Ugh, I hate sales. Serious question: Does anyone know someone who might be interested in buying 10-15 cases of wine at a good discount?
I don’t think I reported on this earlier, but Crushpad has moved from San Francisco to Napa. For the first time, they will have a public tasting room for Crushpad wineries, which is wonderful, but the guys like me who do not continue to make wine every year are not allowed to use the tasting room.
They’re also talking about charging us—the one-vintage wineries—more for storage and fulfillment because we don’t actually make the company any money.
And, I just learned that the storage and order fulfillment facility is moving up to Napa, as well. They’re outsourcing to a larger company, which is tremendous news, as it will make things much smoother on the ordering side. And goodness knows I’ve had more than a few bumps with fulfillment in the past. So that’s great.
Except that 1.) all my wine is moving to Napa (hello, long drive to pick up my own wine and goodbye local pickup for y’all) and 2.) it looks like costs will be going up all around, including shipping (which may be unrelated to the fulfillment company but pretty much sucks for my customers in any case).
So maybe it’s not such a big deal in le grand scheme, but I’m feeling pretty shat-upon right now, like I’m being penalized because I can’t sell my little batch of wine to make enough money to buy more batches of wine… and they’re not helping.
I hate sales. Did I mention this before? I am not a salesperson. I do not like selling things. I like making things and making people happy with those things and having parties with great wine, but I do not like selling wine. You can tell how upset I am because my syntax is getting really bad. And because this whole post is a little knotted ball of negativity whereas I normally really do believe in the power of positive thought and wasn’t positivity the whole freaking point of starting a winery in the first place?!