody else!” Pulitzer Prize winning food scribe Jonathan Gold

 

 

“I eagerly await their weekly communiqués to see what pronouncement, discovery or outrage they want to share and, even when I disagree, I find them intriguing and worth considering. Their sheer delight in sharing their discoveries and philosophies with their readers get my attention even when I am not in the market for their wines.” 

David Shaw, LA Times’ Pulitzer Prize winning Media Critic, 10/6, 2004 The full article “Their Passion and their Muse” by David Shaw

 

Wow, someone REALLY likes our Wine Bar Food:

“These days it is more than a superb wine store: it’s opened a tasting room directly adjacent to the store, a lovely 30-seat area (with a private room for 16 in the back), in which it serves wine selections, of course, but also more than mere snack food….” full story:

http://www.atlarrys.com/recommendations-detail.php?Recommendation_ID=197

 

“Where To Get Chianti With A Side Of Orgasmic Olives…”

Jenn Garbee of The LA Weekly commenting on our new tasting room. Full story here:

http://blogs.laweekly.com/squidink/wine-bars/wine-expo-tasting-room-new-ope/

 

TastingTable.com on the joy of Pecorino, Tannat and our new Tasting Bar

“Wine Expo is a long-standing favorite shop of ours, but with its unique stock of wines from Italy and elsewhere in Europe, South America and beyond comes a reluctance to plunk down $40 on unfamiliar bottles. But now you can try before you buy, thanks to Wine Expo’s new tasting room.”

 

Mondo Italia Gone Gonzo!

“I was smitten with the Old World SoCal of WineExpo years ago based on its old school newsletters, filled with raucous descriptions, eclectic music references and food popping up just about every other wine. When I finally got there in 2001, it was a genuine thrill. I can’t recall being in one shop whose dual foci—Italian wines and bubbly—were so broad yet so deep. Humble wines, fancy wines, freak wines… wines with names as long as your arm. The inventory at Wine Expo is not so much assembled as curated. How else to explain the presence of 13 {yes, 13} fizzy reds. The man behind the wines, Roberto Rogness, snags many of these bottlings to be Wine Expo exclusives on pilgrimages to VinItaly. Roberto has been Expo’s wine director since it opened 15 years ago; he only loves one thing more than vino: his customers. If you are into bubbly and/or Italian wine, go to the website right now; cruise the write-ups; check out Roberto’s rants. All it takes is a few clicks to realize that Wine Expo is about as close as you’ll find to a vinous version of Alice’s Wonderland.”

W. R. Tish @ The Wine Skewer

Squid Ink on the “Real Tequila Test”

From the 2009

LA Weekly Best of LA Edition:

 

BEST TEQUILA SECTION

A worm-filled bottle is hardly what you would expect to find in an Italian wine shop, but Wine Expo staffer Erik Moreno has a soft spot for tequila. His mother is from Jalisco, the Mexican state where the spirit is produced. Nine years ago, Moreno began systematically cleansing the Santa Monica store’s shelves of Cuervo and Patrón and replacing them with bottles from artisanal producers. Over the years, he has amassed a curiosity shop-worthy collection of more than 70 bottles. Moreno’s tequila procurement mantra is simple: Only 100 percent blue Weber agave tequilas, no mixtos (a blend of agave and grain alcohol), are allowed. Only those blancos, reposados and añejos — the names correspond to the length of time the tequilas are aged — that pass his rigorous taste tests (a hard job) land a permanent spot. And many are priced at or below those from larger tequila producers. Among Moreno’s current favorites are a light, cocktail-worthy $16 blanco from Ranchero Jalisciense and a $31 vanilla-scented añejo from D’Los Altos. For solo quaffing, the clove and caramel-laced Don Cardona reposado is hard to beat. It’s a more robust $67, but no one ever said you had to share. Jen Garbee

 

Then there’s THIS:

WINE EXPO has been screwing around with semantics ever since it opened nearly twenty years ago. We’ve put together a Dateline-worthy photo documentary, snapped last night, of the wine shop’s current opinions…” Click on the link below:

 

Big Press Love for our Point of Sale Signage!

“Mondo Italia Gone Gonzo.

Wine Expo. 2933 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA

I was smitten with the Old World SoCal of WineExpo years ago based on its old school newsletters, filled with raucous descriptions, eclectic music references and food popping up just about every other wine. When I finally got there in 2001, it was a genuine thrill. I can’t recall being in one shop whose dual foci—Italian wines and bubbly—were so broad yet so deep. Humble wines, fancy wines, freak wines… wines with names as long as your arm. The inventory at Wine Expo is not so much assembled as curated. How else to explain the presence of 13 {yes, 13} fizzy reds. The man behind the wines, Roberto Rogness, snags many of these bottlings to be Wine Expo exclusives on pilgrimages to VinItaly. Roberto has been Expo’s wine director since it opened 15 years ago; he only loves one thing more than vino: his customers. If you are into bubbly and/or Italian wine, go to the website right now; cruise the write-ups; check out Roberto’s rants. All it takes is a few clicks to realize that Wine Expo is about as close as you’ll find to a vinous version of Alice’s Wonderland.”

 

W. R. Tish @ The Wine Skewer

“A Miraculous Wine Shop for Italian Wine Lovers!!! WINE EXPO…where have you been all of my life?” David Rosengarten in The Rosengarten Report

“You can buy your Veuve at Cost Plus or your Dom at Gelson’s, but if you have the guts to go beyond the obvious and you are not embarrassed about spending less for better quality…WINE EXPO is THE place for bubbly!” LA Magazine’s Best of LA Edition, August 2007

 

“Their selection is great as they aren’t going to carry things you can find at every corner store. Also, I can honestly say that I have never been into another store where the staff could not only accurately tell you what each bottle tasted like and what foods the wines best went with, but they actually asked you about your preferences and adjusted accordingly. Wine Expo is truly a model for what a store should strive to be in terms of service and selection.” Brad Baker, The Champagne Warrior

 

“I eagerly await their weekly communiqués to see what pronouncement, discovery or outrage they want to share and, even when I disagree, I find them intriguing and worth considering. Their sheer delight in sharing their discoveries and philosophies with their readers get my attention even when I am not in the market for their wines.” David Shaw, LA Times’ Pulitzer Prize winning Media Critic, 10/6, 2004 The full article “Their Passion and their Muse” by David Shaw

 

LA City Beat article on Wines of Summer featuring WINE EXPO

 

“Robert Rogness is one of the ablest sommeliers I have ever encountered….Take my advice and take his!” Dan Berger in the Los Angeles Times

 

WINE EXPO featured on CitySipper.com

 

“WINE EXPO is LA’s true temple of Champagne worship!” 
Chris Rubin, Los Angeles Reader
“WINE EXPO practically specializes in great inexpensive wines and you would be foolish not to take advantage of their specific expertise…leave the Two Buck Chuck to everybody else!” Pulitzer Prize winning food scribe Jonathan Gold

 

“A Westside Favorite, WINE EXPO is LA’s BEST Wine Store!  Make good use of their maniacally composed, hyper-informative newsletter.” LA New Times
“WINE EXPO in Santa Monica has one of the best selections of Champagne in the country.” New York Times Wine Columnist Eric Asimov in his blog “The Pour”
“Best Service in Los Angeles” Zagat Market Guide

 

“Most fine wine shops carry a small, well-selected group of grower-producer wines, but a few shops in Southern California are renowned for their depth. That is especially true of Wine Expo in Santa Monica, which has probably the best selection of such wines in California.”

The Los Angeles Times Dec 24, 2008

 

Check out our favorite Negroamaro in Architectual Digest’s profile of Matthew McConaughey’s Beach Pad!

 

I have a weakness for dry white wines made from grapes that usually go into dessert wines — think about the alluring dry Muscats of Alsace, for example. So when Robert Rogness, general manager of Wine Expo in Santa Monica, enthused about a dry Malvasia from Oltrepò Pavese, a region in the southern part of Lombardy, I perked up my ears.

Azienda Agricola Martilde’s “Piume” dry Malvasia 2006 smells sweet, with a lush, honeyed bouquet, but drinks utterly dry, with flavors of melon and green apple and a brisk finish that hints of lemon peel. Word of the day: “Piume” is Italian for feathers, and refers to the label’s picture of poultry that live on the farm. This is a wine with the body and taste profile to stand up to challenging flavors, such as the sweet-sour of caponata, the tang of lemony vinaigrettes and marinades, and even the heat of spicy Thai and Chinese dishes.” Jean T. Barrett, Los Angeles Times 9/03/08

 

“The panel was struck by the general very high quality of the wines – the only one of the lot that impressed no one was a ringer, a non-vintage Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Brut (not listed below because it’s not a grower Champagne). “Not as distinctive” was the way one taster described it. “Fizzy, in a cheap kind of way,” said another. The others had character galore, and were generally so likable that it was difficult to rank them. Prices are very reasonable for the quality. Grower-produced Champagnes are easy to spot but hard to find. Any Champagne whose name you don’t recognize is probably from a grower. Wine Expo in Santa Monica, (310) 828-4428, has by far the best selection in the area.

 

Patrick Comiskey in the Los Angeles Times Wednesday, December 28, 2005

WINE EXPO in the Blogosphere

WINE EXPO in the Blogosphere:

Jeff from Viva la Wino on his first visit to WINE EXPO.

 

Amber Dusick lets her readers on In & Around Los Angeles in on her little secret.

 

Philip White is a deeply disturbed man living in Australia and he expresses it by writing about Drinking and Dranking (and mentions us on occasion.).

 

Craig Camp, defender of the terroir faith, touts Roberto’s Rants at The Wine Camp. Here he goes off on how he loves our point of view.

 

The New York Times’ Eric Asimov explains that, no, you really CAN’T get whatever you want in the Big Apple (but WINE EXPO can help).

 

Alder Yarrow waxes poetic on the joys of Fay Sforzato on his excellent blog Vinography. Here he gets misty eyed over our obituary of Luigi Veronelli, THE Italian wine critic.  He also loves our favorite Rosato of all time

 

Jerry Cavaliere of The Artisan on visiting our store:

 

Wine Expo

We all know that Wine is a food. Sometimes, for reasons that escape us, wine is seldom included in some Food Web Sites. Guess what? The Artisan has been guilty of that for 10 + years!  We are now remedying that faux pas.  As cooks and bakers, we are well aware of the importance of wine as a companion to foods.  As Winemakers, this is especially the case.  There are quite a few really nice  wine shops in the world. Since we are located in California, it is fitting that our first entry into wine resources is in California.

We highly recommend Wine Expo at 2933 Santa Monica Blvd. in Santa Monica CA. 90404.  Call 1-310-828-4428, and ask for Roberto.  You can also reach Wine Expovia email at mailto: info@WineExpo.com.  So why are we happy to include this incredible store on our limited Resource Page? Here is why:

Wine Expo has been in business for fifteen years. They specialize in personally selected wines, beers and spirits at reasonable prices.  What impressed us upon our visit there is the in-depth, knowledgeable staff as well as a friendly shopping atmosphere.

They stock many varietals, including some that even well educated wine lovers may never have seen, let alone experienced. Wine Expo offers the largest selection of Vini Italiani in the country plus outstanding finds from South Africa, Portugal, Spain, Hungary, New Zealand and Argentina, as well as from California. They also carry a large  selection of craft and imported beers and spirits, plus more Champagne than most have ever seen.

They  offer party planning, gifts for all occasions, delivery and shipping plus a wine club. Wine Expo is well worth a visit. Log onto their web site http://www.WineExpo.com . Tell them that the folks from The Artisan sent you!

You’ve come a long way, Baby, so don’t stop now!

Warning: this editorial is for our female patrons only!*** Ladies, have you noticed there is a pseudo religion surrounding the selection and consumption of wine, a product that should be intrinsically more akin to groceries than art? A strange way of thinking that seeks to narrow the discussion by eliminating whole styles and countries full of wine so that direct (sports / warlike) comparisons can be made, always trying to quantify the impossibly diverse with scores and classifications then dictate absurd rituals be performed before the sacrament is consumed? What up wit ‘dat???

Like most of Western Civilization, this is part of a grand conspiracy propagated by a gang of rich, white (primarily British), mostly dead MEN!!!!  And they  mostly look and act more like Benny Hill meets Rumpole of the Bailiwick than, say, Pierce Brosnan. This cult was then popularized in America by an Attorney from D.C. and a cigar huckster who hangs out with Rush Limbaugh. So what does this have to do with you and your girlfriends wanting to know what wine to drink while having some pasta and watching “Great Performances on PBS”? NADA, ZIP, ZERO, NOTHING!!!!!!! And, since 70% of all wine is purchased at retail by women anyway, WHY DO YOU STAND FOR THIS???

Furthermore, since Mr. Testosterone over there seems to think that bottle of Domaine Ink Cabernet with Rutherford Dust he read about in the Wine Expectorator (99/100 but undrinkable for ten to twenty years, if ever) is the only solution to every wine question, we’re depending on YOU to bring home something interesting, food-friendly and reasonably priced to change his channel. Then, having lulled him into lowering his defenses, you can ask him trick questions like whether your hips look bigger in your blue dress or your red slacks and whether he really thinks your roommate / sister / boss is sexy and watch him jump through hoops like a schizoid poodle while you enjoy a second glass of one of these multicultural libations:

 

Cheap & Cheerful Plonk for all Occasions

Gravitas Sauvignon Blanc or Reserve Chardonnay, NZ

They’re white, cold, dry and work with anything from pasta salad to sea bass to Chicken Helper in the Micro-wave.

 

Viñas de Luján Torrontes, Mendoza Argentina

Why has this eclipsed almost every other white under $10 in sales in our store? Spring for a bottle and find out, tonight!

 

De Luca Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Sipario, Italy

Soft, smoooooth and meaty, this is the perfect partner for a large range of foods or you can just sip a glass when you get home from work.

 

Duca di Panzano Chianti Vitigni del Sole, Toscana

Bright, sassy, zesty and ready to dance a tarantella with any pasta or pizza you can throw at it.

 

Cortesia Prosecco Frizzante, Veneto

Really delicious and refreshing Prosecco in nice looking packaging at school night pricing. Cheers and have at it….we’ll get more!

 

Business Class Upgrades

M. Labbe Brut Carte Blanche Premier Cru à Chamery, France

Lay down the law: “If you want to get wit’ me then leave the Cordon Rouge and White Star at the 7-11 and buy this!”

 

I Campi Soave Campo Vulcano 2009, Veneto

One of the best whites under $50 we have ever offered: rich and flavorful but never oaky. Life is short, try something different…

 

Domìni Veneti Ripasso Valpolicella Vigneti di Torbe 2010, Veneto

Wow! Intense, nearly purple color, rich and velvety mouthfeel, ridiculously concentrated notes of every red and black fruit from currants through plums and a long smooth, sexy finish, this is serious.

 

Cascina Fonda Vendemmia Tardiva 2010, Piemonte

We call even normal Moscato d’Asti “The Zombie Detector” because if you don’t like it you might be already dead but this is a whole ‘nother thing. It is not labeled as DOCG due to its unique production methods and flavor profile: it is made from Moscato grapes left to hang an additional three weeks on the vine which give it notes of walnuts and toffee on top of the burnt orange peel, dried fruit and hibiscus flower base. OUTRAGEOUS, unique, undeniable, this has already earned cult status. Uh…Ladies Man…this is goooooooood…wink, wink.

 

I work hard, I’m worth it, I can afford the good stuff!

CharlesGardet Brut Millésime 2002, Chigny les Roses

Made only in outstanding vintages, this wine spends five years aging on the lees deep in the family cave where it takes on a rich golden hue and a wonderful nuttiness. After the remuage and disgorgement a special dosage of reserve wines kept in small oak casks and a touch of cane sugar is added to finish it, giving a unique toasty richness to the final product.

 

Ronco del Gelso (Tocai) Friulano Toc Bas 2010, Friuli Isonzo Rive Alte 

Giorgio is one of the leaders of what we call the “Movimento Tocai Classico”, an emerging group of Friulani vignerons who have recently decided that the lush, ultra fruit driven, Viognier like versions of Tocai are masking the true character and potential of that most Friulian of white varieties and, instead, are making a leaner, more structured and aromatic expression. This vintage is very dry and structured with herbal and almond notes on top of an enchanting yellow plum fruit base and will be an excellent aperitivo now but our experience with past vintages is that it will be even more wonderful in a couple of years.

 

Battaglino Nebbiolo d’Alba Colla 2008, Piemonte

Corte Cariano Amarone della Valpolicella Terra Solinas 2008, Veneto

Tabarrini Montefalco Sagrantino Colle Grimaldesco 2006, Umbria

Deep, Deeper, Deepest! These are silky, smooth, aged and ready to go, “important” reds that still have something to say for days after you open them. Worth a special trip to the farmers market to find the best mushrooms, some great cheese, a perfect leg of lamb, you get the picture. Tell him it’s Cabernet, he’ll probably never tell the difference……….

 

***Guys, show her you’re a Sensitive New Age Man and deserve not only her attention but also tastes of these great wines by buying her a copy of Women’s World Voices Volume 2 (Blue Flame 398-50392), packed with 68 minutes of the hippest, most soulful and culturally aware (but really sexy, hint, hint, wink, wink) female artists from around the globe throwing down for sisterhood over some dope ambient and tropical grooves. And, we’ll just keep the fact that the enclosed booklet is full of …uh…er…”art pictures” of sensual goddesses from exotic lands between us guys, ok? Then slide on St. Germain “Tourist” (Blue Note 7243-5-25114-2-6), probably the most successful “acid jazz” fusion of dance/ambient production with actual Jazz we’ve ever heard. If you can’t get your groove on with music this sexy then just put away the Viagra and reach for the Depends and the TV Guide!

How the Internet can help you give more thoughtful gifts

Ten times a day we hear the following sad refrain:  “I KNOW that you guys have things that are so much better and cheaper than __________ (insert over-hyped and over priced wine / champagne featured on MTV Cribs or Life Styles of the Rich and Vacant) but if I give it as a gift how will they KNOW that?”  Well, aside from our faith that most people can recognize something truly wonderful if you put it in their mouths, these days they (or their people) can just google the name of the wine (on their PHONE) and BAM! pages and pages of info on even some of the most obscure stuff, often from European and even Japanese sources, giving your gift that cosmopolitan international cachet. Think about it: if you are just another one of ten people who gives a guy a bottle of the same safe wine when he gets promoted / nominated / indicted, you will you not be just fading into the crowd? Wouldn’t your boss, client, significant other really enjoy some of the stuff inside this missive more than yet another bottle of Jordan / Dom / Sassicaia / Cakebread / Opus / Gaja / Cristal / Silver Oak / ya-da-ya-da-ya-da?  Well, this propaganda pack is chock full of dandy alternatives. WINE EXPO: Drink Different!

Thanksgiving Wine Musings

What to do when twenty or so of your nearest and dearest, their appetites enraged by the waft of Grandmothers secret stuffing recipe coming from the kitchen, are eyeballing all those great wines you have squirreled away for the future (or at least to be appreciated by your knowing friends)? No occasion lends itself to our selection of great food-friendly, crowd pleasing, popularly priced quaffers than Thanksgiving. So, we’ve gone out of our way to find some truly phenomenal wines at incredible prices that are perfect matches with the traditionals and all the trimmings.

First, a few basics about the tactics in selecting wines for what is probably the largest and most diverse meal any of us eat in any given year. The main attraction, Thom Gobbler, is content with almost any wine. From lighter whites to hearty reds, just about any well made wine (or rich ale!) is delicious with roast turkey, a classic culinary no-brainer.

The slippery slope begins with the supporting cast, specifically cranberry sauce (sweet but also bitter, one of the few foods with more tannin than a Howell Mt. Cab) and the aforementioned Gram’s secret stuffing (full of culinary depth charges like cumin, sage, coriander, thyme, raisins, nuts, oysters if you’re from the South, and usually a fair bit of salt). These flavors often tend to accentuate the astringency in oaky Chards and make tannic Cabernet/Merlot based wines taste metallic. And, let’s face it, many of your guests are just not ready to get their teeth stained with the newest 99 point MonsterCab while you point out that the wine will be great in another forty or fifty years!

Through extensive research using the excellent roast chicken with all the trimmings from Marmalade Cafe* on Montana as a control we have discovered that the best choices include lighter, fruitier whites based on Arneis, Tocai, Albariño, Sauvignon in its less herbal renditions and reds with lots of fruit, some spice, but low tannins, typically Valpolicella, lighter Sangiovese  based wine, and the fruitier side of the Montepulciano / Tempranillo spectrum. We have a store chock full of choices and will be here in force to help you. Have a GREAT Holiday!

*If you are too busy to cook, our friends at Marmalade Cafe can handle everything for you, tell them we sent you: http://www.marmaladecafe.com/


Important Consumer Information

Due to our low, low prices and warehouse-style layout, many people mistakenly compare our store to “Pirate John’s”, a chain of natural food liquidators who dabble in the wine business. While we also buy our cheese and dried fruit there and often feature merchandise from bankruptcies and close-outs here, we beg to differ with their theory that cooked $20 dollar wine becomes a good value if they sell it for $2.99. Sorry, “John”, that just makes it cheap bad wine! You can be confident that every label in our store represents ten that we tasted and didn’t buy as we are always on the lookout for distressed merchants not distressed merchandise, a crucial distinction. Remember our motto: “We taste the bad wine so you don’t have to!”


Swimming with Sharks…a Love Story

We send this in our e-mail hot list in November of each year…it never gets old!

We would like to start with our heartfelt condolences to all of you assistants, secretaries and go-fers out there whose boss is about to plop down the year end issue of an (overly!) influential wine rag with their Top 100 Wines of the Year and tell you that your continued employment depends on finding him a case each of the top five or ten listed. Do not bother trying to tell him that the list is a compendium of wines highly reviewed throughout the year and nearly all are now either sold out or being flipped at 300% mark-up. He will just do his best rendition of Kevin Spacey as the evil studio exec in Swimming with Sharks and tell you: “you are nothing, you do not think, you exist to make my thoughts into actions, find it or you are fired!“. We’ve been touting lawyer customers for years on this being a rich vein for a class action suit for harrassment….and, no, we do not have any of the wines either. But we DO have new, great stuff arriving daily…