Duty on wine has risen by 50 per cent over the last six years, to £2.40 a bottle (by comparison, in France, Spain and Italy it stands at less than 4p). The result? Once you include VAT, tax now accounts for 57 per cent of the cost of a £5 bottle of wine. Factor in the packaging, transport, marketing and margins, and you’re left with about 30p for the wine itself – if you’re lucky. The average amount spent on a bottle of wine is £4.99 in this country.
Guy Woodward: Restaurants are missing a trick with dull, predictable wine lists
18 Apr 2017 | By Guy Woodward
The Sunday Times’ recent 1,100-word review of Aster, the rather fun new opening from the D&D group, included an illuminating insight into the French–Scandi restaurant’s wine offering, which I shall reproduce here in full: “We drank a lovely Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.”
Is £10 the perfect price to pay for a bottle of wine? So says Mark Price, former managing director of Waitrose, who says it's the sweet spot where quality and price meet. It's just a shame he didn't let shoppers in on the secret when he was a supermarket boss, instead waiting until he has a book to flog.
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