Top Tip

09 March, 2007

Save precious oxygen and time by not wasting breath on attempting to convert customers who ask for Cloudy Bay to buying another NZ Sauvignon Blanc - they are not interested and you will never win them over. Am I a pessimist?

Richard Ballantyne, Ballantynes wine merchants, Cardiff

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