If you're looking for the previous post in this space, I removed it. While there's another post in the future (on the more general topic of where Whole Foods stands in relation to wine) my original structure and words terribly muddied my message, so much so that people I thought I had praised, viewed themselves as bashed. Not pretty. Nothing could have been further from my truth. I don't mind when my blog gets me in trouble because of something I believe in, but it's another matter entirely when I get into hot water unintentionally. And and so with the benefit of a few days and enriched clarity, here is the post as it should have been written.
I was thrilled that the Texas Wine & Food foundation brought me down and that Devon Broglie and his staff at the wine department of Whole Foods said, "We'll take her!"
Having a backer like Whole Foods has always been a dream for me. There were a fair number of visitors. Conversations were intense. The public was open and curious. In the middle of the tasting, Devon and I shared a few sips (Pinon Vouvray, Silex 2009, Coquelet 2010) where he he fessed up, "I'm on the twenty- year plan here."
He knows that change happens at a slower pace than certain impatient red heads would like. But still without the twenty-year plan, what they have right now in Austin is already commendable. People cramming their wine bar at 1pm on a Sunday afternoon. All over the wine department, shoppers were drinking and sampling wines at different stations. Those who came over to the Naked Wine stand almost always left with a bottle of wine (Wine of the day, hands down; $23 for the Montesecondo Chianti Classico 2007.). However, my moles nationwide, from other Whole Foods have told me that they fear Whole Foods when it comes to wine is headed to more industrial instead of natural, and if this is true, I beseech the company to utilize their talent within their ranks, such as Melanie Mann in New York and Devon in Austin. Whole Foods should become a leader here, and maybe with the proper coaxing, we'll see it to fruition.
And there you have it. The Texans have a lot to teach this little old Northerner, and I hope they'll find I'm a willing and eager student. So, to Devon from Whole Foods and Marshall Jones at the Foundation here's a big hug your way, with deep gratitude.--Alice