High street giants Marks and Spencer took a trip down memory lane to celebrate 40 years of wine.
Leeds-born Chris Murphy, wine buyer for M&S, hosted a special event at the company’s archives at the University of Leeds yesterday to mark the occasion.
The company, which started as a stall at Leeds Kirkgate Market back in 1884, launched its first range of wines in 1973.
The small selection of eight wines, four sherries and a few beers, were available at 12 stores.
The following year, the first television advert for Marks and Spencer (M&S) wine was aired, with bottles priced at just £1.
Four decades later, the retailer now sells more than 1,000 types of wine.
Chris, who started out as a trainee at the Briggate store, has been at the company for 40 years, working in Paris and London.
He said: “I’m lucky enough to have been in the sector during a time that has seen so much innovation.
“When I started, there were wines from France and similar places.
“Now we have wines from Croatia, Greece, Turkey and Israel.”
Speaking about the wine tasting event, Chris added: “We’ve chosen a selection of iconic wines to celebrate the occasion, many of which we sold 40 years ago, and some which are my personal favourites.
“The exhibition here is open to the public and by prior appointment, they can get out a beautifully archived history about wine.”
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