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Letter from the Editor February 2022, Volume 2


David Lynch, Editorial Director at SommSelect

We prefer to focus on the romance of wine, the history of wine, the enjoyment of wine…but let’s face it, the price of wine is the topic on everyone’s mind these days. Nevertheless, let’s be clear: The price increases are not coming from the producer side. They’re coming from those who are enlisted to transport wine from Point A to Point B. Ocean freight shippers, as you’ll see in Where's My Wine? below, recorded record profits in 2021, thanks to major price increases across the board.

The importers and distributors we work with have been downright heroic in trying to hold the line on their wholesale pricing to us, but the dam has broken: Wine shipping costs have effectively doubled for most American importers. So yes, there’s no way that can’t flow through to us.

Which is all to say: Value-for-dollar is more important than ever. The first (and second, and third) consideration when we select a wine to feature on SommSelect is whether the wine over-delivers at its price point. We have plenty of “comps” for making such assessments. There’s no reason to panic: Not only is there NOT a wine shortage, there’s plenty of affordable deliciousness out there for us.

Stay Tuned!

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