2018’s Drinks Business Awards: profiling the recipients

Having revealed the winners of 2018’s Drinks Business Awards, now we bring you a full profile on every brand, business and brain that featured in this year’s ceremony.

The winners in the awards were announced during the London Wine Fair at a packed event that took place on Tuesday at 4pm, attracting a who’s who of figures from the UK drinks scene and beyond.

This year, putting in a particularly strong performance was The Whisky Exchange and its founder, Sukhinder Singh, along with the fast-emerging English drinks industry, with awards for Chapel Down spirits, along with English sparkling wine brands, Digby and Rathfinny.

The luxury end of the wine business was also celebrated, with an award for Harrods new wine rooms, while we were delighted to reward drinks trade charity the Benevolent, which has done a remarkable job highlighting the issue of mental health in the industry.

Our personality awards saw us celebrate great figures in Scotch and the Italian wine scene, as well as low-calorie lager and the world’s largest mail order wine business.

As always, every recipient collected their award to a loud blast of music, chosen to reflect their personality or category, while each trophy came courtesy of Glen Cairn Crystal, and each certificate was framed in cork, kindly supplied by Amorim.

There was also, as usual, plenty to drink, with wines generously supplied by the following sponsors: Gabriel Meffre, Barton & Guestier, Gérard Bertrand Ballerine, and Marqués de Cáceres. We also enjoyed Welsh water courtesy of Ty Nant.

We would also like to thank London Wine Fair organiser Brintex for its continued support of the db awards.

Over the following pages we have profiled each of this year’s winners, giving a short description why they were chosen by our panel of judges, which include respected members of the trade with a range of specialisms, from education, marketing, retailing and design.

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