This is what sealed Asda’s victory ahead of sprinter-up Inscription & Spencer, even though judges also praised the ‘adventurous spirit’ and high quality of the M&S range.
‘The winner may come as a surprise to some in the room, but it is fully deserved,’ said awards chair Peter Richards MW at the Decanter Retailer Awards ceremony at London’s Connaught hotel last nighttime.
‘It feels incredible to win,’ said an thrilled Philippa Carr MW, Asda wine manager, immediately after collecting the certificate.
Meet the judges for the Decanter Retailer Awards 2015
Amongst the additional winners,
Salut offers 44 wines by the glass via enomatic apparatus and ‘brings a Mancunian no-nonsense attitude to wine drinking’, judges said.
The Wine Society retained its title as the best national retailer further than the major supermarket chains, but it was pushed close by Oddbins, which has prolonged its wine range by more than a third in the past year.
And crowdfunded retailer The New Zealand Cellar, based in south London and only launched earlier this year, won best specialist retailer of New Zealand and Australian wines.
There was recognition, too, for what is believed to be the oldest British wine merchant outside of London, Nickolls & Perks, which was sprinter-up in the specialist Bordeaux category, in the rear winner Bordeaux Index.
Announcing the winners, awards chairman Peter Ricards MW said it was vital to celebrate success in a UK wine trade that is demanding and often tough.
The full list
Judges’ Choice: Salut
Supermarket of the Year
Sprinter up: Inscription & Spencer
National retailer of the year
Winner: The Wine Society
Sprinter up: Oddbins
Large independent retailer of the year
Winner: Bottle Apostle
Sprinter up: Tanners
Small independent retailer of the year
Sprinter up: South Downs Cellars
Specialist – Burgundy
Sprinter up: Howard Ripley
Specialist – Italy
Winner: Vini Italiani
Sprinter up: Lea & Sandeman
Specialist – Bordeaux
Winner: Bordeaux Index
Sprinter up: Nickolls & Perks
Specialist – Germany & Austria
Winner: Howard Ripley
Sprinter up: Newcomer Wines
Specialist – Spain & Portugal
Winner: Highbury Vintners
Sprinter up: Prohibition Wines
Specialist – Australia & New Zealand
Winner: The New Zealand Wine Cellar
Specialist – Americas
Specialist – South Africa
Winner: Handford Wines
See also: Top 10 London wine bars
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