Belfast family firm Direct Wine Shipments wins top UK award
Belfast firm Direct Wine Shipments has won a top UK award.
The family firm scooped the Best Independent Retailer in UK accolade in the 2013 International Wine and Spirit Competition.
Peter McAlindon, who runs the company with his brother Neal, says the award is a first for any Northern Ireland wine company. Founded in 1954, the company went from bottling Guinness and wine to importing wine from family-owned wine producers.
Award sponsor PLB praised the Belfast firm as "genuine specialists" with "incredibly good value pricing on a wonderful selection, as well as wine tastings and excellent customer engagement."
Judges supported this view, with special reference to the retailer's "unique efforts despite the economic austerity".
"The McAlindon brothers have kept a flourishing business by looking after customers."