Hello Ladies and Gentleman,

For the last couple of months we’ve been exploring the relationship between wine and words. You may have noticed all the unusual quotes on our posters and emails (for the record we promise we weren’t condoning cannibalism with our Hannibal Lecter poster, unless you get really hungry). Well we have a new theme for the next few months, and that theme is “love”. To find out why, have a read of The Love Manifesto (no that isn’t a new Barry White tribute album) on our blog. Although we have a new theme, we’ve become quite fond of the quotes, so they are sticking around but with a little added lovin’…

The quote above is from Ernest Hemingway’s “The Old Man and the Sea”. For those who haven’t read it, it’s a complex and fishy tale of man meets fish, man falls in love with fish, man kills fish, other fish eat fish, man kills the other fish, man goes home to sleep and dreams of lions, weirdly not fish. We can’t imagine how excited the old man would have been if he’d met our Green Fish. At £6 and hailing from Rueda in Spain, the peachy Green Fish Verdejo has been our bestselling white wine this year. Bad news: we sold out. Good news: we’ve got a little back. Not much though, so it’s currently a web exclusive, you can buy it here. But fear not, it will be back in our shops; in fact it will begin wending its way across the ocean very soon. Let’s hope it doesn’t get eaten by other fish. Right, time for a kip(per) and maybe some big cat based dreams.    

We have no intention of stopping love, but we would dearly love to stop war. So, to do our bit, Oddbins has teamed up with a master Rhône winemaker and a very worthy charity to bring you the exclusive Wine Not War Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Available in all our shops and on our website, for every bottle sold of this limited edition wine, we will be donating £1 to the charity War Child. The invaluable work of this charity offers hope to children whose lives have been torn apart by war. Here in the UK £1 might not sound like a lot, but it can make a massive difference in countries like Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, Uganda, the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of Congo. To put it into perspective, 71p can send a child in the Central African Republic to school for a year, War Child’s programmes can be run for 22p per child per day and 1.4 billion of the world’s people live on less than £1 per day. We’ve sent bottles to David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband, to see if we can get them to make peace over a glass of wine, work as a team and help War Child with their sterling efforts. We’ll update you when/if we hear back from on them, but until then, why not grab yourself a bottle of this dark, spicy delight. It's a small gesture that spreads a lot of love.

Here at Oddbins we love our Wine Buyers. They are without shadow of a doubt two of the finest in the industry, but you know that already because you’ve tried our wines. We thought you might like to properly meet them though and find out what Wine Buyers really drink (it isn’t all Krug, Dom Perignon and Cristal, you know). Therefore, with great pride and loads of love we’d like to introduce Emma and Ana. They’ve put together for our website their Wine of the Month and three web exclusive Buyers at Home cases (6 or 12 bottles). The first is what they drink at home “Everydayers Case”, the second is the special treats “Weekenders Case” and the last is the no budget, enough of all the recession doom and gloom, enough Robert Peston already, time to treat yourself “Unlimited Case”. Browse at your leisure.
That’s all from us. Time to go and turn the Barry White vinyl over so the loving can continue. We’ll just leave you with one last quote…

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