Dang! They just called again! They must not know I don't like wine...
Got a call from this number. I didn't recognize it, and as always with unfamiliar numbers, I didn't answer. I figure if it's important, they'll leave a message. Then, I can decide whether it is or isn't important. Saves me a lot of screwing around.
Received voice mail only of a woman singing.... saying she wanted a martini. Caller ID was W.G. Best Weink
Came in the caller ID as W.G Best... (couldn't read the rest) looked fishy so I sent them to my voicemail without picking up. Then I came here to check it out. Very, very happy I didn't bother.
Montesquieu wine scam
I am a WHAT??
The caller asked for the Chairman that does not come in to the office any more. I asked what this was regarding so that I could redirect the call...
So the caller proceeded to call me w***e, s**t and bi***. I calmly asked if he cared to explain why he was calling me those names...
He hung up!
What did I do wrong?? lol
Caller ID showed the telephone number: 714-258-8654.
I called the number and got the automated system for Montesquieu Wines.
Ha got a call from some chick - I could tell she was reading off a script - same as above I was doing bills so played along for 20 min then said I do not drink alcohol
Did you get paid for the training? W3C6
How pathetic. It was Brett from the Montesquieu wine, said hew as given our VPs name as a wine drinker. I sent it to voicemail for he'll never talk to a live person. How ridiculous!!!! Before a guy called for the president of my company. Talk about bogus and a nuisance. These people stoop to such a low level to get paid for such scams and then lose their humanity. Such a shame.
You nailed it.....
I quit just now and I feel so foolish for buying into their b***s***. Pissed, beyond.
lawsuit against Montesquieu
I am a San Diego attorney representing a former employee against Montesquieu for fraud and deceit. I would like to speak to anyone who has had any kind of problems with this company. My office number is 619-238-8015. David A. Miller, Esq.
(While your at work!!!)"Hi this Jenny calling from Montesquieu, can you hear me
okay? (YES) Your name was recently giving to me as someone who enjoys a great
glass of wine from time to time, what do you enjoy more reds or whites? (RED) Okay
sweet or dry? (DRY) Perfect! I knew we were going to be a match made in heaven.
Let me tell you what we do. Montesquieu specializes in small production wine from
vineyards all over the world. Because we deal directly with the vineyards, we have
access to their small boutique wines that the people I sell to, cant buy on their own."
This place is kind of funny. Got a job there thinking I was going to be a wine
representative. It turns out to be in this little hall jammed full of telemarketers.
They never really told me what I was going to be doing. I thought I would get
business cards and I would go work the field. They teach us about a couple of "wine
makers" and how they?re so close with them. They preach about how they would
travel and taste the wine before it was bottled, "...and it was delicious."
To be completely honest I feel everything they told me was b***s***. They even
teach us how to b***s*** and especially how to rebuttal. I spent most of my day
digging through secretaries and lying to them to get some possible "rich" lead on the
phone, "this is a personal call" we would say. A lot of the time the person has been
retired for five plus years. "Well who took Bobs spot"? Then I would call that person
back as if they were my original lead. There are actually two people on the phone
tag teaming up on you. Trying to make you say 'YES' as many times as they can.
They use a microphone condenser so you can't hear the other person yelling at
them to tell them what to say to you (rebuttals). Pretty much we targeted
(marketed) to people who have a lot of money and obviously like wine. What makes
it easy is that its alcohol. Everyone over pays no matter where you go. Montesquieu
just makes it even easier for you. We would sample the wines that we were selling at
the time, and that was awesome. But I've had just as good if not better wine for a
fraction of their price without the sipping and handling.
A man named "Jared" called our company. He asked over & over for someone at our company. I told him he was going to have to give me more information about who he was and what his call was in regard to before I transferred him. He didn't like that & hung up on me. He tried to tell me that someone referred him to the person in our company, but he wouldn't even give up who his "referral" was. I could hear the call center in the background.
I answer the phones in the office of a small nonprofit. Received a sales call, from a breezy salesman, first asking for one of our board of directors by first name, saying he was referred to them. A normal tactic for cold calls - I told him the person was not available. He then asked for a manager, which I am, so I took the call. He first asked if we do holiday gifting in our office, so I told him we do not. Then he asked me if I was "a person who enjoys a fine wine" or some such. I said no. Then he asked who in my office was a "big drinker." Oy. I do feel bad for people who have to take this sort of gig, but at the same time, I resent the annoying tactics. Hope they do not call back again but who knows.
Telemarketer selling wine
badgered and bruised
Listed as W.G. Best Weinkellerei Inc
Ste F, 8221 Arjons Drive, San Diego, CA 92126-6319
Should respect the Do Not Call list.
Me toooo I work for a company in downtown portland and they made me sooo mad trying to push their way in as though they were a " personal caller "! Egh! They make me so mad wasting our time!
We got a call from this company today too. The woman who called told my receptionist that she was a personal friend, but refused to give her name or leave a message. We got the number from caller ID.
It's funny how in each of your posts above, you all complain about diceptive practice yet finish off your comment with how you bullsh&@$ed the bullsh&@$er... Hypocracy at it's finest!
continues to call no message.
Had a similar experience, nycwinepro...would love to discuss with you!!
Received a call from Montesquieu. Called said I was referred to them. I asked "by whom" and he replied that "that wasn't important." He said that he understood that I enjoy fine wines. I told him that I didn't. He replied "are you saying that you have never drank wine?" I told him I was in AA. He said "well you must know somone who isn't sober, refer me to them." Impressive cold call.
Got a call looking for our CTO insisting he be given his Cell Phone number, was very demanding. But he got his email instead ...lol
OK, I have been in the wine biz for 6 years, trained here in NYC and UC Davis. I took a job at Montesquieu and was invariably disappointed with the products and sales methods; being that The wines are sold via 'cold call' in a carnival barker style. The training to work at Montesquieu is decidely NOT wine focused training. Instead, you are told to read the 'Secret', create a 'vision board of wealth' and sell based on targeting customers who exhibit an impulse buy mentality. The wines are not legit, they are created by purchased juice and unused lots and they put a large ticket price on the bottle. Once again, these are not small production-boutique wines from small family owned vineyards, but left over second-or more likely third label wines, with shiny labels trying to appeal to the nouveau riche. I resigned, as I am a wine pro, who cannot, in good conscious, sell a product that is fraudulent. Oh, one more thing. I was relatively successful, I made a sale a day,( you can expect to make a sale per 300 phone calls...and that's an amazing average as you are calling business people at their jobs and spend a majority of your time being hung up on by savvy ad-mins) but my wine sales were not because I was a trained wine pro, it was because I am very charismatic. I noticed that the second best so-called broker was a drug addict and knew nothing about wine at all....you are expected to drink all day, starting at 8:30am and for someone who loves fantastic wines, I had a hard time choking down a few of these subpar wines. The office managers were nice, if not disillusioned and they were not trained in wine at all, the office in New York is nice as well, but to reiterate, the wines are subpar and not sold by wine professionals. At the time of my departure, there were only 2 remaining 'brokers', one was the aforementioned drug addict....actually doing cocaine on the job, and another woman who knew her stuff and had vast food and wine experience but she popped Vicodin on a reguclar basis as she had a back injury from a car accident . The last I heard she ( the vicodin addict, not the coke-head) jumped ship based on the inethical products and sales methods. To sum up, this is a job for a person who is hard up as they pay you $500.00 a week for 6 months, you need not have any wine knowledge, and you don't have to pass a drug test, dress nicely or even have a professional demeanor.....If you are opportunistic and able to b***s*** on the phone you will do ok.....Expect to make no more than 20,000.00 yearly. After 6 months, you work 100 percent on commission. Soooo, you do the math. You only sell by the case. The average weekly sale is less than $3,000.00. So, there you go, if you have no other recourse, take a job at Montesquieu, but keep interviewing in the meantime.
nyc wine pro
This is a scammy wine telemarketing company.
Rcvd call for our CFO today, I asked if could tell her who was calling he said sure ...coughed ...cleared throat...hung up. However that gave me enough time to write down the name & number from caller ID. Next time they call I will be more prepared. Sure would hate to have their job! I like being on this end much better! Have a great day all!
Montesquieu Wines. Use extremely deceptive practices to be put through to their intended victim. With their scripted speech, abrupt rudeness, and circular "I'm not selling anything" shtick, it's difficult to see how they can be successful . . .
Same exact thing happens to me, I'm a receptionist for a large law firm in Downtown Portland Oregon. The caller asks for the person by first name and is rude, she says that she's a personal friend..The thing is is that she calls 20 times a day for several different people, I'm sure she's not a personal friend of 20+ people here. Why would we do business with someone like that? We won't! I will from now on put her calls into dead air.
I have now gotten two calls in two months even after I asked to be taken off the list the first time. They use the tactics described in all the complaints above to get through the front desk/secretary. The number they called me from was their L.A. Office at 310-216-3101. Evidently, the supervisor's name is "Dana Naab" which I bet is code for their receptionist to say, "She's on another line. Would you like to leave a message?"
P.S. This is the L.A. orifice for this San Diego headquartered company. Check 415-536-1670 for more complaints and descriptions of their sales tactics.
Please file a complaint with the San Diego Better Business Bureau. Also, google them, and you will find that they are deceptive and bordering on fraudulent.
Just got a call from Stacey w/Montesquieu asking for my husband by name - said she had spoke to him earlier and was returning his call (funny - she asked for him by his first name which only happens when someone really DOESN'T know him!) - I asked her what it was in reference to, and she said that she couldn't tell me. I told her that he will not take any calls from someone he has never heard from and since she couldn't explain her reason for calling, I said when she is able to tell me, then she can go ahead and call back. What's REALLY comical is that my husband doesn't drink and the only info on this company I can find is that it sells wine (previously, his poison of choice was Jack Daniels and he never thought that "wine would catch on."