Originally posted by pyang:
I don't understand why people gets upset over this, they are one of the few true Napkins making wonderful, honest, and extremely fair priced wines. For that matter, they are well under priced based on demand.
For years, Dave always told me he just doesn't have enough wine to go around to keep everyone happy, especially the mailing list customers. And for years, I've told him there are three solutions. First, reduce the allocation he's given to retail accounts and move to mailing list. Second, take a good size price hike. Third, raise production.
Fast forward good eight years later, he hasn't taken any of my suggestions. He doesn't want to cut retail account allocations as they are the folks that helped got the label off the ground. He didn't take anything resembling a significant price hike as he want to take care of his mailing list customers. Production wasn't increased because Dave doesn't need the money and don't want more work.
Perhaps he can reduce the allocation to each mailing list customer to split the production more evenly, but I would bet there will still be same amount of people complaining.
Or would any of you rather see him increase the mailing list price by 50% to curb the demand? Even at that price point, the likely scenario is still not enough wine to go around, but perhaps rather than taking less than four hours to be sold out, that time window becomes 48 hours.
Think about this, how many Napa labels are created by people that made their money elsewhere in the world, fly to Napa and decide to be a vintner? How many of these "I don't need money" type ends up pricing their wine at stupid triple digits range?
Dave is a genuinely wonderful, friendly, down to earth guy. Dave is a farmer that decided to make a little bit of wine from his vineyards and eventually pass it on to the next generation in the family.
Honestly, I haven't bought Lewlling for years, and haven't visited with Dave since I moved away from Napa two years ago. But I can guarantee you, if I give him a call tomorrow telling him I am heading to Napa and want to see him, he will do what he can to make that happen because he really is a great guy and really cares.
Look, if you missed out this year, you are not kicked off the mailing list and there is always more wine next year.
could not agree more - one of the best tours and tastings in Napa always with the caveat that there will be NO wine for sale at the end of the tour, because it is all sold. Last year they let my son help them measure brix with them during the tour.
Due to the short window, I missed out on my allocation, but the wine is readily available at retail.