We were thrilled to win Decanter magazine’s coveted Specialist Merchant award last autumn and we must be getting something right here at Yapp Brothers because we have been nominated for awards in no fewer than 4 categories in the forthcoming International Wine Challenge 2010: Rhône Wine Merchant of the Year, Loire Wine Merchant of the Year, French Regional Wine Merchant of the Year and South-West of England Wine Merchant of the Year.

The results will be announced at a gala dinner at the Park Lane Hilton on 7th September - the judges for the 2010 awards are the IWC co-chairmen Tim Atkin MW, Sam Harrop MW, Charles Metcalfe and Derek Smedley MW. These will be joined by Laura Jewell MW, Spar UK Ltd., Simon Thorpe MW, Negociants UK Ltd., David Cox, NZ Winegrowers and Rowan Gormley.

Personally I can’t wait to thank my Mum, my Dad my colleagues here at Yapp Brothers our wine maker friends in France, our loyal customers, my shrink, my dog, my dog’s shrink, anybody else who knows me and both of the people who read this blog!