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This poll is a corker.. who gets your vote?

uite possibly there'll be a few people taking a glass of wine this weekend in the wake of the big election shake-up.

QWhether celebrating or drowning sorrows, surely one should make a bit of an effort with what you're drinking.

Mind you, there's a few strike me as just a glass of sherry at Christmas sort of people.

Maybe the vast majority of the drink consumed will be by Joe Public either well pleased with the new political landscape they see before them or deeply trouble by Northern Ireland's copperfastened conservatism.

Count night was all about the coffee, which I can tell you wasn't too good at the King's Hall, but once I've caught up with some sleep I'll be hitting the drink.

I'd say I'll make it through about two glasses before nodding off but I'll make the effort to go to a decent offie to get my #GE15 plonk! Which brings me to another poll of almost, ahem, equal significance to that wee exercise in democracy we all (well around half of us) just took part in.

The International Wine and Spirit Competition people, or IWSC, are calling on people to vote for their favourite independent wine and spirit merchant. Of course like so many things these days there's a social media vote with a hashtag and all the rest.

Belfast's Direct Wine Shipments is up and running on Twitter with the #iwscbestindie tweets going flat out. And why not? I'll not deny for a second I buy plenty of wine in the supermarkets and they're great for a bargain so long as you're wary of supposedly special offers.

But there's something about the experience of wandering around somewhere like DWS, trying your best to exercise self-control and not buy two boxes of wine.

The care that goes into the wine they buy, the fact there's always someone there who knows about the bottles on the shelves, you just don't get that in the big multiples.

So, pull a cork tonight to celebrate or drown your sorrows. You may as well as the Government we're getting is pretty certain to drive you to drink. I asked DWS to show us why we should vote for them with two reds and two whites - one value, one for a treat.

Here's what they came up with...

RED Nostrada Syrah Monastrell from Jumilla in Spain has won a clatter of medals for its 'rich concentration of fruit on palate, ripe fruits and chunky tannins'.

A blend of Syrah (Shiraz) and Monastrell (Mourvedre) at PS7.99.

RED Maestria Madiran, France. This what independents are all about. Intense aromas of blackcurrant, blackberry, minerality, spice & oak followed by a wonderfully generous & powerful palate.

PS11.99.WHITE Terre d'Artagnan Blanc from Gascony in France is an interesting blend of zesty Colombard and Ugni Blanc. A great aperitif that works well with salads, chicken and fish dishes. PS7.99.

WHITE Albret Estate Chardonnay, from Spain's Navarra got the thumbs up from Robert Parker who praised its subtle oak and 'dominant aromas are of white and yellow fruit, balsamic undertones, and some added texture'. PS11.99.

I'll make effort to go to decent offie for my #GE15 plonk

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Title Annotation:Features; Opinion, Column
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:May 9, 2015
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