Northeasterners Stocked Up on Wine Before Superstorm Sandy

Wednesday, 07 Nov 2012 08:38 AM

By Peter Moses

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Water, batteries and flashlights were not then only thing New Yorkers hoarded in the days leading up to and after the destruction brought about by Hurricane Sandy. Booze was another handy product many thought about before their world went dark.

“We couldn’t get the wine on the shelves fast enough," said Robin Goldson-Forgo, inside her now mostly bare-shelved Lower East Side wine store, September Wines, reported. "We went through seven cases of our 'Staff Picks' in an hour. Then France went, and we did a brisk business in bourbon, vodka and sparkling wine. I guess people wanted to cheer themselves up.”

Sherry-Lehmann Wine & Spirits uptown shut down on Monday and Tuesday last week but luckily both its Park Avenue flagship and Brooklyn warehouse were untouched and they reopened for business Wednesday.

Editor's Note: Unthinkable Haunts Investors: Evidence for Imminent 90% Stock Market Drop.

“We were very fortunate,” CEO Chris Adams told the website. “Deliveries have been challenging, but we have kept our trucks rolling so far. The access to gas in New York and New Jersey is being managed, but we’ll have to see what next week holds.”

The renowned Red Hook Winery in Brooklyn, was almost completely destroyed by Sandy, according to The Red Hook Winery is on a pier and the storm carried debris five feet over the dock and crushed the doors to the shop and ruined hundreds of barrels filled with wine and almost all of the wine-making equipment.

“It’s all the wine we had,” head winemaker Christopher Nicolson told the website Nona Brooklyn, reported. “It takes a couple of years to make our wines — and this year’s fruit harvest is basically finished, so we won’t really even be able to start making wine again until next year’s harvest, a year from now. It’s just devastating.”

In Rye, a wealthy suburban enclave north of Manhattan, Wine at Five owner Cai Palmer was struggling to sell his wines without electricity since the power went out Monday. In an e-blast to customers Palmer, a former bigwig at Lehman Brothers before the stock market crash, explained his circumstances and made a pitch for more business.

“Feel free to drop in — Bruno and I have been enjoying a huge selection of wines this last week so chances are there will be something open,” he wrote. “Many of you I am sure have probably run out of wine, and if you haven't yet, bless you but drink faster, and as an incentive to restock, the case discount is now only on six bottles and we'll increase it to 15 percent whilst we have no power.”

Editor's Note: Unthinkable Haunts Investors: Evidence for Imminent 90% Stock Market Drop.

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