Wednesday, February 27, 2013
One of my clients is a major player in wine and its distribution. As a vendor, I have access to their wine store.
I haven't really taken advantage of this perk, mostly due to time. While they do sell wine, they don't ship it, mainly because the store is open to employees, who just take it home with them.
I was taking it home with me as well - just 2,200 miles away.
And you get the wine at wholesale - or less. A nice bottle of a certain red I like is $11.99 in the store and reduced to $10.99 at Costco. But here, I get it for $4.25.
So yesterday, I got a box and selected a number of different wines ranging from $4.25 to $13.00 per bottle. There were some there that were $48 per bottle, so I don't know what that runs in a store. More than I would ever pay.
I selected some Pinots - both Gris and Noirs. Some Blends. Some Cabs and according to the store guy, an incredible discontinued Chardonnay that retails for $75 per bottle that I snagged for $10. Oh and a dark red infused with dark chocolate. Only one bottle of that since I have no idea what that will end up tasting like.
However, I wasn't counting on one major thing: FedEx and UPS won't ship wine....or any liquid, I think. They will if it goes from company to purchaser, but not from individual to individual.
Mind you, by this time, I had already purchased the wine and left the premises before being made aware of this little speed bump in life.
So, I'm taking a risk. I got bubble wrap and encased not only each bottle, but the bottom and sides of the box from the winery. I also got a FedEx box to put the original box into and then packed and sealed that.
Thanks to Mr. Platinum Status, come this morning, I can check this as a bag at no cost and hope the baggage folk don't ruin everything.or that we hit horrible turbulence.
As much as this is a perk of the job, I don't envision myself doing this again. Way too much work even though I saved a fortune.
FedEx was so less than helpful. They almost didn't even want to sell me a box and packing material. They certainly would not help me assemble the box or expertly pack it, even if they didn't ship it. Somehow to help a poor schlub like me would make them liable if something happened. As if.
Well, hopefully, the wine will make it back in one piece. Or twelve single pieces. Wish me luck.
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