|Champagne Awards finalists to be revealed at Harpers Champagne Summit|
|Written by Richard Siddle|
|Friday, 11 February 2011 12:07|
Best Buying Team/Buyer Off-trade: Majestic, The Sampler, Waitrose
Best Buying Team/Buyer On-trade: Searcys, Bibendum, Texture
Best Independent Champagne Retailer: Barrica Wines, Harrods, Lea & Sandeman, The Sampler
Best Multiple Champagne Retailer: Majestic, Marks & Spencer, Waitrose
Best Online/Direct Sales Champagne Retailer: Champagne Warehouse, everywine.co.uk, Laithwaites, Wine Society
Champage Educator of the Year: Tom Stevenson, Michael Edwards, Richard Bampfield MW.
Main sponsors for the awards and summit include Champagne de Castelnau, Champagne Taittinger, Champagne Lanson and Champagne Perrier-Jouët.
The Champagne Summit will include a day of tastings, masterclasses, panel debates and seminars. Masterclasses will be given by Jamie Goode, Richard Bampfield and Xavier Rousset of Texture restaurant.
The theme of the summit is consumer education and communication and will include talks by Wine Intelligence and the Future Foundation.
It will also now include an extra session looking at new consumer research from DoILikeIt and Robert Joseph. Lanson UK's managing director Paul Beavis will take a fresh look at category management while consultant Andrew Marsden will assess the marketing possibilities for Champagne.
The industry panel includes Sainsbury's, Waitrose, Marks & Spencer, Spar, Champagne Warehouse, Le Bouchon Breton, blogger Rob McIntosh, educator Laura Clay and Françoise Perretti of the CIVC.