Plenty of reasons to visit independent wine merchants

Independent wine merchants offer plenty of variety, and may stock wines from parts of the world you don't see so often on the supermarket shelves.

But there are plenty of other reasons to visit independent wine merchants too - including some you might not have thought of before.

There's the financial argument - because alcohol duty is based on the size of the bottle and the strength of alcohol content, and not on price, then when you buy a bottle of fine wine, more of your money goes towards the wine itself.

You might consider wine merchants' options to be of higher quality than the mass-market wines you see in your local supermarket.

And you might benefit from the expert advice of local wine merchants if you're looking for something specific, or if you're not sure what you want.

But there's one particular reason to head to your local independent wine merchant's, or to buy wine online if it's more convenient for you.

That is simply because, at the end of a long day's work, there are few things better than relaxing with a glass of fine wine and simply de-stressing.