Pushed for time? Have help sourcing your wines
23 November 2015
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Brad Brown: Welcome back onto another edition of Old Mutual Live, great things start here, great things start now. Joining us on this edition of Old Mutual Live, a returning guest and a great pleasure to welcome back on Kirstin Ulbrich. Kirstin, welcome onto the podcast, thanks for chatting to us again today.
Kirstin Ulbrich: Hello Brad, lovely to be here again.
BB: Kirstin, the last time we spoke we spoke about Savvy Sisters, it’s a ladies only wine club that you operate in and around Gauteng, you do take it out. If people want to find out more about that, I’ll pop the links into the show notes.
But I wanted to chat to you about something else that you do that I find fascinating and it’s called Meridian Private Access and you basically source wines for anyone and everyone, but I think it’s a fantastic service for people who love great wines and are very, very busy.
Helping source wine for you
KU: Exactly, so Meridian Private Access provides a personalised wine service to our clients. People who love great wine and who don’t have time to go out there and kind of look what’s on the shelves at Pick ‘n Pay or any place like that. People come to us and they say, oh, I really need a Sauvignon Blanc and a case of Bubbles for the dinner party I’m hosting on Friday and we source them for them and deliver them straight to their door.
BB: Is the process that simple? Talk us through the process. Maybe it’s exactly that, with Christmas coming up, I’m planning a family get together ahead of everyone going away, I want some decent wine, do I just pick up the phone or head onto the website, how does it work and what’s the process?
KU: Correct, so you can either phone me directly and you can say to me, this is what we’re having for Christmas dinner, what would you suggest we serve with it. The other way to do it is to send an email and we will send you the catalogues of wines that we have available, that’s particularly nice for people who have kind of an idea of what they like.
They can have a look at the pricing that we offer, the wines that we offer and they can choose from there. We also run monthly specials, so people who have asked to be added to our database are sent specials that hopefully interest them and then they can purchase wine directly, by clicking the link in the email.
BB: I’m such a big one for convenience, I absolutely love that. As far as the spectrum of wines, do you do all the mainstream stuff, but if someone is looking for something a bit more obscure, maybe a small family-owned estate, are you able to pretty much get anything and everything?
A wide range of different and enticing wines
KU: We have 40 wine estates in our portfolio and those are the wines that we offer and these are really, well not really high end, but these are high end wine estates and they really, their wines are fantastic quality. They are also well known, so they’re not the little guys that you might never have heard of.
These are guys who know what they’re doing and we really are proud to be able to offer the wines that they produce and have made. The fact that they are family owned estates, just kind of gives the whole thing a warm and fuzzy feeling to go with it.
BB: I love the idea and as far as pricing goes, you talk about the top end and high end, are we looking at pretty reasonable prices for those wines?
KU: We’ve got a whole spectrum of things that people can look for. If they’re looking for a reasonable wine, we can certainly do things at around R50-R80 a bottle and then if you’re looking for some French champagne, we can also do that. It really does cater to everyone who is looking for some wine.
How to get hold of us
BB: Kirstin, I think it’s brilliant. If people want to find out more about it and make use of Meridian Private Access, how can they get in touch with you, where can they find out more?
KU: So they can phone me directly, my number is 079 884 4724 or they can send me an email and I’m sure you’ll add that as a link as well. It’s Kirstin.firstname.lastname@example.org.
BB: As easy and as simple as that and that’s pretty much as simple as the process is to get the wine delivered to your door and you deliver across the country, it doesn’t matter where you are, you can get the wines to us?
KU: Yeah, so we have representatives in Johannesburg and Cape Town and obviously anywhere in between, we can make sure that the wines get to you too. Just so that your guys know, part of our portfolio is also Craft beer, so anybody looking for some Craft beer for Christmas, this is the place to come.
BB: Fantastic, Kirstin, thank you so much for your time once again, much appreciated, always great to catch up here on Old Mutual Live and all the best for the rest of 2015.
KU: Thank you very much Brad.