VOX SHOP

11 January, 2008

What is the biggest challenge you face this year?

" How to deal with the various price increases . There seem

to be rumours of significant increases in Pinot Grigio and Australian prices.

And we have to contend with what is going on in this country with duty. It's difficult to balance these price hikes, especially for an independent."

Chris Eastman

Reserve Wines, Manchester

"It's going to be ID-ing for fags. It can be difficult to guess someone's age so we ID everyone.

"

Sandy Dunn

Canape Wines

Bothwell, Glasgow

"It's online sales and general competition from the big boys. It all boils down to unfair competition . We're in the process of setting up a website but you have to compete with the supermarkets' sites and that is becoming a threat ."

Raj Bhambra

Bodyfuel Off-licence

Coventry

"We work from our own premises and we're in the process of moving house so that's

our biggest challenge ."

Shirley Treanor

Dovedale Wines

Blockley, Gloucestershire




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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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