“Q: There’s a lot of Nineties nostalgia going around - with Pearl Jam’s anniversary, are you feeling it yourself?
A: I feel like we have to keep our eyes on the road. Being nostalgic is like taking an offramp to get a sandwich - and then you get back on the highway. I don’t want to be spending the rest of my life at the gas station.”—
Janine Lettieri, International Procurement Specialist
Wine on Tap
Wine service at restaurants changes more than you might think, not only from the styles of wine offered, but the way it is offered. Many of these trends occur nationally, with the first flickers often starting in New York…
I get asked this a lot (no pun intended), so here’s the official answer:
Wine is often produced and auctioned in batches, or Lots, and auctions are sold in Lots. Why 18? Well, 18 is a significant number in many cultures - it’s a homonym for “lucky purchase” in Cantonese and the number represents “life” in Hebrew and other Middle Eastern cultures.
Most importantly, Lot18 is about curation and the excitement of buying something great at a great price. Curation means procuring the best offers and giving them a unique spotlight, and the excitement is reminiscent of shopping at auction.
A good friend recently asked me: “How do you pick your wines?”
I realized we need to do a better job of telling you about what we do behind the scenes at Lot18.
It all begins with our team of vagabonding wine specialists. They dispatch to places like Sonoma, Walla Walla, Bordeaux, and Paso Robles, on a relentless search for the world’s best wine. They scour tasting rooms, spelunk in wine cellars, and saddle up to small-town bars on their quest to uncover best-kept secrets in wine making and drinking.
It helps that our wine specialists are veritable rockstars on the wine scene. Two have made it to the final stage of the Master Sommelier exams and three have made it equally far in pursuit of becoming Masters of Wine — of which there are only 27 in the US. We poached sommeliers who once served at the French Laundry and Le Bernadin.
Our deep experience in the wine industry –- more than 130 years combined — means we have traveled the backroads to the world’s top wineries, and that over years of sipping together, their winemakers have become our good friends.
Each year, on our hunt to discover the best wines on the planet, we taste at least 50,000 wines from hundreds of grape types and regions. Hard work, I know.
As we taste all that wine, we build up a vast repository of knowledge on the best wine values. We know what a $40 Napa Cab should taste like, and we know how to get it to you for a great price. Out of every ten wines we taste, maybe only one will make the Lot18 cut.
As wine explorers, we pride ourselves on being wine adventure guides, too: We want to take away any fear or intimidation that comes with trying the world’s finest wines by giving you great values. Our goal is to clear the roadblocks that stand between you and your own wine explorations.
Each journey to find a great wine for the Lot18 collection ends with a sense of gratitude to the amazing winemakers who hosted our adventures and with a feeling of elation for having found a wine for the offering. And, as with any great discovery, we can’t wait for what happens next: We get to tell our friends, the members of Lot18, what we’ve found.
Lot18 is revolutionizing the wine e-commerce experience. We’re an agile venture backed technology startup in New York City. Our company is a great place for smart, hard working people who want to make a difference and help change the wine world.
We are looking for well-rounded software engineers…
“You think the president’s afraid that if he admitted complicity in Shareef’s death he would lose votes in this country? To sweep all fifty states, the president would only need to do two things: blow the Sultan’s brains out in Times Square, then walk across the street to Nathan’s and buy a hot dog.”—