Wine Talk

Snooth User: Philip James

Who shops on Snooth?

Posted by Philip James, Apr 16, 2008.

A lot of you do, of course, but even I was surprised when the personal assistant to the CEO of a $10 billion dollar (market cap) publicly traded company called and asked for wine advice. When I helped them track down a specific vintage of a certain wine and found it was only available in California they said they'd send the jet!

I, of course, offered to endure immense hardship and go and personally procure the said wines myself. Yes, I'd suffer the agony of sitting in the corporate jet for 5 hours each way to ensure client satisfaction.

Unfortunately, i was told that wasnt necessary - so its back to data cleanup for me...


Reply by John Andrews, Apr 16, 2008.

wow ... that is impressive. I do shop here for competitive pricing but usually make my purchases in person. I really hate shipping fees!

People have asked me to describe what Snooth is ... the best I could up was Kayak for wine.

Reply by oceank8, Apr 16, 2008.

I am very new to this site but look forward to shopping for wine. In fact, the reason I found Snooth was because I was looking for a wine. You didn't have it and I have since found out it is a winery exclusive (I just called them to order a case). Then yesterday I went to my local store looking for a suggested Pinotage which I had printed out. I was then told they don't carry any Pinotage (so I bought a bunch of other stuff). This morning I came to Snooth and tried to order but when I went to the link, it said they were out of stock.

Even though my first two attempts didn't work out, I know I will buy wine here! You have all taught me so much already and I want to try so many more wines than I can get at my local store!

Reply by Philip James, Apr 17, 2008.

k8 - thank you for your patience. Our recent data integration of over 1 million prices caused some...hiccups...which are almost all resolved. I'll post more about this in a new thread but over servers have needed some upgrades to handle the volume of data we're dealing with now.

Reply by Squirt, Apr 18, 2008.

My Lady and I travel fulltime and our mail forwarder can not forward any alcoholic beverages through the USPS. Ordering direct really isn't an option because we are always on the move. This week we are in Loveland, CO and next week who knows. We do get to find some interesting wine shops. We will end up in Wyoming for the summer, and they have very restrictive shipping laws for wine. $50.00 permit fee per shipment, 12% over retail tax per bottle and only 2 cases per year, not very conducive to mail order sales.

Reply by Philip James, Apr 18, 2008.

Squirt - that sounds like a really interesting life to be traveling full time (unless you are one of the great train robbers and you're on the run i guess. joking!).

Some of the state regulations are highly restrictive. Wyoming, as you mentioned is one, but Vermont is another. The scary thing is the state government pays people to follow up with customers who, shock horror, have had 3 cases of wine delivered within a year! Most stores just ship to your neighbours or people on your block to sidestep those laws (not that i endorse anything, ever)

Reply by cjn208, Apr 19, 2008.

I'm sure the shareholders will be pleased that the Gulfstream IV is being deployed to chase down wine. Heh.

Reply by Squirt, Apr 20, 2008.

Actually it's a wonderful lifestyle, being able to travel all the time. No, we don't have a Gulfstream, but we can go where we want when we want. We travel in a 38' diesel Motorhome along with our 2 furballs, and Squirt. Squirt is our "toad", a vehicle that we tow behind us for day to day transportation. Squirt is a 2006 MINI Cooper "S" and he makes a great wine chaser. We try to visit as many wineries as we can and also collect wine from the different states we pass through. We went to Holy Cross Abbey Winery, in Canon City, CO. last week, Benedictine Monks set up the winery in the abbey of one of the oldest churches in the country. They make an award winning Riesling and three other wines. There is a tasting room in Estes Park that fronts for 5 northern Colorado wineries and we are headed there early next week before we leave the area and head north.

Reply by Philip James, Apr 21, 2008.

Squirt - that does sound like a lot of fun. Not sure if you ever get down to Mexico, but Oceank8 was telling us about driving around the wineries of Guadalupe Valley on the Baja Peninsula:

Reply by Mark Angelillo, Apr 21, 2008.

@Squirt -- Awesome lifestyle! How are you checking Snooth? Colorado internet cafes? Satellite? iPhone?

Reply by Squirt, Apr 22, 2008.

Philip-We might head down that way next winter, but with all the State Department warnings concerning Mexico travel, we are a little hesitant. One of the reasons we decided to travel this way, is that both Linda and I have travelled extensively outside the US and we wanted to see our country, up close and personal. There is so much to see and do here that we can spend the rest of our life in the US and never see it all. We've spent the last 8 years on the East Coast, and we were getting very burned out on people in general. In the last year, being away from that area and seeing other areas of the states has begun to restore our faith and love for the human race. It's so wonderful to walk into a retail establishment and not have to deal with a moron with an attitude and dealing with folks that actually want to be of service to you.

Mark- We are way past that. We use an broadband aircard hooked up to a router for a network in the motorhome. We have 2 or 3 laptops on most times. We have one dedicated to just trip routing and route research, it's hooked up to a GPS system. We have internet access just about anywhere we are, 24/7/365. We use it quite a bit when we are driving to research the areas that we are traveling to, through, or staying in. We have a 2000 watt inverter and a big bank of batteries so we have 110 volt electricity when on the road. Our home is just like yours except it's on wheels.

Reply by Mark Angelillo, Apr 28, 2008.

You know, it sounds like your home is nicer than mine. It's not like I don't have to fill mine with gas from time to time anyway.

I used to live in a house where there were no fewer than 15 computers (probably 4 or 5 of them laptops) running at any point in time. And a stack of 20-25 of them unplugged and sitting in the front hall... All for 6 people. Ahem, 6 geeks, I mean.

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