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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This series has now indeed started, and this first series makes for pretty intriguing viewing, not least for the prizes which the other day saw someone foolishly turn down an Amstrad CPC, and although it’s an easy target some of the outfits really do have to be seen to be believed. We’d totally forgotten that you initially had to answer questions before you got your hands on the wheel, presumably to appease the IBA into making into more of a game of skill. Impressive though her twirling is, Angela Ekaette isn’t particularly charismatic though pretty soon, maybe even today, she’s jettisoned in favour of Carol.
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