Issue six: heavy going

Apologies to anyone whose cat or toddler was injured by the arrival of the latest edition of The Wine Merchant. It is a bit weightier than usual. In fact it’s our biggest-ever issue.

Oh, we realise we’re not in the same back-straining territory as Decanter or The World of Fine Wine, but we’re quite chuffed with our 32 hand-crafted pages, even if there is a gigantic mistake in the David Williams article on Champagne. Yes, we know, the article stops two-thirds of the way through and goes back to the beginning again, so you can stop calling now. The person responsible (not David) has been ordered to take a good, long look at themselves and charged with bringing the game into disrepute.

The digital version has no such technical glitches, and won’t cause muscular-skeletal pain. Read it here, with our compliments. You don’t have to be over 18, a UK resident, or sign up to any terms and conditions.

What’s inside? Too much to mention here. The results of our exclusive survey about online wine sales in the indie sector; news from Borough Wines, new Birmingham specialist Loki, Market Row in Brixton, Buon Vino in Settle and HarperWells in Norwich; wine reviews; and diary dates a-plenty.

There’s a three-page special on sherry, two pages on The Wine Pantry in Borough Market, an interview with Steve Daniel, seven pages of updates from the best suppliers to the independent sector, and – thrillingly – an in-depth investigation into alternatives to polystyrene packaging. If we ever win an award, it will be for that.

Thanks for reading, for supporting, and for being you.

Graham Holter, Editor

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