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From a Ford Cortina to international award winner: Northern Ireland wine merchant James Nicholson does it again

A top Northern Ireland wine merchant has clinched a top international award, once again.

JN Wine, which celebrates its 25th anniversary ear,  triumphed at the prestigious International Wine Challenge Awards, winning the ‘Regional Merchant of the Year’ title for Northern Ireland at a glittering ceremony in London.

The victory marks a record 25 wins for the Crossgar-based retailer at the IWC event, which is widely acknowledged as the Oscars of the global wine industry, recognising excellence, expertise and passion for wine, and comes as the pioneering company celebrates 40 years of business.

Company founder James Nicholson said bringing home the top IWC award for the 25th time was a massive endorsement for the company, which has just invested £300,000 in a online ordering and delivery service, enabling the 30-strong team of highly trained staff to service wine connoisseurs and hospitality clients across the UK and Ireland.

“Our aim is to provide an unrivalled service to our customer across the UK and Ireland, with excellence as standard. To bring this award back to the team in Crossgar is an endorsement of our continued commitment to our clients.

“Since I started the company four decades ago, innovation has been key in meeting the requirements of our growing customer base. The business has come a long way from delivering wine from my Ford Cortina to restaurants in Northern Ireland’s fledgling hospitality sector, to now servicing customers across the UK and Ireland with a fleet of vans.

“We’re delighted that our passion for the industry continues to be recognised at an international level.”

To celebrate this landmark year, James will be hosting a series of special events, including joining forces with award-winning chef Michael Deane, who is celebrating 20 years in business, for a one-off event at Deanes at Queens with a five-course menu and champagne reception.

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