Nowadays even the Daily Star has a resident wineologist , but until relatively recently the majority of British folk existed in a wine-free world, weddings and Christmases excepted. The holy trinity of Blue Nun, Black Tower and table-lamp-in-waiting favourite Mateus were as posh as it got, but slightly further downmarket were the British wines, or ‘wine-style drinks’ as they were often known, brewed in the UK from – shock horror – imported grape concentrate. Perhaps feeling slightly guilty over this deception, marketing departments poured on the terribly English heritage. Rougemont Castle advertised itself with that old standby, a suit of armour. Country Manor cooked up possibly the worst slogan ever written: ‘So light. So subtle. So buy some’. Playing to a slightly more continentally aware crowd, Concorde promised a bottleful of fun for under a pound. At rock bottom, however, was the grape-free plastic-corked sparkling concoction known as Pomagne, the nine percent proof prize in many a ‘spin the arrow’ local fete tombola which inspired countless teenagers to re-examine their breakfast.
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We said the other week that very few bands came out of 1975 with critical and commercial success intact, and while we were mentioning Queen at the time we might suggest 10cc also fall into that category, making it to number one with a record they didn’t really think that much of and thought it stop their career in its tracks. Of course they initially got together as writers and producers rather than performers and spent much of their time experimenting with sound, to the extent Godley and Crème initially left the band to invent a new musical instrument. So the four are suitable subjects for this series. More from the lads later in the week.
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