Monday, April 11, 2005

On Being Bounty Hunted
One of the things I try to avoid is unwanted mail. But if you subscribe to hardcopy or online magazines or vendors lists you always seem to end up getting more than you bargained for. I knew that was the case when I received in the mail a brown covered booklet describing itself as “The Continuing Adventures of Napa Valley’s BOUNTY HUNTER And His Relentless Quest for the Finest RARE WINE & PROVISIONS”. I don’t really know why I deserved this particular catalog. I’ve never heard of the Bounty Hunter!

The brown booklet I received was the Spring/Summer 2005 Catalog and the cover cried out for you to “Discover your own cult wine”® inside. The catalog does contain a small but international listing of wines. The problem is that those that I would be interested in purchasing (mainly Australian) can be obtained elsewhere for quite a few dollars less per bottle.

  • Groom Barossa Shiraz 2003 $42.95 versus $34.99
  • D'Arenberg 'Dead Arm' Shiraz 2002 $64.95 versus $53.99
  • Cloudy Bay Chardonnay 2003 $29.95 versus $24.99
I can’t help but wonder if the Bounty Hunter shouldn’t be hunting better wine deals before hunting for buyers?

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