Baggot Street Wines wins

Baggot Street Winners (from left): Catherine Noakes, Alison Noone, Aga Niemiec and Garret Connolly of Baggot Street Wines who picked up the Award for Best Off-Licence in Ireland 2016 at the NOffLA awards at the Kings’ Inns in Dublin. Baggot Street Winners (from left): Catherine Noakes, Alison Noone, Aga Niemiec and Garret Connolly of Baggot Street Wines who picked up the Award for Best Off-Licence in Ireland 2016 at the NOffLA awards at the Kings’ Inns in Dublin.

Baggot Street Wines emerged as the National Off-Licence of the Year 2016 with The Molloy Group winning the Responsible Retailer of the Year 2016 and Dylan McEvoy from Gibneys Off-Licence in Malahide the RTC Online Trainee of the Year 2016.

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27 January 2016 | 0

Now in their 20th year, the awards, which took place at the Honorable Society of King’s Inns, Dublin, recognise and showcase excellence in the off-licence sector, highlighting those retailers that offer exceptional service to customers and who demonstrate excellence in retail standards.Other awards on the night included:

 

Specialist Off-Licence Group of the Year 2016 – The O’Donovan Group, Cork

Best First Time Entrant 2016 – 64 Wines Glasthule

Food Retailer Off-Licence of the Year 2016 – Shiel’s Londis Malahide

Customer Service Award of the Year 2016 – O’Donovans, Ballincollig

Spirit Specialist of the Year 2016 – James Redmond & Sons

Beer Specialist of the Year 2016 – Martins Off-Licence, Fairview

Wine Specialist of the Year 2016 – Jus de Vine, Portmarnock

Connaught/Ulster Off-Licence of the Year 2016 – McCambridge’s, Galway

Leinster Off-Licence of the Year 2016 – The Wine Centre, Kilkenny

Dublin Off-Licence of the Year 2016 – Blackrock Cellar

Munster Off-Licence of the Year 2016 – Number 21, Midleton

 

Judging for the awards began in June 2015 with the ongoing judging process culminating in a blind wine tasting which involved participants answering questions about the unidentified wines.

Speaking at the awards, NOffLA Chairman Gary O’Donovan called for the government to move swiftly and introduce the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill.

Welcoming the Bill’s Minimum Unit Pricing and “affordable structural separation” measures he added, “However, we believe that in order for minimum unit pricing to be truly effective, the Government needs to introduce a ban on the below-invoice-cost selling of alcohol” and he pointed out that the cost of alcohol was excessively high due to government taxation.

“Excise duty levels were introduced during the economic crisis as an emergency measure and we’re still paying for it today,” he said, “This needs to be addressed if we are to play our part and fully contribute to and partake of the ongoing recovery.”

 

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