Are You Getting The Full Pull From Your Wines?

Posted on: October 28th, 2013 by

corkI’ve always been intrigued by the business model of purchasing a wine via nothing but a compelling text-only email that prompts to you open your wallet. Are you on any mailing lists like this? The most famous would be Garagiste, located here in Seattle. Another online wine business (going four-plus years strong) also with a Seattle HQ? Full Pull Wines.

I got the chance to speak with Owner Paul Zitarelli about what it’s like to start a business like that (possibly scary?), how he chooses wines (thoughtfully), what it takes to convince people to branch out (powers of persuasion), and more on my Wine Without Worry podcast.

And in a public service announcement, I have finally created a Facebook page to act as a home to all my blogging, podcasting, short musings, and bonus photos. I would love a “Like” from you. Here’s a link:

Jameson Fink: Wine Without Worry Facebook Page

village dans la vallée de LA TINEE

Now back to the program preview. Hey, would you look at this village? Guess what happened while Paul was hiking above the charming town of St. Etienne de Tinee in the French Alps? He, in consult with and supported by his wife (smart man), made the decision to go forth with Full Pull Wines. In these “sylvan glades” (thanks, HOGSALT), a momentous, life-changing event took place. I wish I was in some sylvan glades when I had to make a big decision. Rather than scrawling the pluses and minuses of an opportunity on a bar napkin in some dive. (Dear dive bars: I kid. Love ya.)

It is a lovely afternoon at Bottlehouse.I’d also like to thank the good folks at Bottlehouse in Seattle for hosting this episode’s taping. If you haven’t been there, it’s jam-packed with genuine charm. And you’ll find me there Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. During our conversation, Paul enjoyed a most excellent, bone-dry Spanish Cava. And I had a white wine from Southwest France that is in my Wine Hall of Fame, ruling the  under $15 category/wing of the building. (My wine HOF is a big place.) I love it. Proof. (Full name of the Cava: 2008 Juvé y Camps Reserva de la Familia. My HOF white: 2012 Domaine des Cassagnoles Gros Manseng.)

So what else did we talk about? Behold:

  • GnomeThe first wine he offered on October 5th, 2009. (Hint: involves gnomes.)
  • Which wine grapes sound sexy.
  • Paul’s foray from exclusively Washington wine offers to branching out into Oregon wine, and, ultimately, settting a course that included European wines.
  • Planting your wine freak flag, flying it high.
  • How Full Pull got its name. (Surprisingly, did not involve a cork.)
  • An overabundance of Halloween candy.
  • The J. Peterman catalog.
  • My inability to say “prognosticate” after drinking a half glass of wine.

And on that note, listen up:

Wine Without Worry Episode 22 on iTunes: Are You Getting the Full Pull From Your Wines? A Conversation with Paul Zitarelli

Cork photo via David Vespoli. Sylvan glades thanks to CHRIS230***. Tiny gnome? Appreciate it, Rose Davies.

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2 Responses

  1. Hazel Singer says:

    Very nice piece about Full Pull…and thanks to Full Pull for alerting me to your great blog. We’ve been buying wines form Paul pretty much since FP’s inception and from Garagiste. We have learned so much about wines from places we have never heard of.

    • Jameson says:

      Hazel,

      Grateful to Paul for sitting down with me to chat about wine. It was a fun conversation, and I’m so glad it led to you finding the blog.

      Cheers,

      Jameson

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