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 in France 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.
Latest deals (September 2014) – New PIDOU offers. New offers from PIDOU wine and beer just been announced! E.g. Gallo White, Grenache or Rose 9.5% 75cl 6 for 4 (£3.75 per bottle - £6.99 at Tesco U.K.), Black Tower Pink bubbly 75cl 6 for 5 (£2.90 each - £5 at Sainsbury's U.K.), Courvoisier Cognac 1Lt £24.00 (£34 at Sainsburys U.K.), St. Omer Beer (24 x 50cl) only £12.93.
1. D’Arenberg Stump Jump - Buy 6 for £2.49 each, save £7.50 a bottle on UK retail prices
2. Hardy’s VR - Cab/Sauv, Chardonnay, Rosé - Buy 6 for £2.49 each, save £3.50 a bottle on UK retail prices
3. Jacob’s Creek - Moscato - Buy 3 for £6, save £5.50 a bottle on UK retail prices
4. Taringi Marlborough - Sauvignon Blanc - Buy 6 for £4.99 each, save £4.50 a bottle on UK retail prices
5. Gallo Rosé - Winemakers Seal - Buy 3 for £6, save £4.00 a bottle on UK retail prices
Prosecco Botter Magnum is only £9.99 per bottle - save £10 on UK retail prices
Eurotunnel £300 offer is available for travel in a car on these dates during 2014: 2nd September to 23rd October and 3rd November to 30th November.
Save loads of money on a single day-trip.
The Winter sales start on the second Wednesday in January every year – in 2015 they should start 14th January and finish 6th February.
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.
The summer sales in France in 2015 in NORD (59), Pas de Calais (62) and Aube (10 – Troyes, Factory shopping centres) will start 24th June and run until 25th July. However, many departments have different start and finish dates. More information (in French) – www.economie.gouv.fr and (2013) www.economie.gouv.fr
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.
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