Thu 05 Sep 2013

Decanter Hat-trick


NATIONAL MERCHANT LOGO 2013Last night, in the glitzy surroundings of the Floral Hall at London’s Royal Opera House, ten members of The Society’s team, together with the rest of the great and the good of the world’s wine trade, attended a dinner celebrating the 10th edition of the Decanter World Wine Awards. At this dinner Decanter also names the top UK wine merchants, with prizes for innovators, specialists, regional merchants and supermarkets.

Sarah Kemp, Decanter‘s publishing director and Steven Spurrier, consultant editor, opened proceedings with an explanation of how the awards are put together, and it’s no mean feat! Arguably the world’s largest wine competition (over 14,000 entries from 27 countries), 32 International Trophies were awarded last night from the 155 Regional Trophies, which themselves stemmed from a whole host of Gold Medals. The medal winners from The Society were announced in May.

But the major prize for a UK merchant is the accolade of National Retailer of the Year. After having won this prestigious award for the past two years, we were short-listed again this year, this time alongside Berry Brothers & Rudd, Jascots, Majestic and WineTrust100. We arrived with a sense of excitement and anticipation, given our success in July at the International Wine Challenge.

The panel of judges displays an impressive knowledge of the UK wine trade – Saturday Kitchen’s Peter Richards MW, The Guardian‘s Fiona Beckett,‘s Tom Cannavan, The Independent‘s Anthony Rose and veteran renowned wine retail consultant Allan Cheeseman – and we were therefore all the more delighted to be announced as winners for a third successive year.

Team Society: (l to r) Steve Levet (Facilities), Simon Mason (Tastings), Janice Patterson (Members’ Reserves), Robin McMillan (CEO), Michelle Norgate (Training), Mike Wray (Digital), Helen Caunce (Showroom), Helen Dean (Systems), Liz Cerroti (Head of Member Services), Ewan Murray (PR)

As at July’s awards ceremony, temperatures were once again in the high 20s, but most Society staff (yours truly excepted, whose bow tie was relegated to inside his sporran) retained some dignity in attire, and likely duly lost the pounds gained from the excellent three-course dinner served and the accompanying eight wines.

We were so proud to receive this award once again. It is testament not only to the excellent teamwork of the 200-strong Society staff, each and everyone playing a key role, but also to our knowledgeable and loyal members without whom we simply would not exist.

Tom Cannavan penned the article published in Decanter this morning, starting with: What else could we do? There were some worthy names on the shortlist, but the case for multiple past winner, The Wine Society, was compelling.’

Well we certainly aim to keep it that way!

Ewan Murray
PR Manager

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