Decanter Retailer Awards
(by Peter Richards MW)
It’s not easy selling wine in the UK right now. So it’s always good to have a chance to celebrate those who do an excellent job in the face of this adversity.
The Decanter Retailer Awards celebrate the best in the business. As chairman of judges, it was my privilege to hand out the gongs at the recent prize-giving ceremony, the headlines from which are as below.
Congratulations to all those singled out for commendation. Thanks to Decanter and my brilliant judges Stephen Brook, Alan Cheeseman, Christelle Guibert and Matt Walls.
You can read more about the awards both in the forthcoming (November) issue of Decanter magazine and also via this news piece on the Decanter site.
And if you have a brilliant local wine merchant, do let us know or encourage them to enter for next year.
DECANTER RETAILER OF THE YEAR AWARDS 2015
Supermarket of the Year
Runner up: Marks & Spencer
National Wine Merchant of the Year
Winner: The Wine Society
Runner up: Oddbins
Large Independent Wine Merchant of the Year
Winner: Bottle Apostle
Runner up: Tanners
(Shortlist: Bottle Apostle, Tanners, Corks Out, Vagabond, Woodwinters)
Small Independent Wine Merchant of the Year
Runner up: South Downs Cellars
(Shortlist: Handford, Highbury Vintners, Le Vignoble, James Nicholson, Salut, South Downs Cellars, Uncorked)
Specialist – Burgundy
Runner up: Howard Ripley
Specialist – Bordeaux
Winner: Bordeaux Index
Runner up: Nickolls & Perks
Specialist – Germany and Austria
Winner: Howard Ripley
Runner up: Newcomer Wines
Specialist – Italy
Winner: Vini Italiani
Runner up: Lea & Sandeman
Specialist – Spain & Portugal
Winner: Highbury Vintners
Runner up: Prohibition Wines
Specialist – Australia and New Zealand
Winner: The New Zealand Cellar
Specialist – Americas
Specialist – South Africa
Judges’ Choice Award