Fairtrade Fortnight Wedding Challenge: Drinks

In 2007 our Fairtrade Fortnight Challenge post was all about wine but this time around we thought we’d widen the search a bit to include beer, spirits and soft drinks too.

Fairtrade wine
6 years ago, Fairtrade wine was still an emerging market – now it’s got serious and is winning awards. Olivia at The Fairtrade Foundation got in touch recently suggesting that we,

“Sip a glass of Sainsbury’s award winning Taste The Difference Rose Moscato £5.99 or try their Taste the Difference South African wines. They are all Fairtrade and the Chenin Blanc won the Fairtrade Award at the International Wine Challenge.”

Taste the Difference Moscato Rose
Thank you to Window on Wine for the image of the Taste the Difference Moscato Rose – read their review here

Olivia added that Tilimuqui’s Torrontes won a silver at the IWSC (International Wine and Spirit Competition), available in Waitrose.

Meanwhile, 2 Fairtrade wines were chosen as official wines of the 2012 Olympics – a Chenin Blanc and a rosé made from Pinotage, Shiraz and Merlot from South Africa’s largest certified Fairtrade wine estate, Stellenrust. In Decanter magazine:

“James Bennett, account manager at the Fairtrade Foundation told Decanter.com, ‘It shows that Fairtrade wine has come a very long way in terms of quality and in terms of people wanting it.’”

If you can’t decide which Fairtrade wine to go for, why not organise a Fairtrade wine tasting event with the Fairtrade Foundation’s handy pack (opens pdf)? Hey, it could even double as your fair trade hen or stag do!

Naturally, you’ll be wanting to bulk buy for a wedding so as well as the mainstream supermarkets, you could try:

Smithfield Wine (family run independent UK based wine merchants)
Traidcraft, who say “we don’t just stock the same wine available in other shops – we actively seek out new wine producers in order to complement our range with unusual fair trade wines“
All of the above suppliers were also mentioned in our 2007 post so it’s great to see they’re still going.