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Whole Foods has been named the “best wine retailer of the year” award from Wine Enthusiast magazine – the first time, according to the magazine, that a supermarket has received the recognition.

According to a statement released by Wine Enthusiast, “Whole Foods Market has worked hard to establish its wine departments as must-visit destinations within a supermarket setting by focusing on providing a high level of customer service and a wide selection of wine varieties, characteristics and prices. Catering to each of its local communities, the wine departments at Whole Foods Market stores also focus on locally produced wines.

“Wine Team Members are constantly experimenting with ways to wow shoppers; recent innovations have included enomatic wine sampling stations, which allow customers to try a wide range of wines by the ounce or glass -- from the premium to the every day -- before purchasing a bottle. Wine seminars, food pairings, and tastings are also common. In addition, the design and layout of the wine departments are complimented by informational signage to help customers pair wines with food easily.”

In addition, the magazine notes, “Whole Foods Market wine departments are also noted for their large selection of organic and biodynamic wines, which provide a way for shoppers to purchase great-tasting wine while supporting earth-friendly viticulture methods. As part of the company's ‘green mission,’ Whole Foods Market will continue to increase the amount of organic and biodynamic wines it offers to its customers.”

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