SEATTLE: Proposed Law Could Limit Interstate Wine Shipping
on 19/10/10 at 7:57 amBooze News
IT’S just one more anonymous warehouse here in a mundane industrial district, but within its humble walls lie 23,000 temperature- and humidity-controlled square feet of Garagiste, one of the quirkiest, least-known retail treasures in the wine world. Least-known, that is, unless you are one of the 127,000 or so people who receive daily e-mails offering a trove of unusual bottles, described in beguiling detail by Jon Rimmerman, Garagiste’s founder and owner and guru of the wine disenfranchised.
Those e-mails beckon with obscure Bordeaux like Le Défi de Lamery, which, Mr. Rimmerman said, recalls Bordeaux before it became a corporate product; singular Sardinian wines from visionary producers like Dettori; and even new-school Washington State cabernets that may not exemplify Mr. Rimmerman’s decidedly Old World tastes but are fine values and good examples of the Washington style.
It may sound like any other independent wine shop, but more than 99 percent of Garagiste’s business comes through Internet orders, Mr. Rimmerman says, and more than 70 percent of its sales are shipped directly to buyers in other states.