clayfu wrote:i should be getting a labrat for every single cab i purchase then under this basis.
Every? Check your math. I've gotten each and every PS offering since the program, and been ratted on 2 of the 7.
You should also check your logic, as you're comparing apples to rocky mountain oysters. I'm probably the most knowledgeable about and experienced with this variety on here (with the possible exception of rpm, but he doesn't post much about it), followed closely by TMR and Sparky. In addition to those two, I've inspired quite a number of others to start drinking it, in part due to my good recommendations on "gatewa6 PS" and in part because it's not a particularly widely-consumed variety nor one with which most people are familiar. Even most of the people I know who drink a fair bit of red wine of various types from a number of areas--like my parents, until about 18 months ago--are more likely to say "what's that?" or "isn't that the same thing as shiraz?" when I mention that I like Petite Sirah. Most people don't know what it is, what it tastes like, where it comes from, or how good the QPR is.
I don't think you fit either of those criteria -- there are a number of people much more versed than you in the ways of cab (nallie, rpm, just the first 2 to pop into mind). I don't deny that you have a special and sensitive palate; but that's not what I'm saying. I'm saying that I have, at least among the people who frequent this board, a unique set of comparators. Cabernet doesn't fit the criteria of PS -- I can compare this PS to the others that are widely available, others that I've had, and all the others that woot has offered.
But in contrast, I daresay that everybody who drinks red wine has heard of Cab (along with Pinot and Merlot), and that just every non-newbie red drinker has a decent grasp of the cab characteristics and has had a few, even if they go onto other things. They might not know its QPR, but they know what it is. Due to its ubiquity, popularity, and traditional pairings, most people "cut their wine teeth" on cab, me being among them. But nobody *starts* with PS.
Nor am I saying that an endorsement from you won't sell quite a bit of wine -- we've all seen what happens on the rare occasion that you have something positive to say about an offering. But at least compared to me and ps, you're making a qpr/value/quality statement in your notes; I feel like I'm pushing a grape.
In short: You may be a pretty big fish in the ocean, but I'm a small fish in a smaller pond (or perhaps a particularly large aquarium), and I'm damn near the top of the food chain. I can say a lot more about my environment, due to its smaller scope and the lack of company in it, than you can about yours.
clayfu wrote:damn right it ought to be. I was a labrat for Donati and then never again. People left and right are labratting multiple times.
Most of them also purchase from wine.woot more frequently than you do.
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