Did you know that our lovely government takes a large chunk of tax from the sale of a bottle of wine. Duty on still wine is £1.81 a bottle and then you add the VAT on the duty so thats £2.17. Then there’s the VAT at 20% on the overall price. So on a £5.00 bottle of wine thats £1.00. Now go and buy your wine at one of our well known supermarkets for £5.00. Before anything take off the £3.17 for duty and vat. That’s £1.83 left in the pot. The cost of a bottle, cork, label etc is 80p so we are left with something like a quid to cover the cost of label the grapes, making the wine, the bottling cost, the shipment cost, the distribution cost, the warehouse cost and the profit for all. I say the wine cost nothing. WHAT ARE YOU DRINKING I ASK? CRAP I’D SAY. What else costs nothing?
No better reason then to buy wine from Grainger Fine Wines where you know what you are getting for a very good price. Don’t be fooled by the big supermarkets. Generally their offers are for basic wines with no known provenance from big wine dealers who have little knowledge of what is in the wine because they buy wine from other people and stick it in a big tank all together and call it Chateau Sewerage or something more marketable.
We see more and more the wine writers and commentators being sucked into the Big Boy marketplace. They review the supermarket wines with regularity and what do they say apart from the taste. Actually what may lurk in that bottle? We read recently that the wine from so and so was only £5.95 supplied by a negotiant. Be careful because these wines have to be taken for what they are. A mix of wines from a number of producers all thrown together with a liberal dose of sulphite to stop them oxidizing. BUT what is in that wine. The negotiants are just buyers of bulk wines and they don’t know what is in the wine because they did not grow the grapes or make the wine. So what chance do we have. What chemicals lurk within?
It is time to properly consider a wine not just on its taste but what it contains. If you follow our route at Grainger Fine Wines of only offering wines to you which have a known provenance you can be sure what you are drinking. So have a look at what we offer. Wines directly sourced from small winemakers who grow their own grapes, make their own wine and bottle it themselves. WE KNOW WHAT IS IN OUR WINE. DO YOU KNOW WHAT IS IN THE BOTTLE YOU HAVE JUST DRUNK?
Mary Portas is impressed with Waitrose in general but not with “the abysmal quality of the wine on offer.” We couldn’t agree more. We found just one Saumur Blanc AOC and one Saumur Rouge AOC at our local Waitrose branch and that was from a large wine Co-operative. Mary says she doesn’t “want to see racks of Hardys, Banrock Station and Oxford Landing.” Rather she would like to see wines from “out of the ordinary, keenly priced vineyards.”
She has hit the nail on the head. We need to consider what is in the wine we are drinking and how it is made. There are great family run small independent winemakers in the loire valley who make natural wines, with no harmful chemicals. Lighter wines that taste naturally of fruit and the soil that don’t give you a headache. It is these wine that we should be drinking. I’m happy to say that we do and you could too. K www.gfwine.co.uk