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Published:  23 July, 2008

The Which? Wine Guide 2003, published earlier this week, has named Waitrose as Best Supermarket and Oddbins as Best High-Street Chain, both of which were overlooked at the International Wine Challenge for the first time in recent years. The judges said: For its adventurous and high-quality range Waitrose is a deserving winner, showing what can be achieved when buyers don't automatically resort to bringing in bulk-made brands. We're also delighted to see Oddbins being as innovative as ever and still supporting the world's smaller, more interesting growers.' Best Mail-Order Merchant was Noel Young Wines, Cambridge, while the Organic Wine Specialist Award went to Vintage Roots, Berkshire. Most Innovative Merchant, which was awarded for the first time this year, went to The Winery, London for its determination to source the unusual rather than the conventional'. Also for the first time this year, the Guide names only the Top 100 wine merchants in the UK'. Susan Keevil, editor of the guide, said: This year we've been tougher on wine merchants.' Only those felt to meet the guide's exacting standards' are included. To order a copy, priced 14.99, freephone: 0800 252100; visit