My “Secret” Wine Source

I love wine, this should come as no surprise to anyone that knows me. White, red, dry, sweet, I pretty much like them all. I plan vacations around winery locations. I will take a chance on wines in expected places – when driving across country and I saw a winery sign in Oklahoma, I stopped – not with high expectations, but was pleasantly surprised. I do have my favorites, the reds out of Southern California, Arizona and Spain, but I want to try as much and as many as possible. In order to do that, I have a “secret” wine source that sends me daily emails about wonderful wines they have been able to get hold of, often in “limited quantities,” and I want to share it with you. My “secret” source is Garagiste (actually a front for Jon Rimmerman, a wine seller and marketing genius).

Every day I get an entertaining email describing a wine, how he came about having access to it or possibly some philosophical musings on life. The email always ends with the deal and it’s usually a very good deal. Sometimes, like today, the email offers up a deal on very high quality food stuffs, such as olive oil or walnut oil.

Grapes at Lawrence Dunham Vineyards, Pearce, AZ
Grapes at Lawrence Dunham Vineyards, Pearce, AZ

My wines from Garagiste are almost always ones I would not have access to trying and have included a 2005 Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon “Fay,” a 1997 Terreno Chianti Classico Riserva, and a 2010 Close Bellane Cotes du Rhone Villages “Les Echalas” Rouge. All were excellent.

If you live where wine can be shipped to you, I highly recommend you sign up for the Garagiste emails. Even if you never buy a bottle, they are good reading for the wine soul.

For more reading on Jon Rimmerman and his business model for selling wine (and he sells lots of it), check out the article on him in the New York Times Magazine.

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