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Tasting fee for Arista?

So Arista wines are spectacular. But they unfortunately want a $5 fee per person. I'm assuming that we're not going to do this, right?

I have requested that one of the owners call me back regarding perhaps a minimum purchase to alleviate the tasting fee for the group.

EDIT: New news -- they have made us a special offer they have never done before. He's offering to skip the tasting fee for anyone that purchases wine. (ie typical situation for smaller places)

Would this be okay with everyone?


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Jun. 24th, 2008 10:31 pm (UTC)
They MUST know about how we drink wine. And buy wine. And store wine. And drink wine.

As for your other post, let's skip Sonoma, and do Valley of the Moon on a Sunday optional, if we are so inclined. We are so close, that I would really like to go back there. They may have the piano player as well.
Jun. 24th, 2008 10:39 pm (UTC)
They MUST know about how we drink wine. And buy wine. And store wine. And drink wine.

I've been clear to qualify that. It helps that every place I've talked to so far remembers me, and knows that I buy a lot of wine and everyone I've brought to them so far has bought wine.

Most of them are simply concerned because they'll be pouring $200-300 worth of wine for us. They've all admitted they'll waive the fees if enough wine is bought, but they feel that the tasting fee is the easy compromise ;-)

So I guess I need to know how people feel about this. It appears that more and more wineries in Russian River are doing the tasting fees...
Jun. 24th, 2008 11:42 pm (UTC)
Even several of the Livermore wineries we frequent have started having small tasting fees.

It's partly just to reduce the number of "OOOH! Free BOOOZE!" types coming through and drinking but never buying.

We buy enough that we almost never have to pay :-)
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