A second branch of independent wine merchant the Naked Grape

24 April, 2009

opened its doors to an expectant crowd on Easter Saturday. “Trade just keeps growing,” said manager Warren Giles (pictured). The new shop is in Four Marks, Alton – six miles away from the original store in Alresford. Naked Grape specialises in wines from small estates and growers, hand-chosen real ales, imported lagers and specialist spirits. “Being independent has huge upsides – we are 100% flexible, sourcing and selling products our customers ask for, plus tasting every wine before we buy it?,” Giles? said.

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I would like to think my outlook on things is generally optimistic. Perhaps that’s a natural consequence of working with something designed to give pleasure. But recently it has become increasingly difficult to ignore a creeping sense of negativity pervading the British wine trade.

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