Tuesday, March 22, 2011
I have looked at a lot of wine lists lately, in regards to Italian places, but not exclusively. One wine director recently bragged to folks at the bar, ”I tried to find things no one would recognize”. Really? Is that what I, as an owner, would like a beverage director to do to my wine program? Find things no one would recognize? What am I missing here?
If the consultant, director, whatever we call the person who designs a wine program, is at the restaurant all the working hours, it shouldn’t be a problem. But as it was, in the case of the place where the consultant put together a list of “unrecognizables”, two out of three times I was there, said consultant wasn’t there. So what good was this program?
A good friend recently told me, over lunch, "If you ain’t selling, you aren't here for long.”
You must have mindshare before you can have marketshare. You cannot have marketshare if you are not there.
Word to those who are listening. Get back to your ship, get in your seat, or your floor, and work it. There are no gimme’s, even for master sommeliers. It’s all about what you are worth to your boss or your restaurant, right then. Right there. And by the way, if an industry type, whether they are from a large distributor or a small importer, come in, offer one or two of their “unrecognizables” while you are at it. Two words: Expense Account. Three more words: Money to spend. Mix business sense in with your quest for mastery, it will keep the boss happy and the ship afloat.
Posted by Alfonso Cevola at 8:36 PM