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A winery theory

March 17, 2014

I work at this one winery that stays open an hour longer than the other wineries. As a result, the people hitting the wine trail, usually come there at the end of the day, and they’re drinkers who want to continue their buzz. I’m willing to bet that if you looked at the sales in the last extra hour, you’d find they dropped, and I bet if you cut an hour back, you’d make more money. The people who drink aren’t tasting. People who are into wine, like smacks of wines so they can experience more, and be introduced to another wine. I have to say, they can talk about all the nuances of wine but there’s no getting around the alcohol, and when you’re staring at people who are talking sloppy and laughing, it’s hard to be part of their party–especially when you want to close and go home.

Oh, classic wine asshole: If the person takes out a calculator–they’re assholes when they do that in a restaurant too. They work off an actuarial table that benefits them at your expense. They get all the discounts, and you pay more. Usually, they get mad if they don’t get the deals they’re working. They will try to get a higher discount than their wine club discount. And if they don’t get it, they get mad and either buy less, or nothing, and leave without tipping–after they have tried just about every wine you have, including the ones on the reserve list. Where else can people eat and nibble and drink for 45 minutes and not tip????

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