Allocation and Client List Expansions

Hello everyone
A good amount of time ago (I forget when, really), I was forced to close my mailing list to new requests. It wasn’t that we had an enormous list as it was. However, our tiny production at that time meant that we had to make a difficult choice. We didn’t want those on our list to receive low allocations simply because we were offering wines to too many people. But we also wanted to give others a chance to see if they were interested in trying our wines as well.

Adding to the difficulty in figuring out the method to allocate wines was the decision to allocate a certain quantity to the side for importers. Quite recently, we have had the opportunity to restructure our allocation set up. And the result was to make more wines available to those direct clients that are interested in buying directly from us.

There is something special for us in having a two-way relationship with our clients which allows us to know each other and to have an open exchange between us.

We have always made a point of showing our appreciation for those that have supported us. In 2009, with no experience to speak of, so many were behind the concept of our winery before anything had actually materialized. With a mailing list of over 1200 people, only 80 or so private clients purchased wines directly with us. We had three times this amount of clients for the 2010 release. Before opening up the list we first thought of those of you that have bought from us previously.

All of you have helped make this dream a reality. No expansion would be attempted before knowing that each of you would be offered not only wines, but an increasingly high level of attention to detail and service. We are more than confident that we will be able to exceed expectations on each of these details.

So, let’s go over all of the details and processes which will change now that the Client List (I prefer ‘Client List’ as a term since it is more to the point) will be opened up to new requests:

Absolutely nothing aside from more wine lovers having the option to buy our wines direct from the winery.

Now that that is out of the way, let’s get to the most important part.

Not too long ago, just three years ago actually, I was living in California with my attention focused on arriving in Burgundy and to find a way to be a part of the wines here. I had no idea how any of it would come together, but the support that I was given by my wife, friends, fellow wine lovers and producers I heard from around the world were essential to us being at this point , in this moment. We honestly haven’t done much yet, there is still a long road to walk down after all. However, it means a lot each time any of you have said anything supportive about what we are doing here. Really thankful to all of you.

The Client Request Form is HERE . A few have inquired if this list is for mailings only. Just to confirm, this is not a waiting list but a list to be offered wines from our regular production that recently reached full production. No obligation to buy, no wine clubs. We only have 8 wines, but the selection may be of interest to some. 

IMPORTANT DETAIL: I will need your full name, shipping address and a telephone number. 

Thank you again and Happy Holidays!

Cheers

Ray

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6 thoughts on “Allocation and Client List Expansions

  1. Hi Ray- I am very pleased to see you’ve re-opened the mailing list–sign me up! I am looking forward to your offerings and cannot wait to re-live my experience at your cellar where I was truly humbled by the transparency of your terroirs. Thank you.

  2. I did not know of your wines last year, but I admire you for you efforts and cannot wait to purchase your wine this year. Bravo!

  3. Hey Hank,
    Thanks for the generous comment! If you’d like to get signed up, drop me an email with ‘Mailing List’ as the subject with your contact and shipping details specified within.

    Thanks again! You are welcome back anytime you like

  4. Hey Ray, if I received your email does it mean I made the allocation list? Or am I just moving closer? 🙂

  5. Hey,
    Everyone should be offered some sort of allocation, which will be based on purchasing history. That said, those that have ordered previously are small in number and I know that they will have more than enough wine allocated to them to leave a good amount for those new to the list.

    Cheers

    Ray

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