chipgreen wrote:In the end, I'll care a lot more about how they drink than what I paid for them.
You know what woot's slogan is? One deal a day. Price is pretty much by definition an important factor in finding a deal. If it was simply will you enjoy the wine, then I am sure there are countless three-figure Barolos that I would not be disappointed with. Yet, that isn't a deal or why I check woot.
Besides when the winemakers come in and chat, which is why I come here, the discussion has pretty much devolved into those who defend woot and those who are critical, and no one can be in the middle.
Back in the glory days of woot, you could buy a wine and pretend you had a shot at being a lab rat, and part of the discussion. Nowadays, it is the same people who are always privy to the woot gatherings, tours, etc. Or hang out at the tasting room every other weekend. That is great for Californians and others with tons of disposable income, but it doesn't sell us once-in-a-while, but always browsing the forums, people on the wine.
It just seems like a club that I am not part of, and if I dare be critical of a deal, I am given arm-chair economist reasons about how in the glory days we got better wine (which tacitly admits this isn't as good of a deal as it once was while simultaneously saying it is a good deal). What is the response? Go try and find a bottle of this quality at the supermarket.
AGREED! That is why I am here in the first place. That doesn't negate the QPR of the discussion. There are emerging AVAs and wineries that are delivering great wine for a song. Since the consumers on woot are prone to seek out deals and not just go buy plonk at the grocery store. So those responses mean little to people seeking the best value.
I don't want to come off as critical of this offering. I absolutely love Ty Caton, and he has been able to increase his prices due to his, deserved, popularity. But, can we just stop with the same 20 people who were "randomly" labrats before, always can comments on the new wines, and are instantly dismissive on those who don't see the same "value" as you do since we don't know WineDavid by glance, and cannot reference our 3,000 bottle inventory each offering.