A Bit Over It, January Sale, Going Tasting!

Fellow Wine Lovers,

This week we’re a bit over it, if we’re honest.

As we reach the gazillionth day of Covid dominated news we thought, rather than go off on some inarticulate rant that would bore you and just incense us more, we would instead  have a quick flick through the dictionary, just to check that our understanding of certain words was the same as everyone else’s.  Here are some examples:

  • ENTITLED [ɪnˈtʌɪt(ə)ld] adjective – believing oneself to be inherently deserving of privileges or special treatment.

“they feel so entitled and think the world will revolve around them and the rules don’t include them”

  • ARROGANT [ˈarəɡ(ə)nt] adjective – having or revealing an exaggerated sense of one’s own importance or abilities.

“he’s arrogant and opinionated but not an expert”

  • TENNIS PLAYER noun – an athlete who plays tennis

“No, Novak Djokovic is not a virologist or an, epidemiologist, he is a tennis player”

  • ISOLATION [ʌɪsəˈleɪʃ(ə)n] noun –  the process or fact of isolating or being isolated

Mr Ramella, I’ve tested positive for Covid so will need to isolate rather than do this interview”

synonyms: separation · segregation · setting apart · keeping apart · quarantine · insulation · seclusion · closeting · protection · shielding · partitioning · solitariness ·

  • PRIME MINISTER noun – the head of an elected government; the principal minister of a sovereign or state.

“Yes, Boris Johnson really is our Prime Minister, the buck stops there!”

  • PARTY [ˈpɑːti] noun – a social gathering of invited guests, typically involving eating, drinking, and entertainment.

“Hi all, after what has been an incredibly busy period it would be nice to make the most of the lovely weather and have some socially distanced drinks in the No10 garden this evening. Please join us from 6pm and bring your own booze!”

synonyms: social gathering · gathering · social occasion · social event ·

Having now checked, it seems we did have the correct understanding off all of these words, it was just some others who didn’t.

Meanwhile, Mr Johnson has said he is limiting contact with other people, because a family member has tested positive, and will continue to do so until at least Tuesday – what a convenient time to start following the rules!

Moving back into the shop, there are deals to be done.  By simply walking through the door and stating something along the lines of:

‘I believe that, if I choose 6 bottles of wine, either all the same or 6 different, that may also include some of your sparkling wines but not your spirits, then I am ENTITLED to a 16.66% discount?  Furthermore, this ENTITLEMENT is not limited to just one ISOLATED visit, I can actually use it as many times as I want until the end of January – perhaps I should have a PARTY?’

Of course, you don’t have to announce yourself in such a pompous manner, we’d be very excited if you did however (might even give you a prize!), not to worry though, this entitlement is open to everyone, not just our pals!

I think Wayne explained it all last week but just to confirm:

If you buy 6 bottles we’ll only charge you for 5 – which in maths terms is a 16.66% discount – and we do it mathematically rather than giving you the cheapest one free because, frankly, that’s just not how we do things round here…

I think that’s probably it for now – good news is we’re already half way through the month, in 31 days time it’ll be Valentines Day, half term will be in full swing and we’ll be knee deep in the Six Nations whilst happily careening towards Spring.

And we might have a new Prime Minister?  Let’s see….

Finally, we will be closed on Monday.  It’s the annual tasting of a key supplier and we’re hoping to find some new wines to tantalise your taste buds  as well as taste some vintage changes.

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