Wednesday, November 12, 2014

PA doesn't deserve the best (or maybe the PLCB doesn't know what good is). Part 3

The Wine Spectator Top 10 list started to come out the other day, and this is another place where the people of PA can see in so many ways that they are not treated as most other citizens are when it comes to having the best available.

Numbers 5 and 6 were released on Wednesday, 11/12:

#5 - Leeuwin Chardonnay Margaret River Art Series 2011, 600 cases Not available in PA

#6 - Chianti Classico San Lorenzo Gran Selezione 2010, 8,000 cases. Not available in PA
Compared to some limited editions, bottlings of eight thousand cases is a lot of product. So where were those 'world class' apron-wearing cube rat selectors the PLCB has in Harrisburg when the advances on these wines came out? I'm guessing not reading the Wine Spectator, even though they get free copies.

Since PA is the 2nd largest wine buyer in the country not getting an allocation of the #5 wine on the list shows that the distributor thinks that is isn't worth their time to deal with the PLCB or the buyers didn't try to get it or the system we have isn't as "world class" as they say.  Most likely a combination of all of that. You can buy it in New Jersey or New York still if you want from a private seller who somehow manages to know what fine wine and good spirits really are.

Six in a row not available in PA, let's see how they do in Part 4 when wines #2, #3 and #4 are released on Thursday.  Will the PLCB continue the losing streak we have come to expect of will they have made a mistake and actually gotten something exceptional . Any takers? Any bets?

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I love this thread. Keep it going! Amusing and so sad at the same time.

Albert Brooks said...

Once I finish the top ten I'll be doing #11-25 next week to see if the PLCB got even a few or not.