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Save 40 – 70% on wine in Calais. There are even greater savings when you consider how little of the United Kingdom price you pay for a bottle of wine actually goes on the wine itself.
Despite tax increases and a poor exchange rate, there are still big savings to be made when shopping in Calais
Three reasons for a daytrip; 1 – Save money, 2 – much better range of products in French supermarkets (fewer own brands), 3 – Quality is often better and healthier, and there are more local products available.
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1. Stowells White Zinfandel 3L £9.99, saving £10 / 2. Gran Fabrica Carinena Gran Reserva – 6 for £2.99 each, save £8 per bottle! / 3. Villa Maria Soave – Buy 3 for £6, save £8 / 4. Post NZ Chardonnay £3.49, save £7.50 / 5. Hardy's Crest Red & White £3.49, save £7.50.
Laurent Perrier Brut NV Champagne is only £19.99 per bottle. (£27.74 at Sainsbury's U.K. if you buy 6!
Xmas offers! – Buy 5 get 6 and buy 6 get 12 bottles offers now available at Pidou Wine & Beer.
October 2013 – French Collection Wines cost just £2.20 a 75cl bottle at Pidou Wine & Beer (when buying buy 6 bottles for £10).
August 2013 – JP Chenet 6 bottles 75cl now only £13.50 at Pidou Wine & Beer, and £23.94 at Sainsbury's U.K. (the cheapest we found).
July 2013 – Barefoot Wines £3.99 at Pidou Wine & Beer, and £6.99 at Tesco U.K. (the cheapest we found). Save 43% on U.K. prices!
Save loads of money on a single day-trip. New Calais and travel voucher pages – check them before you go.
The Winter sales start on the second Wednesday in January every year - in 2014 they should start 8th January and finish 11th February.
The summer sales in France in 2014 in NORD (59), Pas de Calais (62) and Aube (10 - Troyes, Factory shopping centres) will start late June and run until the end of July. However, many departments have different start and finish dates. More information (in French) - www.economie.gouv.fr and (2013) www.economie.gouv.fr
Another link to French Government website concerning sale dates. www.service-public.fr
Six departments near the French border are free to set different dates, although often they conform to the National dates (Meurthe-et-Moselle, Meuse, Moselle, Vosges, Landes and Pyrénées-Atlantiques.) Additionally, Departments in the South (Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur region) sometimes hold their sales later than the rest of France.
In Belgium the sales are held in January and July.
With the cheapest daytrips to Calais available via Day-tripper.net with PO Ferries and other cross channel companies, you can do a few trips, buy the wines you like and then go back to stock up with the ones you want or enjoyed.