Wine sale time in Britain

- with apologies to the many of you outside Britain.

Wine merchants' sale lists have replaced Christmas cards in my postbag.

Some of the most striking bargains are from Marks & Spencer, not an outfit normally associated with rock bottom prices. And one of the best buys is even organic. I was quite struck by Organic Ch du Parc 2001 even when it was offered at £4.99 but reduced to £3.49, as it is from 2 January until 2 February, it's a positive steal. This red Coteaux du Languedoc from near the medieval town of Pezenas has been well...