Wine gang plans 'empowerment'

19 September, 2008

Tim Atkin MW, Olly Smith, Anthony Rose, Joanna Simon and Tom Cannavan have joined forces to create thewinegang.com.

According to the five critics, the plan is to offer expert criticism about

wines released in the UK market.

"The UK has the best selection of the world's wines, which are shown by retailers in tastings restricted to the press and wine trade," they said. "Given the limited coverage wine receives in the media, The Wine Gang were frustrated because so much valuable information on fascinating wines never reached the consumer."

The group is promising "a comprehensive monthly report featuring at least 200 no-nonsense tasting notes".

It added: "Every wine is ranked on a 100-point scale, empowering wine lovers to buy smarter and drink better."




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