Archive for September, 2008

Shoplifters Suck

Tuesday, September 9th, 2008

Today was our first bad experience with humanity – we had an attempted shoplifter. Some guy, probably mid to late 20s, browsed around the shop for a bit, picked up a bottle and then stated to walk out with it. That happens occasionally since people who aren’t familiar with the market think that they can pay for their purchases at one central spot, so I called out to him. He didn’t stop, and as I followed he broke into a run as he left the building. I closed on him in the parking lot and he put down the bottle – fairly gently, actually, so that he wouldn’t break it (and so that I’d stop to pick it up, which I did) – and took off down the street. Odd choice of wine, too – a 2007 Verget St. Veran, which is a lovely white Burgundy, but somewhat esoteric, and is only $24.50 but surrounded on the shelves by wines 2 and 3 times as much.

We’ve got so many great customers, but something like this makes me way more uncertain of people’s motives than I wish I had to be.

Labor Day & Rose

Sunday, September 7th, 2008

Labor Day this past Monday was our first day off since we opened on July 21; needless to say, it was really nice to have a break. Aimee & picked up a bunch of stuff for a picnic lunch, grabbed a bottle of Domaine Tempier rosé from the shop, and spent a nice afternoon at the beach. This was the first time we’d had the ‘07 Tempier, and it was delightful, as well it should be for just under $40. Great depth of flavor, with abundant floral notes, fruit, and minerality. (Generally it seems most rosés only have 2 of the three, if that.)

As good as it was, for me personally if I was going to spend $40 on a bottle it wouldn’t be on rosé. (The Tempier, though, along with all the other rosés at the shop, has been selling quite well, probably since we put them front and center and talk abou them at the drop of a hat.) For whites a good Burgundy or Alsatian Riesling would be my first pick; for reds Burgundy, anything from Spain (Priorat, Ribera del Duero, Toro, Rioja), a domestic Pinot, or a Barbaresco.

Back to rosé – it’s been great how many people are willing to try a bottle based on our enthusiasm, and even better that most of them have returned within a couple of days to pick up a few more bottles. It’s a great summer wine, but it’s also a great year-round food wine. People drink white all year long, so it makes no sense to me why they don’t drink rosé all year long. The wines have good acidity, the body and red fruit flavors to stand up to richer foods, and the delicacy to work well with lighter fare.

I’ll cut down on our selection for fall and winter (and put another display on the metal tree), but we’ll keep a few choices for throughout the year; I actually just ordered 5 cases of the Triebaumer rosé of Blaufrankisch from Austria, which we’re pouring by the glass and is phenomenal (especially for about a third of the price of the Tempier!)