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Changes in the Budget!

You may be forgiven for thinking that yesterdays (9th March 2017) Budget had no change to alcohol duty. Well sorry to disillusion you but the duty will go up by the usual formula, the rate of inflation (3.9% this Budget). The announcement was actually that there will be ‘no additional increase’ in Excise Duty. Even […]

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English Whisky Shows its Style!

The English Whisky Company at the St. Georges Distillery continues to show the quality of their product by being awarded medals yet again this year. The Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible have awarded the Chapter 14 the award of being the ‘European Whisky of the Year’ Managing Director of The English Whisky Company, Andrew Nelstrop says, “We […]

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New at Winbirri Wines

It has been a fantastic year at the Winbirri Vineyards in Surlingham, Norwich. We get quite used to receiving the notifications of how well they have done at the annual wine awards. This year is a special year as the Bacchus won the Wine of the Year Award with another Gold Medal, the third in […]

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Our visit to Salcheto or Italy Part 2!

This is just an excuse to remember the summer and our trip to Tuscany before the autumn finally arrives. One of the highlights was our visit to the Salcheto Vineyards, near Montepulciano. This vineyard has completely reinvented itself in the last 5 years and this has had an amazing effect on the wines that they make. Salcheto […]