Letter: Wanted: a good glass of wine

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Sir: Why can't I buy decent wine in a British pub? In an ordinary bar in mainland Europe I can buy very cheaply a glass of reasonable wine. Why not here? I know all the usual excuses: wine is cheaper in the country of origin; beer has always been the thing to drink in a pub; there are many good wine bars.

The situation is still a disgrace. It is up to wine-drinkers to make themselves heard. Instead of avoiding the pub, or drinking something which is not first choice, it would be more effective to order the wine and reject it when it is below standard, as we would if the beer was awful.

GRAHAM BALFRY

Bristol

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