Thursday, August 16, 2012

Georgian Wine in UK: Wine shop in line for prestigious award

06.08.2012. British wine retailer Turton Wines (in Darwen Road, Bromley Cross) has been shortlisted in new category Wine Retailer of the Year 2012 for the Manchester Food and Drink Festival Awards. The competition hails the best pubs, restaurants, chefs and food and drink retailers Greater Manchester has to offer.

Owner Brett Dawson said: “We are excited. “We didn’t expect it, we are not sure who has put us forward. We have only been open for just over a year. We started online back in 2008 and our focus was on wines from unusual places. It was always our intention to open a shop, it was just finding the right location.”

One of the shop’s most popular wines comes from the country of Georgia, one of the oldest wine producing regions of the world. In 2006, Georgia’s neighbouring country Russia banned the sale of its wines in what many believed to be a politically- motivated move. This led to the country exporting more wine than it had previously and countries around the world began buying Georgian wine.

Mr Dawson said: “It opened up a new market.We got some samples and they were fantastic.”

The public votes will be combined with scores from the judging panel obtained via mystery visits. The winners will be revealed at a gala dinner and awards on October 8.


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