Calais Wine Store opens tasting room

18 June, 2015

Calais Wine Superstore has opened a new tasting room offering booze cruisers the chance to sample 150 different wines.

The tasting room is open all day, ever day, and features 64 wines in temperature-controlled machines, with the rest in six fully-stocked fridges.

Wines available to taste include best sellers and the extensive range of £2 wines, staff and customer favourites, well known brands and some more unusual, premium wines.

WSET-trained staff will be around to help shoppers with any advice.

Owner Simon Delannoy said: “We wanted to create a relaxed atmosphere where customers can taste at leisure or ask any questions, we are aiming to break down any reservations that people might have about buying a wine they have never tried before in large quantities. 

“We can use this fantastic facility to run tastings for bride and grooms to help them choose the best wine for their wedding, or indeed anyone who is organising a large event.”

Delannoy added that shoppers will no longer need to place a pre-order to take advantage of the free travel offers. “All we need is a credit card number and a commitment to spend a minimum amount, £250 for a free ferry crossing and £300 for a Free Tunnel, and we will book and pay for the crossing,” he said.

“With the Pound so strong against the Euro, and duty rates on wine at an all time high in the UK there has never been a better time to visit Calais. It has become a shopping destination.

“We aim to make shopping with us as easy and hassle free as possible, as well as providing an enjoyable, relaxed experience and a great a day out.” 




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