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Go West, Young Winery, Go West!

Posted on February 21, 2014 at 10:55 PM

It's always lovely for a small business when "they call us", not the other way around.  So we were delighted when a liquor store called to see if they could stock our wines, and the same week we were contacted by a distributor in southwest Montana because people out there in the mountains have been asking for Tongue River wine!

Monday I drive to Bozeman with 28 cases of wine to deliver to a distributor, which will be doled out to only about 4-6 of the 100-plus retail stores they supply.  Why so few?  Well, we're a small winery, and we want to make sure our loyal eastern Montana customers always have the first and best choice.  We're glad to expand our market base, but "the other Montana", the one without Mountains, the part sometimes disdainfully referred to as "Western Dakota"— namely this far eastern third of the state— has been the Montana that supported the start of our business, gave us our first markets and has encouraged us along so faithfully.

It will probably always remain that our most unusual or small-lot wines will only be sold at the Winery or a few local specialty shops.  OR, to customers who have us ship them from the winery:  wines like Haskap and White Raspberry for example.  But it's time for our bigger batches to stretch their wings and fly beyond Billings to demonstrate to the mountain people just how fine the flatlander wines can be!

Sip and Shop is coming up soon in early March!  Take note that we'll be closed for about a month in Mid-March to mid-April, so stock up before or after we re-open.

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