Whisky Magazine Issue 97
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Our man looks at how things can come together to form a shop
It was the great Jimmy Greaves who famously described football as ‘A funny old game' in that strange way that things seem to happen for a reason some times. Unrelated events that come together and sometimes great whisky shops are born.
Many great whisky shops are owned and run by a person or couple who have an evangelical zeal for whisky that just cannot be controlled; the name above the door blazing a trail among the whisky drinkers in the area. For The Wright Wine Company though, there are three individuals, within a team of nine, without whom The Wright Wine Company would not be the Whisky shop that it is.
The obvious person to start with is Bob Wright himself. That Bob was involved in the drinks trade can hardly be a surprise. How many people get the benefit of being born in a pub? Not for Bob the rigours of a paper round to earn extra pocket money. Bob instead stated out as a bottle boy as an after school activity. Was ever a career more written in the stones? With memories of being fed Teachers by a maiden aunt, the seeds were well and truly sown. And so it came to pass that in Skipton, a town not traditionally known as the gastronomic centre of anywhere, let alone Yorkshire, in 1983 Bob opened a wine shop on the site of an old smithy, just outside the town centre. From the outset the business had the simple aim of giving the customer choice and variety in all things. By the end of the century, Bob had the opportunity of acquiring the shop next door and expanding ...