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The International Wine Challenge (IWC) owned by William Reed Business Media is now in its 31st year. The IWC is accepted as the world's finest and most meticulously judged wine competition which assesses every wine blind and judges each for its faithfulness to style, region and vintage Throughout the rigorous judging processes, each medal winning wine is tasted on three separate occasions by at least 10 different judges and awards include medals (Gold, Silver, Bronze) and Commended awards

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Ali Maynard and Helen Kenny
Manifest London
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Top wine merchants announced: International Wine Challenges reveals its Merchant Awards for 2015

The 32nd International Wine Challenge announces its Merchant Awards at prestigious dinner in Park Lane.

The 32nd International Wine Challenge announced its Merchant Awards for the year, at its prestigious awards dinner at the Hilton Hotel in Park Lane last night, as it recognised and celebrated the hard work and dedication of the nation’s top wine traders and suppliers.

  • Laithwaites Wine scooped up the most sought-after prize, being named the IWC Merchant of the Year 2015. The wine club, which also operates 19 stores in the UK, stocks a huge range of wines from all around the world and has been delivering wine to its members for over 55 years, and now services over 700,000 customers.
  • For the second consecutive year, Oddbins was named the IWC High Street Chain of the Year, as the company continues to improve and thrive following its period of financial uncertainty and subsequent administration buyout in 2011. Now operating 55 stores in the UK, the future looks bright for this wine retailer, and this prestigious award is further sign of its successful recovery.
  • Having received a flurry of medals and trophies for its own-brand wine throughout the competition, Morrisons also picked up the award for IWC Supermarket of the Year for 2015, stealing the title from 2013 and 2014 winner Marks & Spencer. The IWC panel was impressed by the supermarket’s extensive wine range and commitment to educating staff and customers alike. The supermarket received four Gold medals, 16 Silver medals and 24 Bronze medals throughout the competition.
  • Marks & Spencer picked up the Corporate Social Responsibility Award of 2015, while Hatch Mansfield was awarded the title of IWC Large Agent of the Year and Seckford Agency secured the IWC Small Agent of the Year Award.

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Charles Metcalfe, Co-Chairman of the International Wine Challenge commented:

“The International Wine Challenge is more than just a celebration of world-class winemakers. We also reward top wine merchants. These are the companies that make the extra effort to sell world-class wines to their customers, and who have demonstrated particular passion and expertise in doing so. They are the top specialists in wines from different wine regions, and the outstanding retailers in every corner of the UK. They have demonstrated their commitment to customers and winemakers alike over the past year, and we are proud to recognise their hard work.”

The full list of the IWC Merchant Award 2015 winners is as follows:

  • IWC Large Agent of the Year: Hatch Mansfield
  • IWC Small Agent of the Year: Seckford Agencies
  • IWC Online Retailer of the Year: Laithwaite’s Wine
  • IWC High Street Chain of the Year: Oddbins
  • IWC Innovator of the Year: Roberson Wine
  • IWC Large Independent Merchant of the Year: Tanners Wines
  • IWC On-Trade Supplier of the Year: Liberty Wines
  • IWC Small Independent Merchant of the Year: Vagabond Wines
  • IWC Small Independent Merchant of the Year – Highly Commended: Bottle Apostle
  • IWC Supermarket of the Year: Morrisons
  • IWC Supermarket of the Year – Highly Commended: Waitrose
  • IWC Wine List of the Year: Hallgarten Druitt & Novum Wines
  • IWC Wine List of the Year – Highly Commended: Yapp Brothers
  • IWC Wine Educator of the Year: ThirtyFifty
  • IWC Wine Merchant of the Year: Laithwaites Wine
  • IWC Corporate Social Responsibility Award: Marks & Spencer
  • IWC Generic Campaign of the Year: JK Marketing for Wines of Brasil
  • Regional Merchant of the Year, Central England North: Loki Wines Ltd
  • Regional Merchant of the Year, London: Lea & Sanderson
  • Regional Merchant of the Year, North East England: John Hattersley Wines
  • Regional Merchant of the Year, North West England: Define Food & Wine
  • Regional Merchant of the Year, Scotland: Woodwinters Wines & Whiskies
  • Regional Merchant of the Year, South West: Great Western Wine
  • Regional Merchant of the Year, South and South East England: South Downs Cellars
  • Regional Merchant of the Year, Wales: Mumbles Fine Wines
  • Specialist Merchant of the Year, Australia: Liberty Wines
  • Specialist Merchant of the Year, Bordeaux: Bordeaux Index Ltd
  • Specialist Merchant of the Year, Burgundy: Handford Wines
  • Specialist Merchant of the Year, California: Roberson Wines
  • Specialist Merchant of the Year, Champagne/Sparkling: Waitrose
  • Specialist Merchant of the Year, Chile: Stone, Vine & Sun
  • Specialist Merchant of the Year, En Primeur: Corney & Barrow
  • Specialist Merchant of the Year, England: Waitrose
  • Specialist Merchant of the Year, Italy: Liberty Wines
  • Specialist Merchant of the Year, Languedoc Roussillon: Yapp Brothers
  • Specialist Merchant of the Year, Loire: Daniel Lambert Wines Ltd
  • Specialist Merchants of the Year, Rhône: Byrne & Co and Yapp Brothers (joint first)
  • Specialist Merchant of the Year, South Africa: Seckford Agencies
  • Specialist Merchant of the Year, Spain: Indigo Wines Ltd

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