Laithwaites big or small


Laithwaites say: 'We taste 40,000 bottles a year so that you can taste the best… just 800 make the grade.' Jancis and I have tasted 62 of those 800 and we've whittled it down even more.

Tam writes Whenever anyone writes about Laithwaites (part of the Direct Wines empire and profiled by Jancis in Britain's biggest wine company), the first thing mentioned is the size: global, £350 million turnover, more than a thousand employees, over 700,000 customers, 'the world's largest mail-order wine merchant'. But when Laithwaites talks about itself, it's a different story (read, for example, Tony Laithwaite's autobiography...