My father, Arthur, went to work with his father Percy on his return from service with the RAF during WW2, and during the post war years the shops’ business increased and Moody, father and son, gained a good reputation for quality wines in NW England. However, the shops became a good enough business for them to be attractive to one of the larger local breweries, which, like other brewers in England at the time, was looking for an opportunity to horizontally integrate the business of selling beer, with selling other drinks.
When Bent’s Brewery bought Moody’s in 1956, Arthur went to work for Feurheerd Wearne, importers of good French wines and Madeira, and many good wines passed through our household after tastings, when we could enjoy the left-overs!
I can remember that madeira was Blandy’s madeira – Duke of Sussex Sercial, Duke of Cumberland Bual and Duke of Clarence Malmsey. The French wines were Nuits St Georges and Gevrey Chambertin from Jules Belin – who are now owned by Domaine de l’Arlot. And there were Mosel wines from Carl Jos Hoch of Deidesheim – Rieslings.