Tasting Table

21 January, 2011

Craggy Range Te Muna Road Vineyard Riesling 2010, Martinborough?Supplier: Louis Latour Agencies (15.49)?A fresh nose of white apple, peach, apricot, lemon and lime with crisp high acid and a palate of stone fruit and lime. CB??Giesen Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2010, Marlborough?Supplier: Ehrmanns (8.99 promoted to 6.99)?A typical expression of Marlborough Sauvignon, with stony, gooseberry notes, lemon and ripe stone fruit. The palate is fresh with grassy flavours alongside ripe nectarine, apricot and melon, and the finish is zingy with minerality. CB??Waipara Hills Southern Cross Selection Pinot Noir 2008, Central Otago?Supplier: Free Run Wines (12.99)?Rich, smoky wild fruits, ripe blackcurrant, raspberry and blueberry on the nose. Soft palate with ripe fruit, savoury spice and gently rounded tannins. CB

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Lifting the spirits

I were to sum up alcohol sales over Christmas 2017 in one word, it would be “gin”. At Nielsen, we define the Christmas period as the 12 weeks to December 30 and in that time gin sales were £199.4 million, which means they increased by £55.4 million compared with Christmas 2016. There’s no sign the bubble is about to burst either. Growth at Christmas 2016 was £22.4 million, so gin has increased its value growth nearly two-and-a-half times in a year. The spirit added more value to
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