In this interview for Total Prestige Magazine, Warren chats with Drew Farmer about the history of Iron Gate Cellarage. From wine storage in Toronto, Canada, helping clients sell their wine collections, to the launch of US online vintage wine retailer IronGate.Wine. In this chat Warren explains;
- Why he chose to get into the wine industry,
- How he started and grew a small wine storage facility into the multi-vault business it is today including wine storage in New York State,
- Some of the incredible and rare vintage wine managed by Iron Gate including the 1979 Domaine de la Romanee-Conti La Tache,
- IronGate.Wine membership program and early access to purchasing rare wine,
- That his view of great wine is a matter of personal taste for each wine drinker,
- His advice for entrepreneurs looking to get into the wine business,
- That wine investment isn’t for everyone. That if you enjoy drinking wine it doesn’t mean you should invest in buying up limited vintages of wine,
- The lack of a secondary wine market in Canada. How that benefits collectors looking to sell their wine collection and US collectors looking to acquire vintage wine,
- His role in the company is to ensure IronGate.Wine has enough great wine for our clients who purchase rare wine,
- What in life makes him happy including his vintage vespa and his dog Molly that rides in the sidecar.
- How appreciative Warren is of Iron Gate Wine’s clients. Clients who trust Iron Gate to manage their collection, sell their wine, and trust their wine purchases on IronGate.Wine,
Below is a sample question from the interview.
What makes a great wine?
That’s a matter of personal taste. We all like something different and a palate will change over the years. Most enthusiasts we deal with move from simple, big fruit wines to subtle, more complex wines over the course of their life. It’s very similar to art. In general, though a great wine is a combination of terroir, climate, varietal and the winemaker, all blended together.