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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Rosé tinted glasses

I was asked recently what I thought the biggest change had been in wine fashion in the past five years. My answer was unequivocal: sales of pink wines. From being a niche that expanded and contracted with the sunshine, rosé has subtly but steadily become a stalwart of many merchants’ ranges, with Provence firmly at the top and asked for by name.

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