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UK wine critic bans heavyweight bottles from his column

Leading wine critic Tim Atkin MW is boycotting heavyweight wine bottles from recommendations in his Sunday newspaper column and encouraging readers to buy wine in lightweight glass, bag-in-box, plastic or Tetra Paks in order to reduce the carbon footprint of their wine drinking. He said he is prepared to name and shame producers and claimed the problem of overweight bottles is most likely to be found in wines from Spain, Italy and Argentina.

Tim also suggested that consumers buy wines that are shipped to the UK in bulk and bottled here - a key initiative of WRAP's Glassrite project - and cited Waitrose for its bulk-importing model for its Chilean Virtue wines.

Champagne and other sparkling wines won't be boycotted because heavier bottles are needed to withstand the pressure of the bubbles inside.