I didn’t know it at the time but this discovery was to change my life.
Back in 2006 there was a European law case going through the courts to try to legalise the purchase of wine in one country (say, France) for delivery to another European country (say, the UK) without having to pay destination duty and taxes (only the duties in the country of departure which are generally much lower in wine producing countries).
Before the final ruling was made, I had already worked out how I was going to set up a business taking this new decision into consideration so that people in the UK could discover these wonderful wines just as I had.
As it happened, the European court ruled against it – but then I thought, HEY! Why not set it up anyway – just using a base in London rather than a base in France.
As my wines have grown in popularity and the business generated income, Amanda’s Wines has grown from a hobby (some would say an obsession), to a part time job, through to a fully fledged, time-consuming, business.