Phoebe Pexton considers wine as an asset in marital property

The UK has enjoyed drinking wine for centuries. However, it is only in recent years e-commerce, supermarkets and even the tobacco shop next door have stocked varieties formerly the preserve of specialist merchants. From mass-produced chardonnay to first growth bordeaux, wine has become more accessible, palates have refined and markets diversified as a result. Interests now surpass the ‘merely casual’ – and can set a toxic backdrop to financial disputes – in extreme cases, triggering divorce itself. Back in 2013, a romantic tasting tour derailed into an exasperated wife’s petition based on her husband’s hapless Burgundian map-reading (Howell v Howell [2013] EWCA Civ 268).

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