Free wine tasting at Booths as part of Fairtrade Fortnight

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Shoppers in Clitheroe are being invited to say cheers to Fairtrade Fortnight (February 28th to March 13th) by enjoying a greener bottle of wine at Booths.

Booths will host a series of in-store tastings during the fortnight to promote Fairtrade wines.

Among the ethical tipples on offer is a sulphur-free Merlot from South Africa and an organic Malbec from Argentina.

Booths – which stocks more than 100 Fairtrade products – is hoping to encourage customers to embrace a wider range of ethically-produced goods including wine, chocolate and coffee.

Booths wine buyer Sally Holloway has searched the globe to uncork the finest wines which benefit local grape growers. Sally says: “Fairtrade wine is one of the most exciting and fast expanding categories in the wine market and the quality has improved enormously in the past few years.

“By enjoying a bottle of Fairtrade wine you are helping to improve the lives of local growers and their families. That’s something to raise a glass to.”

Booths’ choice of Fairtrade wines includes Stellar Organic Merlot from South Africa, which is one of the few wines that has no added sulphur. This means it is free from artificial preservatives which will help to leave drinkers with a clear head as well as a clear conscience.

Customers can sample a South African Stellar Sauvignon Blanc which has a fresh, citrus zing that makes it a perfect drink for spring.

From the same country comes Six Hats Cabernet Sauvignon – a rich, full-bodied red with a soft bramble finish - and Six Hats Sauvignon Blanc which has a crisp, vibrant taste.

Chile is represented with Los Unidos’s Carmenere/Cabernet Franc and a Semillion/Sauvignon Blanc. These wines are produced by a co-operative of 50 growers in Talco and Los Molinos.

From Argentina comes Vinedos de la Posada Torrontes which is Fairtrade and organic. Wine reviewer Jancis Robinson described this dry white as “the best Fairtrade wine I have come across so far”.

Booths also sells Fairtrade coffees, teas, chocolate, spices, biscuits, tissues and sugar.