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November 8, 2012

In N.J., Grey Goose vodka supply drying up post-Sandy

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TRENTON, N.J. —

At the Wine Seller in Ridgewood, owner Don Carter, 56, said he was out of regular Grey Goose and had "a few cases" of Svedka, another Fedway exclusive.

"I'm dancing as fast as I can, and the shelves are getting pretty bare," he said by telephone.

"We never lost power, and we did twice as much business as we ordinarily do," after the storm hit Oct. 29, Carter said. His regular customers, as well as new ones from towns where electricity was down, told him about candlelight dinners at home that led them to seek his specialty, fine wine.

The supply disruption comes at what Carter called his busiest time of year, "when you've done all your work, done all your tastings notes" and prepared to stock for the holidays. Now, he said, he'll have to regroup and adjust his stock based on what's available elsewhere.

Carter e-mailed his customers saying that it "may take time" to restock and included a list of what may be in short supply. Among the brands listed were Cristal, Graham's Port and Zaccagnini, which he described as "the wines with the stick."

Also on the list were Captain Morgan rums, Laphroaig whiskey and Blanton's Bourbon.

"We have plenty of Veuve Clicquot," Carter said. "You can put that in."

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