Does Majestic’s move online spell the end for high street wine?

Specialist sector is struggling against perfect storm, from rising duty to Brexit and gin

Supermarkets used to be the bogeyman for the high street wine trade but now the growth of online services and a price squeeze is triggering new upheaval.

The decision taken by the stock market-listed owner of Majestic Wine to sell off the eponymous chain and morph into an online business has caused ructions in wine circles with suppliers and customers worried about the future of the UK’s largest wine specialist, given the challenging high street backdrop.

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