Who actually drinks fine wine?

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Richard considers who, if anyone, actually drinks fine wine – in Asia or anywhere.

Ultimately, there are only a handful of names that consume the world’s finest wines: Armitage Shanks, Thomas Crapper, Grohe and Swiss Madison are some of the best known. For it is only at this stage that the wine has truly been consumed – not sold, saved and cellared, but de-corked, drunk and digested.

In this recent thread on our Members’ forum, Nicholas Donovan asks, ‘Do you think people actually drink [fine] wines any more? I get that they are bought. But are they opened? […] Or...