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Naked Wines angels come to the rescue of British winemaker

A British woman who had moved to France to follow her dream of making wine had her dreams smashed when vandals poured £60,000 of white wine down the drain.

Katie Jones returned from a wine fair in Germany to discover that vandals had emptied two tanks of her award winning Grenache Gris at the winery in Tuchan in the Languedoc mountains, destroying the entire supply of white wine. The wine, sold under her Domaine Jones brand through the Wine Society, was worth £15 a bottle. The 47-year-old said it was her worst nightmare to discover she had lost a year’s work when she returned home after a business trip.

But Miss Jones hopes to bounce back after internet wine retailer Naked Wines came to the rescue. They have promised to stump up cash raised by its customers to help make the 2013 vintage. Eamon FitzGerald, chief operating officer at Naked Wines, said she’s a first class winemaker and deserves some help to get back in business.