I’ve had more than a few people tell me they will not shop at the new Total Wine that is opening in Bellevue next week. They want to exclusively support the local mom and pop wine shop.
To these people I ask the following:
- Do you order dvd’s online from Netflix or do you only walk down to the neighborhood video store?
- Do you order books from Amazon or do you solely use the hole in the wall book shop down the street?
- Do you periodically have lunch at Chipotle or do you only buy your burritos at the local food cart?
If you support any of the national brands mentioned above but won’t shop at Total Wine don’t you think you are being a little hypocritical?
I will continue to buy wines like Maison Bleue, Gramercy and Reynvaan from the small local wine store . Rest assured though that if I am looking for classified growth Bordeaux like Lynch Bages or Pichon Baron I will not give a second thought to shopping at Total Wine.
For this wine consumer there is a place for both the big box wine retailer and the small local wine store.