It seems a little insensitive to be writing about wine in the midst of our third liquor lockdown in less than a year. The most patriotic among us must be battling to understand why it is necessary to close down all supplies of wines, spirits and beer as a response to a virus-driven pandemic.

If the problem is alcohol-related trauma then it’s clear that there has been a failure to police the hotspots — many of which have been studied and exhaustively researched over the past two decades. If it’s drink-drive then perhaps the legislation — which is clear enough — should have been enforced. Perhaps ensuring compliance with the law is something the police never imagined was part of their job description. But desperate times call for desperate measures...

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