A whole new world: today’s major players

21 January, 2011

Bargain Booze?Number of shops: 640?Openings 2008-2010: 100+?Plans for 2011 openings: Yes?Concept: Value-focused specialist off-licence??Majestic?Number of shops: 160 (plus three in northern France)?Openings in 2010: 12?Plans for 2011 openings: At least 12?Concept: Out-of-town bulk sales wine specialist with a strong focus on customer service??Oddbins?Number of shops: 132?Openings in 2010: Several?Plans for 2011 openings: 10+?Concept: Eclectic wine specialist??Rhythm & Booze Number of shops: 75?Openings in 2010: 3 (but two shops closed)?Plans for 2011 openings: 2 to 5?Concept: Competitive drinks specialist with a focus on beer, but has a growing wine offer??Nicolas?Number of shops: 46?Plans for 2011 openings: Possibly?Concept: French wine specialist in Greater London?Wine Rack?Number of shops: 23?Openings in 2010: 10?Plans for 2011 openings: 7?Concept: Niche drinks retailer??Brand Invest Group?Number of shops: 21?Plans for 2011-2012 openings: about 30?Concept: Winehouse is a wine-led drinks specialist; Cellar No 1 is a mainstream off-licence??Spirited Wines?Number of shops: 14?Plans for 2011 openings: At least one?Concept: High street wine specialist currently with a particular focus on France but expanding to a more international range??The Whisky Shop?Number of shops: 14?Plans for 2011 openings: 2?Concept: Whisky specialist??WineShak?Number of shops: 13?Plans for 2011 openings: 3?Concept: Drinks retailer with focus on local products and English wine??Laithwaites?Number of shops: 11?Plans for 2011 openings: 1 to 2?Concept: Wine specialist

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English wine: a happy harvest for Christmas

All across England and Wales, vineyards are being harvested. Down winding country lanes come armies of welly-wearing conscripts wielding secateurs and buckets, ready to reap the rewards of our vines. Happily they come, their cheeks ruddy with pride. Half an hour later they’re crawling over muddy clods with lacerated hands, drenched in claggy juice and cold sweat, as if ploughing through an endurance race.

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