Vicki Gunvalson is taking to her Bravo Blog to discuss her fight with Tamra Barney over their business Wines By Wives. Vicki says she had already picked out her wines for the next six months and there was no need for her to go on the trip. She explains she went to support Tamra, and when Tamra called her a bitch and started asking about Vicki’s Vodka, Vicki knew Tamra was just trying to pick a fight.
Vicki writes, “Since I had already picked out my wines for the next six months, I had a lack of interest in even being there as my job had already been done. I wanted to go and support Tamra choosing her wines, but truthfully I think she was more into drinking the wines than she was really picking out a wine of the month for our club.
When Tamra asked me if that weekend I was free to go to Malibu on a wine tasting trip, I told her I would just be flying in from Atlanta. I said the girls would have to pick me up at LAX and that I had a commitment on Sunday night with my staff at a dinner/play. She knew perfectly well a month prior to even going that I had a commitment, and truthfully I was one-and-a-half hours late to it due to my fear of “leaving too early.” When she came out after me and called me “bitch”. . .I was like “REALLY!?! You’re going to go there now and act this way in front of all these people?” It was so embarrassing for me as it wasn’t necessary for her to get upset. My wines had already been chosen, and her and Eddie were and smoochy woochy with Gretchen and Slade, which meant there was no reason for me to be there anymore anyways. Work was done — and they were just playing and drinking together when I decided to leave.
When Tamra referenced the difference between Vicki’s Vodka (that we will be launching soon) and Wines by Wives and how I was more involved in my vodka –- that was just ridiculous. Tamra knows very well that I am involved in WBW as much as she is. When she asked me about putting Wines by Wives in Vegas I knew she was just trying to cause a fight. One has nothing to do with the other. The WBW is a monthly club membership; it is not a retail wine, so how the heck could she think I can put it in casinos/restaurants like I could with my own vodka brand?It’s a joke how she tried to throw me under the bus without even knowing what she was saying. One is a wine membership and one is a consumable vodka brand. Geesh. It’s frustrating to always try and explain and pick up the pieces after she speaks.
I am a business woman, and business is business. I told Chris Gravagna (our partner in WBW) that I completely support and agree with the WBW brand and our mission, however I would be mostly behind the scenes managing and supporting our company. I did not become part owners of this company to have it take me away from my Coto Insurance company, nor from my vodka launch. He assured me that it wouldn’t and that I could do it all — which made me very happy and and the whole thing very doable.”
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