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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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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