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Reader Mail Bag: Help A Newly-Minted Sales Rep

Vinted on September 2, 2015 binned in learning wine, wine tips

1WD reader Robert has written in to yours truly, with an interesting double-barreled challenge. I think that we need the collective wisdom of the insanely-intelligent, hyper-attractive, overly-inebriated, and mega-hyphenated 1WD readership to help this guy. Also, I’m in Champagne this week collecting vinous memories that will make you all jealous, so I could use a little help here as I can’t effectively type with one hand while the other is busy raising glasses of amazing bubbly to my face.

Here’s Robert’s request:

I am brand new to the world of wine, sure I drank my share but now want to get serious in the industry of selling, sampling and the tastings of all types of wine.  I just took on a sales rep position with a small fine wine importer/distributor and want to learn on best ways to succeed. Any advice on what baby steps to take or where to begin as a sales rep would be very much appreciated.

Notice that Robert has a dual challenge here, in that he simultaneously needs to learn the fine wine ropes (primarily, I’m guessing, through tasting, which – lucky for him – has already been touched on in Reader Mailbag form here), and in learning the fine wine sales rep ropes.

Now, I know that there is no shortage of the wine sales rep populace reading 1WD, so I’m asking you folks to help brother Robert!

Shout it out loud in the comments, people: what advice would you give to a newly-minted wine sales rep?





All Good Things… (The Final Answers Wine Article Round-up)

Vinted on June 23, 2015 binned in going pro, learning wine june 2015


This is the end… beautiful friend… the end…”

As we wrap up the June 2015 articles, it’s with bittersweet emotion that I tell you that we’re also wrapping up my stint at, a gig that kicked off over two years ago and that resulted in nearly two hundred (!) articles. Answers is winding down the entire expert article program (just FYI, in case you’re following any of the other expert areas there).

I find it interesting that, when I tell people that a gig like this is ending, I invariably get a “oh that sucks” response, which is the polar opposite of my “I’m grateful to have had the opportunity” response. I mean, I made some money talking about wine on a very high-profile online presence, and did it for longer than I’d ever expected it to have lasted. The only sucky part is the reduction of income, which I don’t see as permanent. But maybe I’m weird?

Anyway, here are the final four:

Three Reasons Why 2015 Is The Most Competitive Wine Market Ever

I couldn’t resist this one, since it’s the crux of my opening point from the speaking gigs I did recently with Full Circle Wine Solutions. Seriously, if you’re in the biz, get all of your excuses out now, because they all suck and sound pathetic: we are in the midst of the most competitive wine market in the history of planet Earth.

Wine Book Review: “Ancient Wine” by Patrick E. McGovern

McGovern is a Philly guy. So maybe I am biased. But… he writes a hell of an interesting book when it comes to wine history. This one is a bit academic and at times difficult to follow, but it’s so packed with excellent information that I’d encourage you to pick it up.


Sicily did NOT suck

Five Wine Producers to Watch from Sicily

Obviously a result of my recent jaunt there. There is much, much, much more to come from that, but I need to get my act together on a bunch of things first. But trust me, you will want to stick around for that, because it includes a never-before-attempted Ben Ryé vertical… just sayin’…

Wine Product Review: Peugeot Clef du Vin Travel Wine Tool

I couldn’t let this one go, I had to review this sample of the Clef du Vin before the Answers gig ended. And… well… I just don’t know… I mean, yeah, it affects the taste of the wine… BUT… Just read the review, and you’ll see what I mean.





Comin’ Up Rose At

Vinted on June 18, 2015 binned in going pro, learning wine rose


Writing about rosé wines in the Spring / early Summer is fraught with pitfalls, most involving haters going ballistic on the authors, along the lines of “WTF?!?? Drink rosé all year long, you talentless freak!

It’s not that those people are wrong; I share their opinion that rosé ought to be a drinking option no matter what the season. Where I disagree is that rosé coverage shouldn’t happen in the Spring, because that is, almost certainly, when most people drink it or first become exposed to it. As the modern pop philosophers The Kinks put it, sometime you have to Give The People What They Want!

So when agreed to have me pen an introductory piece on rosé, I was 100% game. Especially since that lets me mention Tavel, which I’m inclined to do anywhere, even to wandering vagrants or at religious functions. That’s just how I roll (until I get questioned by the police, anyway).

And so, the folks once again performed their infographic Kung Fu, and the results, as you will see below, are pretty cool (though, of course, far from comprehensive – this is an intro to rosé, after all). Enjoy…

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