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Wine Tasting Note: Dashwood Pinot Noir, 2004, Marlborough, New Zealand.

Wine Tasting Note: Dashwood Pinot Noir, 2004, Marlborough, New Zealand.

This months Wine Blogging Wednesday has had New Zealand Reds designated as the theme by Cork Dork. Damn fine theme. I seldom purchase Kiwi Reds; theyRead More

Good News for Ex-Unwins Staff.

Good news for some anyway. As local newspapers around the south east report which of their local Unwins stores are to be brought by Threshers IRead More

Andrew Barrow
30 Dec
Wine Tasting Note: Dashwood Sauvignon Blanc, 2005, Marlborough, New Zealand.

Wine Tasting Note: Dashwood Sauvignon Blanc, 2005, Marlborough, New Zealand.

Served on Boxing Day with a starter of Goats Cheese salad made festive with the addition of cranberries and a dressing of clementine juice, cassis andRead More

Threshers Buys 200 Unwins Stores.

Luckily, for many ex-Unwins staff, Threshers (the UK’s largest national chain of off-licences) has just purchased 200 Unwins branches. They already operate 2,000 branches under theRead More

Andrew Barrow
23 Dec
Wine Tasting Note: Croft Quinta da Roeda, 1987, Douro, Portugal.

Wine Tasting Note: Croft Quinta da Roeda, 1987, Douro, Portugal.

Croft Quinta Da Roeda 1987 Quinta da Roeda has the quaint tradition of planting a tree every year they produce a port from the vineyard. ForRead More

Andrew Barrow
22 Dec

Unwins Update.

As staff pack their bags the Telegraph states that DM Private Equity, who purchased the chain in March, claim a discrepancy in the accounts that amountsRead More

Andrew Barrow
22 Dec

Unwins Closes.

The BBC reports on Unwins – the staff are now redundant and all 350 stores have closed. BBC.co.uk“Some 1,400 workers for beleaguered off-licence chain Unwins haveRead More

Andrew Barrow
20 Dec

Unwins Latest News.

For those following the collapse of the Unwins chain of off-licences the Telegraph reports that 25 interested parties have expressed an interest in the group. SomeRead More

Andrew Barrow
19 Dec
Le Rosy Causing A Storm.

Le Rosy Causing A Storm.

Le Rosy As reported in the “Depeche du Midi”, a French daily newspaper in southern France: “This bottle has scandalised feminists, not for its contents –Read More

Andrew Barrow
18 Dec

Unwins Close to Collapse.

I knew it wouldn’t last – Unwins is close to collapse according to the Times. I just hope all those who were slated for redundancy receiveRead More

Andrew Barrow
15 Dec

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