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19 Mar - Hooray!  This campaign has succeeded in scrapping the duty escalator, as just announced by George Osborne in his Budget statement today. Have you noticed the quality of...

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Yesterday the baby-faced George Osborne who, as the grandly titled Chancellor of the Exchequer, is in charge of our country’s finances, presented his annual Budget. As soon as he announced there...

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Below is a rich and, I hope, useful collection of tasting notes on wines in unusually wide commercial distribution, all taken at the first big tasting organised by relatively new UK online wine...

This is peak time for burgundy offers in the UK with thousands of 2009s, many of them spread between several different merchants. The following is a list of those merchants we know of who are...

The UK Wine and Spirit Trade Association probaly had this press release ready weeks ago in anticipation of yet another rise in duties on alcohol in our beleaguered country. 'The WSTA condemns...

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English and Welsh wine is not a joke, although the average Briton may treat it as such. In fact the British are the only nation to assume automatically, and usually ignorantly, that their own...

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Much is being made today of the fact that sales of wine at over £10 a bottle at Tesco, Britain's leading supermarket group, have risen by 74% over the last year. The Daily Mail adds two...

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Master of Wine Simon Thorpe sported a beatific beam at last week’s Wines of South Africa tasting in London’s old Billingsgate fish market. For the first time in eight years he was able to roam...

Helen Jolliffe, London: Congratulations on this civilised and informative web site. Can you recommend a good company which delivers wine to your home? I have used The Wine Society but would...

Iain Storey, London: I agree with you wholeheartedly...

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Iain Liston-Brown, UK: Re wine of this week , your M&S...

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I heard a rumour that the proposed bill that would restrict distribution of wines and spirits within California to a single distributor (see [link]) had definitely been abandoned. I asked Mannie...

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Certain tastings have a Pavlovian effect on the wine lover, and none is more salivatory than that of London wine merchant Lea & Sandeman. Time and again, they have one of the finest...

Today’s Throwback Thursday article is a historic throwback: Alex’s comments, published on Purple Pages yesterday, on a trove of 50-year-old photographs of the wine world as it was then. In...

The 46 wines below were chosen by the highly regarded British wine-buying co-operative organisation to show to us wine hacks earlier this month. I had the impression that there were more wines...

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