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  • Tim Atkin

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Harpers Awards 2014

Harpers Awards 2014 winners announced at London's Hurlingham Club

02 Jun 2014 | By Richard Siddle

Morrisons, Naked Wines, Bibendum, Corks Out, Vinoteca and the Chiltern Fire House were some of the big name winners announced tonight at the Harpers Awards at London’s Hurlingham Club.

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