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Published:  23 July, 2008

Niepoort's Wine Trade Wag of the Year Award for 2003 moved a step closer to its conclusion last week, with the announcement of the four finalists who will battle it out for the trade's most unusual crown. The judges received over 50 nominations in this, the competition's first year. A member of the judging panel said: The quantity and quality of nominations we received go some way towards explaining why the wine trade is such an enjoyable business to be involved in. We arrived at our short list by seeking out third party comments on the nominees, and whilst much of the information gathered bordered on the libellous, we eventually settled on four strong finalists.' They are: Simon Fields MW (style: laconic), buyer for Berry Bros & Rudd in London; Henry Butler (bizarre), partner at Butler's Wine Cellar in Brighton; Jon Campbell (lavatorial), proprietor at DeFine Food and Wine in Cheshire; and Jonathan Williamson and Jonathan Hare (comic duo), partners at Wines of Interest in Ipswich. The prize for the winner, to be announced in June, will include a case of Niepoort 2000 Vintage Port.