Issue four: free wine and a glimpse of the future

A pattern is emerging here: come the middle of the month, and another issue of The Wine Merchant arrives. We’d like to say a huge thank-you to the Royal Mail for delivering the magazine so diligently, and for such modest fees. We only wish we could pay more. We currently measure the number of independent wine specialists (in actual shops) at 661, and The Wine Merchant is mailed to the people who run all of them.

Here’s the digital edition. There are 600 wines from the Loire being given away (six for the first 100 readers to apply) thanks to a link-up with the Sauvignon Blanc de Loire Ambassadors project. There are some lovely wines to choose from – but supplies are finite, so get your application in quickly. It only takes an email.

We’ve also examined the effect of the ban on case discounts that already exists in Scotland and may be extended to England and Wales. Our survey of Scottish merchants has found that retailers are quietly getting around the legislation with informal deals. The survey’s findings offer some important clues to the way the future of wine retailing may shape up across the UK.

There’s also the usual brilliance from columnists David Williams and Doug Wregg; a profile of The Oxford Wine Company; updates on all the latest independent openings, closures and refurbs; wine reviews; advice on spirits merchandising, and updates from leading suppliers to the independent sector.

Let’s hear it for Louis Latour Agencies, De Bortoli Wines, Buckingham Schenk, Maisons, Marques et Domaines, Raymond Reynolds, Negociants UK, Patriarche Wine Agencies, HispaMerchants, Gonzalez Byass UK, CyT UK, Emporia Brands, Clink Buying Club, Fields, Morris & Verdin and Bibendum.

We’re grateful for their support, and, as always, for your feedback. Thanks for reading.