I was talking to the owner of a wine store in Los Angeles that I’ve known for over 30 years and he said that exact quote. So I naturally replied, “More for you to sell and make more money.”
That’s when he told me, “No.”
He explained that for the most part wine buying is a zero-sum game and that his store does about the same amount of business no matter how many good/great wines are available/made. He also mentioned that the December holiday buying season has shrunk from 1 month to about 1 week. I asked him about producers raising prices year after year and he just shook his head. “Real soon they are going to be in for a big surprise. Once they raise prices and it doesn’t sell, it’s very difficult to drop them(prices).”
I asked him about cult wines directly sold to consumers and he said, “They better be careful too. What’s hot today, may not be hot tomorrow. And they too can get caught in the price inflation trap.”
I thought his comments mirrored a lot of what has been said here in the last few years.