The Wine Merchant Top 100

The Wine Merchant Top 100 is our annual competition for wines that are exclusive to independent wine merchants.

Its other point of difference is that all the judges are independents themselves.

This year we’re running things a little differently. It wasn’t possible to assemble our judges in the usual place on April 1, so instead we’ve worked out a new system that involves judges tasting the wines in their own workplaces or indeed homes.

The wines that make it through the first round – in which they will be assessed by two separate judges – will then proceed to a second round, where another group of independent judges will put the wines through their paces.

The wines that perform best will form this year’s Top 100, with the rest of the second-round wines being awarded Highly Commended status.

We’ll be unveiling the winning wines in the usual Winners’ Supplement, mailed to every specialist independent in the land. This year, for the first time, we’ll also be creating a bespoke website so that consumers as well as the trade can read about the winners – and where to buy them.

Watch this space for updates.

Images from the 2019 judging in London

Our 2020 judging team

Dan KirbyCorkr Fine Wines
Polly GibsonGrapeSmith
Sara BangertThe General Wine Company
Finn DunlopMacknade Fine Foods
Riaz SyedStonewines
Eugenio CiccarelliVinarius
Lucy ChenowethThe Old Garage
Deiniol ap DafyddBlas ar Cwd Cyf
Chris and Gosia BaileyMr & Mrs Fine Wine
Simon ParkinsonVinological
Anthony BorgesThe Wine Centre
Hannah WilkinsVineyards
Kasia KonysDunnell’s
Matt ThomasVinoramica
Jamie SmithTring Winery
Steve TattamWinyl
Sophie PoultneyGrace & James
Jon CampbellDeFINE Food & Wine
Jon MooreMumbles Wine
Tom HemmingwayHighbury Vintners
Jen FergusonHop Burns & Black
Carolyn SkeelsVintoto
Kelli CoxheadThe Wine Shop
Lloyd BeedellChesters Wine Merchants
John MorrisBradmans Wine Cellar
Sarah and Richard TringWeber & Tring
Hannah WilkinsVineyards
Julia JenkinsFlagship Wines
Colin ThorneVagabond Wines
Penny ChampionChampion Wines
Sam HowardHarperWells
David PorterLea & Sandeman
Sam JacksonChester Beer & Wine
Chris PiperChristopher Piper Wines
Hal Wilson and Alice ArcherCambridge Wine Merchants
Cat BrandwoodToscanaccio