Matt & I were sitting at a wedding in Lima Peru where the my wife’s middle sister now lives (Matt married the eldest, I married the youngest daughter). We were both complaining and bemoaning the state of our work. We decided we would do something fun and settled onto wine and our online wine club. Somewhat amazingly, our wives both gave us the enthusiastic go-ahead for this new business. We all figured that if things didn’t work out, at least we could drink the wine we couldn’t sell.
Looking back to when we opened, neither of us had ever sold anything online, nor had we ever sold a bottle of wine before. What could possibly go wrong?
Through the years, the setup of the business has changed. Matt has left to pursue his passion of human resources in pre-ipo, rapidly expanding biotechs. I know what you’re all picturing a big throw down at Christmas or Thanksgiving. It wasn’t like that and it won’t ever be. One thing Matt and I often talked about, if things didn’t go as planned, how we’d end the partnership so we’d still be involved uncles with the kids and good brother in laws etc. We’re friends, I love spending time in his backyard and with his kids, even if I don’t stand a chance of ever beating him at poker.
These days, you’re as likely to hear one of my two boys playing in the background if you call early in the morning as you are a stuffy 3rd party voicemail service. You’ll also notice that I still feel like Uncorked Ventures, is in many ways, a startup. Selling wine online still poses a number of challenges, but I hope through sharing real information about wine, wine regions on America’s west coast and the people making what’s in your glass, that my family business can earn some of your ongoing wine purchases.
Feel free to say hello on Twitter(fair warning, this won’t be all about wine, that’d be boring…you’ll find me talking politics, sports, parenting and anything else that comes to mind) or via email (or even on the phone). I’m happy to chat.