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General Posted by winepro on 02/14/2007 at 10:04 PST in General
Last Reader Comment on 02/13/2010 at 12:04 PST

I was an employee for Montesquieu for a couple of years, and I could tell you stories that would make your head explode!

( 15 Reader Comments 15 New Comments )

  grigiogirl6634 02/14/2007 at 18:31 PST [Reply]

Please do tell, I know someone who just started. I would love to fill them in, Any info would help.


  sahara 05/11/2007 at 22:32 PST [Reply]

hello grigiogirl. Would you please tell me if a person you know have a good things to say about working for Montesquieu. I suppose to start to work for them Monday, and i will really apreciate your help. Thank you

  heathcliff 03/16/2007 at 14:18 PST [Reply]

I am very interested the stories you might have. My head is waiting to explode. Please do tell...

  wino1980 04/02/2007 at 22:39 PST [Reply]

I have recently been approached by them for a job and was consdiering it, is there anything I should know?

  heathcliff 04/12/2007 at 00:34 PST [Reply]

Yeah. They keep deleting posts on several other blogs on this site. If they delete another post of mine I am going to go to the authorities and complain about their practices. I am not scared of them. They are barking up the wrong tree if they think they can bully me....


P.S. Don't work for them. Look at what they have done...

  dcwine 04/12/2007 at 19:57 PST [Reply]

I'm actually supposed to start working for them on Monday. Although the office and people were extremely nice and convincing, something didn't seem quite right so I started doing a little research and came across all of this. However, even after reading all of the negative posts I am thinking of giving them the benefit of the doubt and at least seeing what it's like for a day. Would anyone who has any experience with them suggest otherwise? Can it hurt to try them out, or are they as bad to their employees as they are to their customers? Please advise over the weekend before it's too late. Thanks!

  heathcliff 04/12/2007 at 23:47 PST [Reply]

They were extremely nice and convincing to me as well... Until I realized they had lied. They told me specifically that they were only brokers when in fact they bottle their own wine. They led me on a wild goose chase. Now their lawyer, John Hinman has been having peoples posts removed. That is what they do in China...keep people from talking. If he removes one more of my posts I am going to hire a lawyer...

If you care about the integrity of your employer then don't work for them.

  oscarwildes 05/01/2007 at 16:56 PST [Reply]

I worked there for one week. They hired five people, trained us for two days and then threw us onto the phone. We cold called people for 8 hours a day. These people had no idea who they were or how their number was obtained by Montesquieu. It was our job to 'follow the script' and bully the person into buying a couple of cases of wine. After three days of being on the phone, only one of the newly hired 'brokers' had a single sale. Myself, along with the other three, were fired. They are horrible to the employees as well as the customers. I would've left there as soon as I had a new job, no doubt about that. Also, to clear things up, they are the bottler. Not a broker. All of the bottles are identical in color, shape and cork. None of the vineyards they sell from actually exist.

  sahara 05/11/2007 at 10:23 PST [Reply]

Hello there, i am shoked reading about all this. I was offered a job from Montesquieu, and supposed to start on Monday. Now i am so happy that i read about them. Is anybody out there have a good experience with them? Please, tell me more about them. They promise i can make up to $86.000 a year. Is it true?

  tasteof 08/07/2007 at 09:08 PST [Reply]

I have a couple of links that may be of use. The first is a wine tasting company:

and the second is an online wine course, completely free:


  stevo 11/09/2007 at 09:06 PST [Reply]

I posted this under the Montesquieu Subject but became concerned after reading the suspicions of some that posts were being deleted, so I am adding it here.

Just to add a final comment. I sent a comment about my positive and not so positive experiences at Montesquieu. In particular I had bought a case of Adonis Cab that tasted like paste (don't ask how I know what paste tastes like, but I am sure many of you tried it in first grade). I returned the remaining bottles with promises of a refund. Six months later and nothing. And my broker keeps calling. I left him a message telling him we needn't talk unless it is about resolving the issue of the plonk I was sold.

At any rate, my assessment is that it is a legitimate business with very poor customer service. When you have your credit card out, your their best friend, and when there is a problem, they disappear. I am done with them, and I was a reasonably loyal customer.


  dgris 08/26/2009 at 17:38 PST [Reply]

I know that this is a couple of years out of date, but it may be of help to other wine enthusiasts. I was always wondering about the cost comparison with other wines and could never find them listed any where else. Some seemed resonably prices and others not so, quality was good to poor also. They always appeared to be the direct importer, sort of what they said. The sales pitch was very strong and I decided to pursue other buying options and have been able to purchase wine just as good at 1/3 to 1/4 the cost. I found this and another site with comments that confirmed my suspicions about their sales practices. I also knew more about the wine than they seemed to, I do not need the BS. My ex sales "broker" Gay still calls as my "best friend", obviously they have their customers/"marks" profiled into the data base. From now on I shall just hang up like for any nusiance sales call and not feel bad but relieved.

  kingfish 12/04/2007 at 09:37 PST [Reply]

  troy 02/25/2008 at 19:05 PST [Reply]

I saw their ad for "brokers" on a job board and applied. I started researching a bit about the company and found this. Don't think I'll reply to their invite to talk about a job there. Thanks for the buzz!

  pinotfemme 02/13/2010 at 12:04 PST [Reply]

Wow, I just started there and I'm glad to see I'm not alone in my suspicions!
I'm a little older than the other " brokers" they've hired, so I remained skeptical throughout my training. The leads provided are PURCHASED-some as old as 2 or 3 years.
I'm going to hang in there, because I need the job for now. I am incredibly disappointed, though. As a genuine wine enthusiast with a discerning palate, I believed this was a legit dream job for me. As my suspicions grew, I started Googling about, searching for peeps like myself.....and here I am!

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