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A budget communion wine?

03 May 2019

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To reduce our outgoings, we started using a cheaper fortified wine for communion. There have been howls of protest from some quarters about the taste (it’s a bit sweeter) and colour (it’s a bit lighter). Can anyone suggest a good budget communion wine? The one that we introduced retails at around £5.50 per litre.

Your answer: Might I suggest Poterion (www.poterionfairtrade.co.uk)? This is both an excellent-quality wine and fairtrade (Fair for Life). It is somewhat more expensive than the price you quote (although cheaper than most other altar wines), but the price difference “per sip” is minimal, and I believe that this choice is honouring to God in more than one way.

(The Revd) Richard Steel
Waddington, Lincoln


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