Wine Club Newsletter - August 2021
What Things Cost in the Year 2000
And . . .
Today’s Prices for Some of Our Club Members
By Gary Parker
I want to thank you and the hundreds of people that enjoy one or more of our monthly wine clubs. The staff and I have really enjoyed seeking out the finest and presenting them to you.
Do you know we still have charter members who joined us in 1997 or shortly thereafter? WOW! That’s twenty-four years of wines from all over the world, tasting notes, recipes, and the WOW Newsletter. Thank you very much!
So . . . back in year 2000, the monthly tab for The WineSellar Club was $35.00.
Also in 2000, Gasoline was $1.26 a gallon. Filet Mignon was $7.67 per pound. Average income $40,343 per household. Minimum wage $5.15 per hour. Average selling price for new house was $134,150.
The 2000 Chateau Mouton Rothschild sold for $175 on futures. (Todays 2020 vintage price is $627 a bottle).
The West Wing and Sex and the City were TV hits. Tiger Woods became the youngest player to win all for major golf tournaments. Mission Impossible II at the box office was second most attended movie of 2000. (How the Grinch Stole Christmas was number 1).
Since 1997, I have written 1,584 tasting notes on wines, and supplied nearly 300 recipes along with the same amount of WOW newsletters. I still enjoy the research process of finding special wines for us, and then describing them to you in a tutorial, and hopefully, entertaining fashion.
For you members of The WineSellar Club and The Two-Rouge Club, you may not be keen on the savings you enjoy from our selections every month. For example, the retail value of our August selections for the WineSellar Club is $107.00!!! For the Two Rouge, $71.00!!!
I went back and figured out how much you all are saving on from the retail prices, and I was amazed and proud. The Winesellar Club has paid just 62% of the suggested retail price (a savings of $255 a year), and the Two-Rouge Club has paid 67% of the suggested retail price (a savings of $300).
The Gary Parker Collection members have saved 20% on their hard/impossible to find special selections over the last year as well!
As great as these numbers all look, we have found it increasing difficult to bring the same level of quality to you each month at the prices we have offered you over the last twenty plus years. So we think we can continue to bring you our usual fabulous selections to members of The WineSellar Club with a five dollar increase every month, taking the base price to forty dollars a month.
For the Two-Rouge Club, we will be implementing a range of fifty to sixty dollars a month. It will most likely be fifty dollars for the majority of the months. We just want to have the flexibility to send something special your way when it presents itself to us at a bit higher cost.
The Gary Parker Collection members will not see any price increase, and can expect the same price and quality levels you have enjoyed over the last years.
We will be still offering a free tasting of ALL the monthly wine club wines on the second Wednesday of each month. We have a ball pouring them for you, hearing your comments as well as fielding any questions you may have about the wines.
Our club members will also still enjoy 10% discount on wines in the wine shop (except for highly allocated wines) to further the value we like to give to each one of our members.
And, of course, you will still be enjoying discounts at special wine tasting we have every month, as well as discounted prices to our winemaker dinners held one to two times a month.
Once again, my staff and I want to thank you for making this all possible. We absolutely love serving you now, and hopefully for many years to come.
With Best Wishes . . .