db Awards winners revealed22nd May, 2013 by Patrick Schmitt
Independent Retailer of the Year
Winner: Roberson Wine
2012’s runner-up, Roberson Wine was this year declared a winner. The independent retailer was particularly highly praised for its “Wine School”, which comprises a well-written online course, as well as its wine club and series of impressive tastings, along with its comprehensive and beautifully presented entry.
As one of the judges remarked, there are retailers addressing the bottom and very top of the market, but the middle is particularly difficult, because you need dedication and faith to capture that elusive consumer who buys wine between £15 and £50 a bottle – and Roberson has that dedication and faith.
Speaking of the shop’s founder, another judge commented, “Cliff Roberson is the kind of person the wine business could do with more of.”
Special commendation: Laithwaite’s
It was widely felt that Laithwaite’s deserved a special commendation for the skill of its personal wine advisors and its clever Classic FM campaign, which one judge described as “brilliant”.