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Waitrose wins supermarket Wine Merchant of the Year award

  • Attn: Food and Drink Corrs

Waitrose, food shops of the John Lewis Partnership, has been awarded the title of Supermarket Wine Merchant of the Year 2000 at the Wine Magazine International Wine Challenge 2000 awards ceremony held last night at the Hilton Hotel, London.

This is the third time in four years that Waitrose has won this prestigious award.

Director of Buying, Steven Esom says: "This award reflects the flair and expertise of Waitrose' four Masters of Wine in selecting wines of quality and excellent value and reinforces our enviable reputation as a first class wine merchant."

Julian Brind, Head of Buying Wines, said: "We aim to offer our customers a wide range of excellent wines & spirits, keeping a balance between authentic traditional styles, and those that are new and exciting. At every level we aim to offer good value."

Waitrose is able to offer its full wine assortment on the internet, or by mail order, Waitrose Wine Direct. Our specialist wine services include En Primeur, which allows customers to purchase top class wines prior to general release.

Notes To Editors

1. Call Waitrose Direct on 0800 188881 (or freefax 0800 188888) to place an order. Delivery is free for orders over £75 to any single UK address (except the Channel Isles). All other orders carry a delivery charge of £4.50 per address.

Gold Medal Wines

Volnay 1er Cru les Chevret 1996 J Boillot, France £25.00 Stonewell Shiraz 1994 Peter Lehmann, Barossa Valley, Australia £19.95 Eileen Hardy Shiraz 1997 McLaren Vale/Padthaway, Australia £27.95 Waitrose Brut Vintage 1990 £17.99

Lanson Noble Cuvee 1988 £55.99 Tattinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs 1990 £75.00 Charles Heidsieck Blanc de Blancs 1982 £89.99 Gonzalez Byass Apostoles Palo Cortado Muy Viejo (Half) £10.25

Out of 101 wines submitted by Waitrose, 8 were awarded with Gold, 17 with Silver, 35 with Bronze and 16 gained a Seal of Approval.

SOURCE John Lewis Partnership

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