Charlie Fish and J.P. Murphy met in Jacksonville, Florida in 1989. Charlie was in radio and J.P. was bartending and working as a stagehand in and around Jacksonville. It was there that they started exploring the world of wine and beer.
In 1994, they made the decision to move to Charlie’s childhood home of Winchester, Virginia. Once here, they were increasingly frustrated by the fact that they couldn’t find any of the wines and beers that were readily available in Florida. Instead of waiting for what they wanted to come to them, they decided to bring the best in wines and beers to Winchester. Hence, The Murphy Beverage Company was born in December of 1997 (The Fish Beverage Company just didn’t sound appealing).
J.P. did the initial opening and later Charlie quit her job running the local rock radio station, took over the shop, went on to pass the introductory Sommelier course from the Court of Master Sommeliers and is now running the oldest wine shop in Winchester and surrounding counties.
The Murphy Beverage Company is the only wine shop in Winchester with a Sommelier on staff, was the first to bring you craft brewed and imported beer, has a large selection of home brew supplies, and also has the only climate controlled wine room, stocked with the finest wines in town. They were also the first to support the Virginia wine industry, earning four Performance Awards from the Commonwealth for their efforts to promote Virginia wine. In 1997, hardly anyone was supporting Virginia wines, but Charlie & J.P. thought it was an honorable thing to support local farmers and set out to bring Winchester the best the state had to offer. Eleven years later and with over 125 vineyards, the Virginia wine industry has exploded and world class Virginia wines are available statewide and The Murphy Beverage Company is firmly established as the best location to purchase the best wines Virginia has to offer.
Located on the Old Town Mall, in historic downtown Winchester, The Murphy Beverage Company has set itself apart by offering you hard to find and boutique wines. They know that it takes more than a rating to make a great wine and take pleasure in putting a bottle in you hands that you may not have heard of, haven’t read about and can’t find that easily anywhere else. And if you do, on average, they are $1.50 to $4.00 a bottle cheaper than elsewhere. Charlie and J.P. are like that. To quote Tina Fey, they’re just kind of “Mavricky.” Which goes along with their long standing motto, all the wine, the lowest prices and none of the attitude.