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Monday, February 25, 2008

Wine Store Recession Index

On New Year's eve I visited my wine store and the wine buyer was glum. Yes, people were buying bottles of wine and champagne but no one was buying cases anymore. The party era was over. He had called his peers throughout the District and they all reported a major slump, one that was the worst they could recall in their professional lives.

As a big wine purchaser (lush) the wine buyer used to walk me up the register and dictate major discounts for me. That is gone now too and I pay retail.

Wine stores are the canary in the coal mine about the economy, and the canary died.

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