Customers are always amazed when I tell them that all of the wines on the shelves at Meza are hand-picked by shop owner/wine buyer, Tatjana Brown. How is she able to do that?? Sounds like a fun but daunting task. One way she is able to do it is by attending portfolio shows put on by our distributors and that is just what she did today. (Staff members are pretty lucky because we get to go along and taste and learn as well!)
Most of the Meza family attended the Vanguard Wines 2016 Annual Portfolio Tasting where there were 82 tables of wines to taste. Most tables had a minimum of 2-3 wines and some had as many as 10 wines. Yep, that is a lot of wine! So how do we choose wines that we want to bring in and share with our customers?
Upon arrival we get a book with all of the wines listed by table. There is a description of the winery and all of the wines listed including prices. We typically try to taste new wines, ones that we don’t currently have on the shelf. If there are employees attending who haven’t tasted a certain wine that we do carry and then Tatjana encourages us to taste those wines so we are better able to describe and recommend them to you! We all take notes and compare them after the show with the wines that rise to the top making it onto the shelves. It is a great way to also find special wines for wine club, holiday tastings and other special occasions.
We tasted wines from all over the world including Spain, France, Italy, Argentina, California and Oregon. Do you want to do your own version of a portfolio tasting? Join one of Meza's four monthly wine club tiers.