CHESTER’S increasing number of wine shops all say that business is booming this Christmas and New Year holiday season.
The city has seen a growth in the number of independent wine retailers over the past year.
But success for some meant there were inevitable casualties like the now empty Gran Reserva in Heath Lane, Upton.
Scatchards Wine Merchants in Hoole is one of the success stories. Since opening in May 2005 the store has gone from strength to strength.And owner Steve Kitchen thinks there is still definitely room for the city’s independent wine trade to grow.
He said: “People are getting used to the choice and advice offered at independent wine shops that they don’t necessarily get at the chains.
“This Christmas has definitely been busier than last year.”
Scatchards’ best selling wines this year are:
Two Hands ‘Angel’s Share’ Shiraz, £13.75
Domaine des Maillettes Saint-Véran 2005, £8.75
Corks Out has been equally successful after taking over from Quellyn Roberts on Watergate Street in October 2006.
Manager Peter Stephens said: “I would say our Christmas trade has more than doubled.”
Mano Primitivo di Puglia, £6.99
Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc, £12.45
Also worth a mention was Vina Ardanza Reserva, £17.50.
Hic-Cup Wines, based at Chester’s Old Port, opened early in 2006.
Manager Jane Dougherty said: “I don’t think there is much room for growth but on the other hand, everywhere is a market so you never know.”
Meinert Pinotage, £10.50
Journey’s End Chardonnay, £12.95
Ian Wildboar opened Region Wine and Delicatessen in Commonhall Street eight months ago. He said: “More and more wine consumers are getting a bit sick of the same old, same old, from the chains and come to us to try different wines and benefit from the advice we can give.”
Ian’s best sellers are:
Rosso Avignonesi, £6.49
Tarras Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc, £11.99
Also worth a mention was Chateau Haut Bages Monpelou, £24.99.