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by justinmcinerny
August 28th, 2019, 10:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Vintners in Savoy?
Replies: 22
Views: 825

Re: Favorite Vintners in Savoy?

We have done well with Domaine Marc Portaz from North Berkley imports. I also like Rondeau Cerdon Bugey from Charles Neal selections.
by justinmcinerny
March 8th, 2019, 6:19 am
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: DC Help?
Replies: 8
Views: 810

Re: DC Help?

A. Litteri http://alitteri.com/Home_Page.php is a place I have been meaning to visit. It's an Italian specialist. A little tucked away but that part of town is devoping.
by justinmcinerny
February 15th, 2019, 8:45 am
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: More Saturday Retail Funnies
Replies: 1814
Views: 176328

Re: More Saturday Retail Funnies

Keep in mind that the shop is right next to Washington DC. A guy in his 30's comes in yesterday. He seemed to be a little frazzled and says "do you have anything from Orrin Hatch". I immediately replied, "no we don't have anything from Utah, plus I don't think Mormons make wine, they just sell it". ...
by justinmcinerny
January 10th, 2019, 7:14 pm
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Crowdsource Question: Disrupting the Three Tier Model?
Replies: 5
Views: 940

Re: Crowdsource Question: Disrupting the Three Tier Model?

Unless I am missing something, your idea seems to be unworkable in today's regulatory environment. I am a Maryland retailer. The laws here strictly prohibit partnering with a business in another tier. Maryland's laws also preclude direct to consumer imported wines. It is probably a safe bet that the...
by justinmcinerny
October 26th, 2018, 7:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wineries near Charlottesville VA
Replies: 34
Views: 1130

Re: Wineries near Charlottesville VA

Linden Vineyards in Linden, VA https://www.lindenvineyards.com/come-visit is about 75 miles north of Charlottesville so it's probably too far away. However, I will put Linden's wines next to anybody's wines in terms of quality to price. If you see any Linden wines in Charlottesville retailers or res...
by justinmcinerny
September 1st, 2018, 10:58 am
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Total wines Illinois
Replies: 9
Views: 1582

Re: Total wines Illinois

Very delayed response but I will say that in Maryland, where Total is headquartered, it's the same rule. Only one license per person. There are two Total stores in Maryland, one principal holds one license, another principal holds the other license. They have unsuccessfully lobbied for a several yea...
by justinmcinerny
September 1st, 2018, 10:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hungarian Wine Recommendations
Replies: 41
Views: 1289

Re: Hungarian Wine Recommendations

I don't know much about Hungary either but I have been selling Evolucio dry Furmint for a long time and we sell a few bottles a week, it's on the shelf for $13.99. I haven't had it in a while, I need to revisit it.
by justinmcinerny
January 19th, 2018, 5:31 pm
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: shopify wine stores online
Replies: 7
Views: 1480

shopify wine stores online

I don't know your particulars but I am not enthusiastic about Shopify if you are using it with a brick and mortar store. I run a boutique beer and wine store and I am pretty satisfied with Lightspeed. Lightspeed's brick and mortar POS system and its e-commerce platform work seamlessly and for a good...
by justinmcinerny
July 20th, 2017, 6:31 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Hudson Valley wineries
Replies: 0
Views: 191

Hudson Valley wineries

Want to explore wineries near my daughter's college around Poughkeepsie. We visited Millbrook Winery last year and enjoyed it. Any other suggestions?
by justinmcinerny
July 19th, 2017, 4:13 pm
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: More Saturday Retail Funnies
Replies: 1814
Views: 176328

More Saturday Retail Funnies

I probably shouldn't be posting this because it perhaps shows that I don't train people properly but what the heck. A part-time employee of ours who is a beer and wine novice said he ran into some Buddhist monks at his other retail job. He asked the monks about the great beer that they make. He said...
by justinmcinerny
April 23rd, 2017, 8:40 am
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: social media outsourcing
Replies: 4
Views: 1784

social media outsourcing

Does anyone have experience with social media outsourcing companies? Main Street Hub and Social High Rise seem to be two of the bigger ones. I just don't have time to work with Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and everything else that's out there. I have a web page which does pretty well, an e-mail list...
by justinmcinerny
March 16th, 2017, 4:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Arizona Winery Visits - some good, some not so...
Replies: 45
Views: 2795

TN: Arizona Winery Visits - some good, some not so...

I met Glomski a few years ago a little while after the movie came out. He was doing a ride along with the local Caduceaus/Arizona Stronghold vendor. We spent about a half hour together tasting the wines just doing a normal vendor visit. I thought he was a great guy. Not surprisingly, he was like any...
by justinmcinerny
March 14th, 2017, 6:52 pm
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Barbera d'Alba Cab blend?
Replies: 7
Views: 1943

Barbera d'Alba Cab blend?

They might have Cabernet and Barbera blended, but then they can't be called Barbera d'Alba. I should have thought of this right away. As the saying goes "it's better to be thought a fool and remain silent than to speak up and remove all doubt". I need to get better with Italian wines. Thought perha...
by justinmcinerny
March 14th, 2017, 6:43 pm
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Barbera d'Alba Cab blend?
Replies: 7
Views: 1943

Barbera d'Alba Cab blend?

Thank you Tyler and Eric, this gives me something to go on. I have some pretty good vendors around here, at least I know where to start.
by justinmcinerny
March 9th, 2017, 4:38 am
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Barbera d'Alba Cab blend?
Replies: 7
Views: 1943

Barbera d'Alba Cab blend?

At the risk of asking a really stupid question to those who know Italian wine but is there such a thing as a Barbera d'Alba Cabernet Sauvignon blend? I have not seen one but I am no expert. A customer of mine insists that they exist. If so can someone name some producers?
by justinmcinerny
February 26th, 2017, 4:13 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Vodka? Does it really matter?
Replies: 40
Views: 2077

Vodka? Does it really matter?

No, I am just saying I don't like spirits in general even those which are made with grapes and are sometimes held in high esteem by wine enthusiasts. After visiting a distillery in Scotland and seeing the manufacturing process, it seems to me that whisky is also a neutral distilled spirit which gets...
by justinmcinerny
February 24th, 2017, 6:40 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Vodka? Does it really matter?
Replies: 40
Views: 2077

Vodka? Does it really matter?

[soap.gif] Isn't vodka by definition a neutral distilled spirit? If so, then it seems like it is supposed to be flavorless and odorless by definition and simply a device to deliver alcohol to your blood system. I am clearly missing something and injecting my own subjective tastes here but I just don...
by justinmcinerny
January 28th, 2017, 9:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question for Massachusetts Berserkers
Replies: 20
Views: 1418

Question for Massachusetts Berserkers

Little bit of a thread drift but . . . domestic wineries can ship direct to retailers in Maryland if they have a fairly small production (I would have to look up the limit). Meanwhile, any domestic winery, regardless of its size, can ship direct to consumers in Maryland. It is illegal for out of sta...
by justinmcinerny
December 20th, 2016, 7:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Get ready:UPS Stopping retailer shipments midstream
Replies: 143
Views: 12214

Get ready:UPS Stopping retailer shipments midstream

Another thread on the Michigan issue started by Tom Wark http://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/vie ... 1&t=135468
by justinmcinerny
December 19th, 2016, 6:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Get ready:UPS Stopping retailer shipments midstream
Replies: 143
Views: 12214

Get ready:UPS Stopping retailer shipments midstream

Here's some news from Michigan on the issue http://www.fox47news.com/news/local-news/beer-wine-distributors-applaud-michigan-house-for-passing-bill "Beer and wine distributors across Michigan are applauding the Michigan House for approving legislation that will rein in illegal shipments of wine into...
by justinmcinerny
October 27th, 2016, 9:19 am
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: on line sales, card processor says we are high risk
Replies: 2
Views: 1430

on line sales, card processor says we are high risk

We are a brick and mortar store with a web presence that generates a decent amount of sales. Few of the sales are processed on-line. Instead, customers typically either come to the store or we get the credit card information over the phone. We do not ship wine as it's illegal to do so in Maryland. ...
by justinmcinerny
October 5th, 2016, 6:13 pm
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Google translate fail
Replies: 0
Views: 1038

Google translate fail

This might belong in the funnies section, I will let the mod(s) decide. The following is word for word from the English version of a producer's website. These ersatz translations happen all of the time, this one strikes me as particularly amusing but there are countless others. No need to embarrass ...
by justinmcinerny
April 1st, 2016, 9:21 am
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: POS System
Replies: 7
Views: 1708

POS System

Might be late to the party but I am very pleased with Lightspeed Retail , cloudbased POS, had it for over a year after leaving Shopkeep which I did not like at all. DM me if you want more info. It's pretty robust and inexpensive, $148 monthly including e-commerce that's seamless. Inventory gets popu...
by justinmcinerny
February 11th, 2016, 5:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why do producers use flanged bottles?
Replies: 9
Views: 976

Why do producers make flanged bottles?

J Morurat from the Loire Valley has flanged bottles which I believe are based on bottles from Roman ruins found in the area http://www.lebonvin.co.uk/index.php/j-mourat/fiefs-vendeens-rouge-j-mourat-collection-1.html I know I read this somewhere but now I can not find where I read it. Mourat's websi...
by justinmcinerny
November 17th, 2015, 4:07 pm
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: More Saturday Retail Funnies
Replies: 1814
Views: 176328

Barton & Guestier funny

Didn't happen on a Saturday in a store but it's funny (or so I think) and did not know where else to put it. Stumbled across this while doing some research for cheap Bordeaux on Barton & Guestier's website "The company's products a wide variety of delicious blame" http://winestyleonline.com/products...
by justinmcinerny
November 15th, 2015, 9:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: end Montgomery County MD beer wine spirits monopoly
Replies: 2
Views: 234

end Montgomery County MD beer wine spirits monopoly

The petition writer is doing grass roots organizing of consumers. I am organizing licensees. If you want to get involved PM me or contact Adam Pagnucco, the guy who started the petition. Eight out of nine county council members are opposed to opening up the market. Roger Berliner is the only one who...
by justinmcinerny
November 13th, 2015, 8:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: end Montgomery County MD beer wine spirits monopoly
Replies: 2
Views: 234

end Montgomery County MD beer wine spirits monopoly

Hyper local issue here but quite important to many of us in Maryland's DC suburbs. Is this even the right forum? I will give it a try. I am very active in the movement to break Montgomery County's monopoly on the sale of beer, wine and spirits. Adam Pugnacco recently launched a petition in support o...
by justinmcinerny
November 5th, 2015, 7:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite cheap wine with NY style pizza?
Replies: 41
Views: 1062

Favorite cheap wine with NY style pizza?

I learned of a really fun wine, Gragnano from Campania at Two Amy's in DC. The one on their list is Grotta del Sol -whose website says its "piedirosso, aglianico and sciascinoso for a minimum 60% and traditional vine varieties for the remaining 40%." The Two Amy's wine list claims it's the "classic ...
by justinmcinerny
September 29th, 2015, 7:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Beware: Square transactions email receipts
Replies: 30
Views: 1735

Beware: Square transactions email receipts

Last I looked; there is no company that offers an out-of-the-box software package that can handle both types of transactions for a wine shop. You would need to go with custom software to get this done – which is obviously not an option for a small shop. Lightspeed is a cloud based system which does...
by justinmcinerny
September 18th, 2015, 10:56 am
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: More Saturday Retail Funnies
Replies: 1814
Views: 176328

More Saturday Retail Funnies

red Burgundy is Pinot Noir by law. [wow.gif] Here are a couple of minor exceptions, there are probably others. Bourgogne Passe-tout-grains is an AOC Régional which produces red and rosé. The INAO requires the wine to have at least 30% Pinot Noir and at least 15% Gamay other allowable grapes are Cha...
by justinmcinerny
June 10th, 2015, 7:06 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Favorite Hot Sauce, rubs, BBQ or other Marinade? Recipes?
Replies: 41
Views: 1730

Favorite Hot Sauce, rubs, BBQ or other Marinade? Recipes?

Yuengling Brewery has three BBQ sauces that are easy to find in suburban DC. Whenever I am in a hurry and don't want to make my own or make a stop at a specialty store, I get the Yuengling Lager BBQ, there are two others which I haven't tried Porter and Black & Tan. It's not so great that I would or...
by justinmcinerny
April 25th, 2015, 12:29 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: UPC or Lack Thereof?
Replies: 12
Views: 1652

UPC or Lack Thereof?

I have a barcode printer with a decent POS and it's not a big deal to print my own. As Brent said, lack of bar codes is probably because of cost for most of the producers. It probably also has to do with a lack of business and tech savvy on the part of some tiny (especially European in my experience...
by justinmcinerny
April 24th, 2015, 11:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Foils..what's the consensus?
Replies: 80
Views: 2654

Foils..what's the consensus?

FWIW Francois Villard's Syrah is plastic with a foil disc on top. IIRC his Côte Rôtie also does the same thing. Works for me. Foil is a pain, especially when I just want to get a glass of wine for a guest. Twist offs rule! Glad I don't wait tables.Image
by justinmcinerny
April 15th, 2015, 7:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Have you ever walked away from wine?
Replies: 57
Views: 2761

Have you ever walked away from wine?

I'm neither a collector nor terribly obsessive about wine. I enjoy drinking in general and I consider myself to be both a wine and beer enthusiast. I have never intended to quit drinking for an extended period of time but, like others have noted, life intervenes. I went to law school at night and wo...
by justinmcinerny
April 13th, 2015, 6:59 pm
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Entry Level Sales Rep Position - Any Pointers, tips?
Replies: 23
Views: 4579

Entry Level Sales Rep Position - Any Pointers, tips?

Didn't want to start a new thread, even if the topic is kind of old. Here is something not to do. New RNDC sales rep drops by about two months ago. I tell him that RDNC is just not the type of portfolio I deal with. Our store is too small, he will never hit his numbers dealing with accounts like min...
by justinmcinerny
February 25th, 2015, 9:32 am
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Wine Store POS
Replies: 5
Views: 1722

Wine Store POS

I switched from Shopkeep to Lightspeed Retail about 6 months ago and could not be happier. Cloud based $148 monthly includes an excellent e-commerce platform and a basic website. Super versatile reporting, free and easy gift card functionality, integrates with MailChimp and other third parties inclu...
by justinmcinerny
December 13th, 2014, 1:46 pm
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Do you get tired of vendors for no reason?
Replies: 10
Views: 2323

Do you get tired of vendors for no reason?

I have a few vendors who aren't really doing anything wrong but I am just bored with their portfolios and their average service. These folks simply aren't doing anything interesting in terms of product mix and service. I don't dislike these folks. Street sales is a tough occupation and I don't want ...
by justinmcinerny
December 13th, 2014, 1:33 pm
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: SHELFTALKERS
Replies: 5
Views: 1506

SHELFTALKERS

I use Avery template 74536, in MS Word the dimensions are about 3" x 4", they are for name tag badges, so I bought a lot of the plastic badge holders. I clip the badge to the shelf or stick it on with velcro depending on the shelf. I keep the text short and simple, I won't use pencil lead or manure ...
by justinmcinerny
October 24th, 2014, 8:53 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What is an IPA?
Replies: 42
Views: 2194

What is an IPA?

It actually is a West Coast - East Coast thing Bob. IPA's are a British creation dating back to the 19th century, when they found that the beer that they were shipping to their troops in the Middle East was going bad in barrel before it would reach the troops. Hence the extra hopping. British beer ...
by justinmcinerny
September 11th, 2014, 8:29 am
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: wine storage question (maybe wrong forum)
Replies: 15
Views: 3030

wine storage question (maybe wrong forum)

Not sure where to post this, but a business contact of mine is a heating, refrigeration and air conditioning contractor. A customer of his has a temperature controlled in home wine cellar. The refrigeration unit in the cellar broke about three months ago. The cellar, without the refrigeration unit w...
by justinmcinerny
July 12th, 2014, 2:01 pm
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: wines not in inventory but on the website
Replies: 12
Views: 2830

wines not in inventory but on the website

I was just looking at a wine store web design and hosting service http://www.bevsites.com/index.php/2005/12/increase-your-selection-without-owning-additional-stock/ which has a concept called "virtual inventory". In a nutshell the retailer lists on on its website what is available at wholesalers as ...
by justinmcinerny
July 7th, 2014, 9:42 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Favorite summer quenchers
Replies: 36
Views: 2298

Favorite summer quenchers

Dofish Head Festina Peche
Stiegl Radler (grapefruit)
by justinmcinerny
June 24th, 2014, 7:34 pm
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Has anyone used sevenfifty
Replies: 23
Views: 4774

Has anyone used sevenfifty

I just got an e-mail from http://www.sevenfifty.com which claims to be "connecting the beverage alcohol industry
with a simple and powerful platform that helps vendors and buyers interact." Does anyone have experience with this place? If so is it worth getting involved?
by justinmcinerny
April 19th, 2014, 7:57 am
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: sales rep quotes wrong price what to do?
Replies: 20
Views: 3165

sales rep quotes wrong price what to do?

Thanks for the feedback, I am at a little more than break even, the rep and his boss are decent guys and I am just going to move on.
by justinmcinerny
April 18th, 2014, 8:57 am
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: sales rep quotes wrong price what to do?
Replies: 20
Views: 3165

sales rep quotes wrong price what to do?

Not a big amount of money but this really gets under my skin. I pre-sold three cases of wine to a customer. It's decent wine but not something that I want to carry right now. I gave the customer 15% off based on a price that was quoted as $111.90 per case wholesale. The wine comes in at $141.48 whol...
by justinmcinerny
April 16th, 2014, 9:45 am
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: IPad POS for beer tap room
Replies: 9
Views: 2052

IPad POS for beer tap room

I have been working with Shopkeep for years as a retailer, it has some shortcomings and probably is not right for a taproom. I have researched the heck out of cloud based POS for retailers. If I could change instantly I would probably go with Revel which is based in the Bay Area or Lightspeed. You c...
by justinmcinerny
March 6th, 2014, 9:01 am
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Virginia hotel wine sale question
Replies: 1
Views: 889

Virginia hotel wine sale question

Question answered - hostess told my friend the hotel had a minimum purchase that wasn't met. It's a busy place and I understand the minimum. Not a big drinking crowd I suppose. The hotel has the legal ability to sell for off premises consumption.
by justinmcinerny
March 5th, 2014, 10:35 am
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Virginia hotel wine sale question
Replies: 1
Views: 889

Virginia hotel wine sale question

Are there any Virginia licensees/lawyers out there? I am just curious about a business event which a friend of mine attended yesterday. It was at a big Virginia hotel. At the end of the event the hotel told the hostess that the hostess had to pay for all of the wine she ordered and she had to take t...
by justinmcinerny
January 31st, 2014, 8:24 pm
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Is this asking for trouble?
Replies: 11
Views: 2213

Is this asking for trouble?

In DC it is surprisingly easy to do this legally http://www.terroirist.com/2011/04/prote ... er-choice/.

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