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Wines of the week.

Byline: MAURICE FITZMAURICE

WHO'D have thought us wine types would have a sense of humour? Well it seems we do, in a only-wine-people-would-get-it kind of way.

My regular emails from Decanter this week included a rather worrying missive on April 1 about how the government of North Korea was buying up the entire allocation of Chateau Latour's second wine, Forts de Latour, pictured.

Panic, no doubt, ensued among the sort of people who have the money to be buying said vino. I worried little, what with being skint.

But fear not, youse uns with plenty of dough, for a second email arrived which read "Decanter would like to make clear that today's article about the government of North Korea buying the allocation of Chateau Latour's second wine, Forts de Latour, was intended as an April Fool's joke and is entirely untrue".

Other gems Decanter has tried to trick us with include suggesting Paris Hilton would open wine show Vinexpo 2007 by descending in a golden balloon, that a sixth wine would be elevated to First Growth status for the 150th anniversary of the 1855 Classification and that the French Government was banning all drinking on restaurant terraces.

As said, it's stuff that only wine people would get. Anyway, to more serious matters and news that UK sales of sub-pounds 4 Rhne wines tumbled by 73% last year, according to new figures from Inter Rhone. Currency fluctuation and duty rises were blamed for the fall, as Rhone wines under pounds 4 become harder to find across the UK retail sector. Olivier Legrand, marketing manager for regional body Inter Rhne, said sales of entry-level wines encountered "significant difficulties".

At the same time, he added, wine drinkers have chosen to spend more on Rhone wines rather than trade down to an alternative.

Wines costing more than pounds 4 now account for 71% of Rhne sales, against 42% in 2007, with sales of wine above pounds 10 up 35% on 2008.

Well trade up, I say. Sub pounds 4 wines, now come on. Don't get me wrong there are a few out there, but cheap does not mean good value. And dont you forget it. Seriously, from where ever you buy wine, pounds 6 to pounds 8 or so is where the good stuff is, and I'll not bore you with the whys and what fors of levels of duty and why that is.

Just trust and try one of these more than a deep sea diver Rhones below...
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Apr 3, 2010
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