One of Harborough’s independent retailers continues to gain a reputation at national level. Following on from their success at the ‘Drinks Retailing Awards’ in 2009, Duncan Murray Wines has been singled out for further recognition; this time by the Portuguese Wine Industry. Duncan Murray Wines is up for ‘Independent Retailer of the Year’ at the Portuguese Wine Awards being held on Thursday 11th February at the Portuguese Ambassador’s Residence in London.
The Portuguese Wine Awards seek to reward individuals and businesses who have made a significant contribution to promoting Portuguese wine in the UK. Categories include a ‘Major Award’ for large companies such as Laithwaites, a Restaurant Award and Independent Retailer Award. Duncan Murray Wines was nominated from amongst a national field of wine merchants in the Independent Retailer category and has got down to the final two.
Duncan Murray Wine has been an enthusiastic supporter of Portuguese wine since it opened in 2001, but in the past two years the shop has run a Portuguese recipe competition and organised a ‘Discover Portugal’ Prize Draw in conjunction with Bates the Butchers, Emerson & Wests and Hobbs the Fishmongers.
Duncan and Megan Murray are looking forward to attending the Awards Dinner. Duncan commented: “It’s fantastic to be nominated. We came back to the shop after the New Year holiday and found out we needed to get our glad rags dry cleaned! We think Portuguese wines are great so it’s a buzz for us to promote them; there’s far more to Portuguese wine than Mateus Rosé!”