This winter seems to have dragged on too long! It is exciting and busy pre Christmas. It is fun when you have the chance to travel to a southern hemisphere country during the European winter.....but when the global economy is gloomy and the weather is bleak! Time to plan optimistic ventures for the future......New wines to taste and discover. New prices to calculate (is this a good thing or not?). Tastings to plan. New customers to find. As I frequently get reminded ' people will always drink wine during a recession'. Lets see now.