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Wine Is A Community…

As seen in Aspire Essex Magazine Issue 04

With the festive period now complete we should begin with a resounding Happy New Year AND Decade. It is easy to reflect, but this is the time of year to look ahead; to plan, prioritise our time, set goals & hope for a positive, happy & healthy outcome.

This year (& upcoming decade) will see many trends emerge in the drinks industry. Much will be centred around the two key pillars of health (& how much we drink) & environmental responsibility (how our products are crafted). The third trend relates to what we’ll call ‘community’. As a drinks retailer we are now more than ever needing to engage our community, be proactive & seek out opportunities to help capitalise on our customer loyalty. So as one retailer within our community we start by saying THANK YOU to everyone who did (to use the symbol) #shopsmall #shoplocal #shopindependent.

Let us start this year on a positive note. The month is long, the days are short, & money may be a tad tight but THINK SMALL & THINK LOCAL. It may not be reams of flowers, rather a simple bouquet, a pound of mince rather than a turkey & perhaps just a bottle to share with someone special rather than a case for a party. So, from one little cog in the community, to all, here are two little treats to brighten up this month:

Mulderbosch ‘Steen Op Hout’ Chenin Blanc (South Africa):

A somewhat ‘forgotten’ grape which this estate has taken to a new level. Dry to taste but much richer than you would expect. Superb with creamy chicken or fish dishes & likewise, ideal with a host of vegetarian meals. £13.99

Finca Bacara ‘Time Waits For No One’ (Jumilla, Spain)

A catchy name & a fab label to match, crafted organically from the Monastrell grape this is a rich, opulent wine with a very smooth body. Enjoy with a lovely winter beef stew or richer tomato based dishes. £13.99