New home for Red Zebra

12 December, 2008

Derby wine merchant Red Zebra has ended a brief period of homelessness by securing new premises in the city's Cathedral Quarter.

The wine retailer recently pulled out of Derby's Westfield Shopping Centre, having already closed its Guildhall premises, and had been hoping to move into its new shop before Christmas. In the meantime the business had kept going through its wholesaling interests.

The opening was celebrated with a candlelit port tasting in the cellar, which was so well supported that owner David Simmonds said he would have to restrict numbers at forthcoming tasting events.




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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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