IWSC Judges

Judging Panels

The IWSC boasts the most highly qualified and trained group of international judges of any wine and spirit competition. Judges are selected for their knowledge and experience, and in order to ensure that products are evaluated fairly and with consumer expectations in mind, qualified and knowledgeable consumer judges work alongside MWs and prominent trade judges.

All judges must attend an induction and may also be asked to attend a trial judging day before being permitted to sit on a panel. Judges performance is constantly reviewed by monitoring scoring patterns and notes.
 

 
  Richard Paterson

Richard is one of the world's best-known Master Blenders, having travelled the globe extensively as an ambassador.

 

  Philip Goodband MW (Chair)

Philip is is a Master of Wine, a Vintners Scholar, Conseiller d’Honneur to the Commanderie de Bordeaux and a former Chairman of the Institute of Masters of Wine in London.

  David Wrigley BA MW

David has been involved with wine for the whole of his career. David joined the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) as Head of Education.

  Ian MacMillan

Ian is a Master Blender with Burn Stewart Distillers Ltd and has worked in the Whisky Industry for almost 40 years.

  Sally Easton MW

Sally Easton MW’s business encompasses a portfolio of activities focused on freelance writing for trade and consumer press in various countries, trade education, consumer tastings, and wine industry consultancy. 

  Allan Cheesman

Allan has spent 42 years in the industry including 31 years as head of beers wines and spirits at Sainsburys.

  Debra Meiburg MW

A resident of Hong Kong for nearly 25 years, Debra is a celebrated wine journalist, TV personality, wine educator and in-demand speaker who holds the top honour in the wine world – Master of Wine.

  Peter Marks MW

Peter is the Vice President of Education for Constellation Wines US, and is responsible for all wine education programs at CWUS and manages the wine education team – Constellation Academy of Wine.

  Charlie Arturaola

Sommelier Charlie is legendary in culinary and oenological circles.
A charismatic wine expert, Charlie approaches his life’s passion with expert knowledge and contagious enthusiasm.

  Dr Bill Lumsden

Bill has worked in the Scotch Wisky Industry for 28 years, he is Director of Distilling, Whisky Creation & Whisky Stocks for The Glenmorangie Company.

  Rachel Barrie

Rachel Barrie is one of a mere handful of female Master Blenders in the world, creating some of the world’s finest single malt Scotch whiskies.  

  Anthony Foster MW

Anthony has been in the Wine trade for over forty years. In 1974, he became a Master of Wine, passing the most arduous four day tasting and theoretical qualification in the industry.

  Dr Jim Beveridge

Jim has over 25 years experience in the Scotch Whisky industry, covering the science and technolgy of new-make production, maturation and blending within Diageo

  Angela D'Orazio

Angela is a Master Blender at Mackmyra Svensk Whisky in Sweden and chair judge at the IWSC.

  Gerard Chaussee

Gerard works has over 20 years experience in liquors business. He worked for Marie Brizard Bordeaux, and has been General Manager of Vedrenne in Nuits St Georges since 1995.

  Ivan Dixon

As well as buying for the Harvey Nichol’s operation, Ivan is also involved in writing, wine education , training, public events, judging and consultancy.

  David Stewart

David started work at William Grant & Sons as an apprentice in 1962. He was appointed Master Blender in 1974; a position he has held ever since.

  Angela Reddin

Angela has been involved in the wine trade since 1996.

  Laurent Metge-Toppin

In 1982, Laurent graduated as an Oenologist from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Agronomie de Montpellier. From 1982 to 1996 he worked in the wine trade in Bordeaux, Beaujolais, Germany and London.

  Angela Mount

Angela Mount is a wine writer, consultant and presenter; she was head of the buying at Somerfield, where the company famously had her taste buds insured for £10million.

  Stuart Gilbert

Stuart, an Olympic Yachtsman entered into the spirits industry in late 2000 after seeing a gap and the opportunity that there were no great rums of quality available in the Australian market place.

  Matt Walls

Matt started his career at St Martin Vintners, a small independent merchant in Brighton. 

 

  Keith Bown

A winemaker for over 25 years, Keith is currently the VP, Winemaking for Vincor International, Canada’s most award-winning wine company.

  Ben Campbell-Johnston

Ben has been in the wine trade for 17 years, after a spate at Oddbins, he worked for two years with the Symington’s in Oporto and the Douro and then as their Brand Manager in the UK.

  Nick Room

In 1987 Nick began work at Waitrose in the Wine buyership. Having completed the WSET Certificate, Advanced and Diploma courses in the early 90's, Nick was seconded to work with the team at Findlater.

  Paul Stacey

Paul has spent more than 25 years in the wine industry in various roles.

  Johan Venter

Johan is the Primary Production Director at Distell. He is responsible for farms; wine, spirit (brandy, whisky and liqueurs) and other raw material procurement; distillation, winemaking, cidermaking and blending activities.

  Derek Strange MSc(econ)

Derek was a member of the Waitrose Wines department from 1986-2006, specialising in Spirits, Port, Sherry and Liqueurs. He was also head of department from 2003-2006.

  Dr Binod K Maitin

Binod is Senior Vice President and Head of Corporate Technical Centre with United Spirits Limited, India. He has spent more than 22 years in the company.

  Vincent Géré

As the Director of Rémy Martin Estates & Oenology, Vincent is ultimately responsible for all the cognacs made by the company: their supply, their production and their style.

  Patricia Crosby Stefanowicz MW

Patricia is a self-employed Wine Consultant in the UK and France.

  Richard Rowe (South Africa)

Richard joined leading South African alcoholic beverage producer, KWV, as chief winemaker in October 2008.

  Jack McD Whitaker MW

Soon after qualifying as a Chartered Accountant, Jack joined the finance department of brewers Charrington & Co, the start of an enjoyable career in financial management in the drinks industry.

  Warren Winiarski

Warren was born in Chicago, Illinois. A true pioneer of Napa, Warren Winiarski arrived in the valley in 1964 set on becoming a winemaker.

  Andrew Shaw

Andrew has worked in the wine trade for nearly twenty years, making wine in New Zealand, Burgundy and England before joining the UK retail world. 

  Lorne Mackillop MW

Lorne is currently Export Director and Master Blender of Angus Dundee Distillers PLC. He is also selector of “Mackillop’s Choice” Independent Bottlings of Single Cask Single Malts.

  Steve Beal

Steve is the senior brand educator for the whisky portfolio of Diageo North America.

  Chris Horridge

Chris has been working in the Wine industry since 1995 and been judging at the IWSC since 1997. 

  Neil Ridley

Neil is one of the UK’s new breed of passionate whisky writers and consultants to the drinks business.

  Chris Hatcher

Chris has been making wine in Australia for 38 years, the last 16 as Chief Winemaker for Wolf Blass.

  Joel Harrison

 Joel is a drinks writer, commentator and strategic & creative consultant to the Scotch whisky industry, who aims to enliven the category to new and old consumers alike through a number of different avenues.

  Anne Jones

Anne is a drinks expert with responsibility for managing all media and publications for Wines, Beers and Spirits at Waitrose.

  René Chazottes

René is Founder and Member of the Board of Directors of The Sommelier Association of California and Former Vice President of The Sommelier Society of America.

  Davide Merlini

Davide is Maître Sommelier of  the "Le Jardin de Russie Restaurant”

  Giuseppe Laudicina

A specialist winemaker since 2010; Giuseppe currently works in two wineries. 

  Ewan Murray

A linguist and musician by training, formerly in export sales, Ewan joined the trade in 1999 with Diageo’s Percy Fox & Co.

  Lizzie Walker

Lizzie has over 11 years international experience in the wine industry.  

  Beverly Tabbron MW

Beverley achieved her MW in 1996 and is responsible for the selection and buying for the worldwide portfolio at Hallgarten Druitt.

  Michelle Cherutti-Kowal

Michelle is a native of Canada and based in London where she received her Diploma (with Honours) from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET).

  Dave Hughes

Dave is a distiller, winemaker, wine auctioneer, international wine and spirit judge, and a writer on drink and allied subjects. He has had a long and varied career including a long spell with the Stellenbosch Farmers Winery.

  Anabella Alcuaz

Anabella has the WSET Diploma and is founder and manager of a wholesaler firm, Patagonia Vinos, representing some of the most prominent wineries from Argentina. She is a WSET Certified educator and an independent writer.

  Arthur Nägele FAFW

Arthur was introduced to spirits and distillation at early age from his father in his own distillery.

  Olivier Paultes

Born in Cognac City and Master Blender for Cognac Frapin Grande Champagne 1er Cru since 1987 and run all over the world as an ambassador for Cognac Frapin.

  Jo Burzynska

Wine journalist, author and judge, Jo is one of New Zealand’s leading wine writers, penning one of the most widely read weekly wine columns as Wine Editor of the New Zealand Herald’s Viva magazine. 

  Georg Innerhofer

Georg's father had a small farm with orchards and a small fruit brandy production, so he has been in contact with fruit brandies since a young boy.

  Bernhard Schäfer

Bernhard started his career in the Drinks business back in 1985. From then on, he was specialised in selling Spirits and started giving lectures from 1988.

  Lindsay Oram

Lindsay has for over 15 years been a wine educator and presenter, for the wine trade, educational bodies, consumers and corporate clients. She is currently studying for the Master of Wine examination.

  Chris Unger

Australian born Chris is based in London UK and is employed by Negociants UK the Australian owned agent for Yalumba Wines, Hill Smith Family Vineyards, Vasse Felix Wines, and Jim Barry Wines.

  Halvor Heuch

Halvor started his business as the only legal distiller in 1985. He is extremely knowledgeable about the Norwegian spirits in modern times.

  Emma Kershaw

Heralding from a background of keen gastronomes, Emma entered the world of wine and food as a young girl in Paris.

  Lily O. Berlin

As Owner/Winemaker at El Molino, Lily does a little bit of everything from winemaking to sales in partnership with her South African husband, Jon.

  Brett Fleming

Brett has been an IWSC Judge for over 20 years, and has winemaking experience covering Australia, New Zealand, France, Italy, Chile and Argentina.

  Ulrich Hoffmann

Ulrich is a winemaker with 15 years international experience having worked in England, Germany, Spain, France and California.

  Luciana Lynch

Luciana has been in the wine trade since 1966; she has been director of major UK companies, writer and educator, and then managed her own importing, selling and consulting business specialising in Italian wines.

  Mark Bowery

Bowery still loves the ever-humbling sport of blind tasting and is a regular participant at the annual California Wine Tasting Championships.

  Colin Harkness

An ex-teacher, professional football scout and restaurateur Colin has been involved with the wine trade in various different capacities for over 20 years, the last 15 of which have been spent in Spain.

  Matias Chiesa

Matias is one a of the young leading talents on Argentinian wine industry. He is cook and sommelier, and is finishing the WSET Diploma.

  Louis Lee

Louis has been Wine Educator for WSET L1 - L3 since 2003. He is an associate member of the Institute of Wine & Spirit and official educator of Ecole des Vins de Bourgogne BIVB.

  Vladimir Gorodkov

Vladimir fell in love with wine when he came to Cape Town in 1992. He was captivated by the aura and mystique of the wine culture, which resulted in completing the Diploma course at Cape Wine Academy.

  Brett Crittenden

Graduated from Roseworthy College in Australia, more than 40 years experience in the wine trade including more than 30 as a senior judge. He is currently working with many of the greatest wine estates in the world.

  Marc R. Kauffman, CSW
Marc became interested in wine during his college days when he spent a year studying at the University of Bordeaux. 
  Rachel Nico Halpern

 Rachel is co-founder of Drinkoftheweek.com, one of the first websites dedicated to spirits and cocktails. 

  Anne Krebiehl

Anne is a freelance wine writer, educator and also a judge at international wine competitions.

  Brett Jones

Wine Maestro Brett has spent over forty years learning about, working with, teaching others about, and – naturally – enjoying wine.

  Laura Atkinson

Laura began her career in the trade at Corney & Barrow before a love for food and wine matching soon took a hold.

  Michael Schmidt

Michael was first introduced to a life with wine in his family restaurant and specialist wine merchant business.

  Thomas Kuuttanen

Thomas is a Swedish Master Blender, specializing in craft distillation and small batch blending producing a variety of spirits including whisky, vodka, aquavit and bitters. 

  Katherine McEachnie

 Katherine is a 2nd year Master of Wine Candidate who holds the WSET Diploma, is a Certified Specialist of Wine with the Society of Wine Educators and is also a French Wine Scholar awarded by the French Wine Society.

  Paulo Brammer

Paulo began his career in London beverage trade 10 years ago at Bank Aldwych and Just Saint James as head of bars.

  John Barrett

John is the MD of Bristol Spirits Limited and has judged for the IWSC for the last 15+ years specializing in Cognac and Rum.

  Mike Harrison

Mike is the Head Sommelier at one of the Hotel du Vins, he has been in the wine trade for 32 years, and is a well seasoned International Wine Judge and freelance consultant.

  Mariano Braga

27-year-old Mariano Braga is one of the most important Argentinean sommeliers.

  Giuseppe Panzuto

Giuseppe graduated in 1996 from the Hotel and Restaurant Management Institute (Instituto Profesionale Alberghiero di Stato) in his hometown of Naples, Italy. 

  Lucie Parker

Lucie has 10 years experience working in wine in both the on and off trade dealing with all quality levels of wine and also selling to multiple grocers.

  Tim Triptree

Tim joined Christie’s London Wine department in 2005 after graduating with a Distinction in the Wine Business Management MBA at the Business School of the Royal Agricultural College.

  Derek D Koch

Derek is the founder and Principal of the European Wine Academy and has wide experience in the wine industry.

  Claudia Schug Schuetz

For Claudia, the wine business is an international family affair.

  Amy Mumma

Amy is the Founder and Director of the Central Washington University (CWU) Institute of Wine, Beverages and Gastronomy.

  Deborah Parker Wong

Deborah is Northern California editor for The Tasting Panel magazine where she reports on the global wine and spirits industries with an emphasis on domestic trends.

  James King

James is passionate about wine and runs a successful wine school in Texas.

  Roxanne Langer

Roxanne is a certified Sommelier, founder of wine edutainment company and key note wine speaker for fortune 500 companies.

  Linda Schmitt

Linda is a wine education professional with an extensive business and marketing background.

  Michael Hutchinson

Michael has spent the better part of his life immersed in the wine industry.

 

  Klaus Wurm

Klaus is owner and master distiller of the Maerkische Spezialitaetenbrennerei in Hagen, Germany.

  Arno Pauli

Arno is an avid distiller and brewer from Tyrol (Austria)

  Will Lowe

Will is Master Distiller at The Cambridge Distillery, and a Wine and Spirits Educator for Bibendum Wine.

  Eddie Ludlow

Eddie is the founder and Evangelist of The Whisky Lounge.

  Marcel Telser

Grew up in his family run distillery which is distilling now in the 4th generation, having been well awarded and recognized over the last couples of years for fruit spirits and whisky

  Pontus Jennerholm

Pontus is a wine educator working as a lecturer at Örebro University, School of Hospitality, Culinary Arts & Meal Science in Sweden.

  Sean Tennyson

In 2013 Sean was awarded the IWSC Peter & Penelope Duff Memorial Trophy for the top-performing Associate Judge of 2013.

  Claire Kyunghwa NAM

Claire is a Wine Communicator and freelance wine professional based in London but travels worldwide. 

  Peter Turner

Peter is a drinks writer and has been judging in wine, spirits, beer and cider competitions for around a decade. 

  Yoko Ota-Sawyer

Currently working as a sales associate at the Urban Grape in the United States, Yoko has worked harvests in Champagne and Mosel. 

  Richard Esling BSc AIWS FIdM

An experienced wine importer and merchant for over 18 years and Wine Consultant for 15 years, Richard has passed all the main Wine Trade exams (some with Distinction and other awards) and is trained to Master of Wine level. 

  Ed Melief

Ed has been commercial director of E&A Scheer, bulk run suppliers, for 15 year.

  Henrik Hammer

Henrik has been an IWSC judge since 2006 and is the creator of Geranium Gin and Old English Gin.

  Thomas Woolrych

Thomas joined Direct Wines in 1997, having been in the wine business full time since 1984. He became interested in the wine industry after picking grapes in Cognac as a student.

  Deborah Collinson AIWS

When Deborah's company diversified into the wine trade, she studied and passed the WSET Diploma, thus developing her interest of fine wines.

  Dr Samuel J Simmons

Sam has sat on the spirit judging panel of The International Wine and Spirits Competition since 2007.

  Lilyane Weston

French born, Lilyane has been in the wine trade for over 45 years

  Martine Nouet

Martine is a Food and Spirits Writer and has a passion for all spirits and especially whisky.

  Linda Simpson AIWS

Linda was a successful futures and options trader in the City when her passion for wine blossomed.

  Louise-Ann Grinstead

Louise-Ann's wine history spans 25 years as a South African Wine Educator, Wine Judge and Consultant and she is best known for specialising as a “wine tasting trainer” (SA and international wines).

  Monica Murphy

Monica holds the WSET Diploma since 1988 and is currently the Research and Developer at Febvre.

  Bruno Broger

Together with his brother, Bruno operates a small distillery in Austria.

  Janet Dorozynski

An authority on the Canadian wine market and wines, Janet has been studying about and working in the global wine industry for over fifteen years. 

  Paul Howard MBA

Pauls interest in wine was first sparked over 25 years ago by a holiday in Burgundy.

  Moonsong Bang AIWS

Moonsong is a qualified wine educator and connoisseur who has worked in the wine retail business for 10 years.

  Kristina Beuthner
Now Kristina consults for the industry, helps with corporate functions, writes articles, judges at the IWSC, and is a CWA lecturer.
  Vili Galabova

Vili is among the most experienced Bulgarian wine experts. She is co-founders and is CEO of the Bulgarian Wine Academy.

  Will Davenport

Vineyard owner and winemaker in the UK since 1990, specialising in organic and natural winemaking, Will trained in Australia and has worked in France and California as well as a few years in the UK wine trade. 

  Micky Chan

Micky is an independent wine educator, connoisseur and consultant in the wine industry.

  David Cowderoy

David  is a consultant winemaker operating throughout the globe and has been judging at the IWSC for over 25 years.

  Heather Dougherty

Heather is a freelance wine educator, writer and event organiser based in Surrey. 

  James Boschler

James founded Crystal Palace Vintners 35 years ago, currenty still owner and buyer.

  Chris Grimes

Chris has worked in the Food & Drink industry for over 30 years but qualified in wine relatively recently with the WSET Diploma.

  Jenna Chevigny

Jenna is passionate about food and wine. With over 10 years in the business she has become a well known wine professional in the Los Angeles area.

  David T Smith

David is a drinks writer and gin specialist. 

  Edwin Dublin

Edwin have been working in the wine trade for over 10 years with stints at Oddbins and Laithwaites.

  Julian Jeffs

Julian read Natural Sciences at Cambridge but spent most of his time enjoying life and drinking wine.

  Kevin Erskine

Kevin created the now defunct 'The Scotch Blog', in its day one of the most highly regarded whisky social media sites.

  David Nathan-Maister

David is the CEO of Oxygenee Ltd, a UK-based company operating in the field of absinthe, and rare and vintage spirits (particularly cognac and calvados)

  Neil Courtier

Neil is an experienced wine educator. He has provided tailor-made training programmes, courses & tastings for the wine trade, hospitality industry and consumers via his business - Grape Sense, for over a decade.

  Paul Harley

Paul joined the wine trade in 2001. He was awarded the WSET Champagne Scholarship in 2006 on his way to completing the WSET Diploma.

  Rene van Hoven Bc

Rene started in the wine industry but later moved on to get a Bachelor degree in spirits: Liquorist.

  Harriet Fear Davies

Harriet became an IWSC judge as a result of winning the IWSC/Waitrose Wine Scholarship for excelling in the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Diploma in Wines and Spirits in January 2006.

  Kate Webber

Kate is the wine director for the Webber Restaurant Group in Massachusetts, which includes the Gibbet Hill Grill, The Barn at Gibbet Hill, Scarlet Oak Tavern, and Fireside Catering.

  Paul Quinn

Paul has been involved in wines since 1996 and has held many positions in the wine industry including Buyer, Wine Development Manager, Wine Educator and Wine Writer.

  Matthew Hudson

Matthew started as a van driver in a wine shop in 1982 and since then he has worked in wine companies large and small in various capacities.

  Colin Hynard

Colin started in the wine trade some 25 years ago, initally in retail with the family business, Hynard Hughes in Leicester, then into wholesale with Anthony Byrne and House of Townend.

  Monica Blanco

Monica has been in the trade since 2004 where she spent her first four years on the analytical and technical side of wines and spirits with Corkwise.

  Wayne Donaldson (USA)

Wayne has experience in many of the world’s finest wine growing regions including Champagne, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, and California and knowledge of all aspects of the wine business

  Elunda Basson (South Africa)

Winemaker Elunda, masterly creates the sparkling wines that have become a household name at South Africa’s leading house of sparkling wine – The House of J.C. Le Roux.

  Razvan Macici (South Africa)

Razvan was born in Romania and raised in a family of winemakers. He holds a masters degree in viticulture and oenology from the University of IASI-Romania.

  Charles Hopkins (South Africa)

Charles is the inaugural winemaker and one of South Africa’s most highly regarded winemakers both in the country and abroad.

  Brenda van Niekerk (South Africa)

Brenda was born and raised on a farm in Keimoes, Northern Cape, South Africa. She had always been interested in grapes and the growing thereof, later sparking an interest in winemaking which has become her passion and her career.

  Charl Theron (South Africa)

With more than 40 years involvement in the industry Charl can be regarded as one of the stalwarts of the South African wine industry.

  Francois Naudé (South Africa)

Francois qualified and then practised as a pharmacist for 18 years in his home town of Pretoria, before making the break to Stellenbosch and turning a passionate hobby into an extremely successful career.

  Elsa Carstens (South Africa)

Elsa studied Enology and Viticulture, lectured at Elsenburg College of Agriculture and simultaneously studied further for her Masters Degree in Enology.

  Gillian Mary Balance (USA)

Gillian is wine director of the San Francisco—based PlumpJack Group, which operates seven restaurants, including PlumpJack Café and Jack Falstaff in San Francisco, and PlumpJack Café Squaw Valley Inn.

  John Worontschak

 John began his winemaking career at Petaluma winery in the late 70's whilst reading Geology at Adelaide University. 

  Jennifer Newton

Jennifer has been working in the food and beverage industries for over 20 years.

  Jenny Mackenzie

 Jenny has been a full judge at IWSC since 2012, after winning IWSC Associate Judge of the Year in 2011.

  Bruno Petronilli

 Bruno has been a food and wine journalist since 1992.

  Marisa D'Vari

Marisa is an international wine judge, fine wine writer, & educator in the MW program whose WSET Level 5 thesis was on “Marketing Wine to Millennials"

  Isabel Kottmann

As a freelance Wine Educator, Brand Ambassador, and Project Manager Isabel has had a colourful patchwork life that she enjoys every single day.

  Bill Rolfe

Bill was Marketing director at Unwins Wine Merchants before moving over to the other side of the industry and heading up the marketing department for one of Spain’s largest wine groups.

  Mark Chandler

Mark is a 30 year veteran of the wine business and currently consults in wine marketing and association management.

  Hugo Read

Hugo is a wine writer and educator. He’s also the owner of the Italian wine specialist supplier, Viavino. He grew up in a wine family and his whole life has been steeped in wine.

  Jukka Routala

Jukka has been involved with wine for the whole of his career, since 1985. Curerntly Jukka is working as a Key Account Manager in Hartwa-Trade /Royal Unibrew in Finland.

  Ian Naudé

Ian's winemaking career was a matter of happenstance. His father’s dairy farm included some vineyards, and to put them to use he began as an apprentice winemaker.

  Vivienne Franks

Vivienne has been a Wine Educator and Writer for the past 15 years. She runs WSET Courses for the Trade, and individually specified Courses and Tastings for consumers in and around London. 

  Michael Flynn (USA)

Michael was named Wine and Beverage Director at the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek in September of 2007. Formerly, he served as wine director and sommelier for Kinkead’s in Washington, DC.

  Jesse Rodriguez (USA)

Certified Advanced Sommelier Jesse oversees The Grand Del Mar’s exciting wine collections and programs for its five dining venues, the gourmet shop and catering functions.

  Rebecca Mahmoud (USA)

Rebecca's passion for wine evolved from her graduate studies in anthropology and a fascination with material culture. She is drawn to wine as a by-product of the culture that both produces and consumes it.

  Jaclyn Stuart (USA)

Jaclyn, co-author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide® to Wine & Food Pairing, is a certified sommelier with accreditations from the Court of Master Sommeliers and the Wine & Spirits Education Trust.

  Michael A. Schaefer (USA)

Michael is the Senior Wine Educator for Approach Guides Wine. He is a graduate of the University of Oregon, and holds both the Certified Specialist of Wine and the Certified Wine Educator.

  Karen English

 The making of wine has been a serious private interest of Karen's for many years

  Bill Traverso

Bill is a wine retail consultant, and professional wine judge with over thirty-five years of experience.

  Barry Lawrence

Barry has been involved in every aspect of wine all his life.

  Tuğba Altınöz

Tuğba is a wine educator, consultant and blogger based in Istanbul. Her passion for wine started with becoming an amateur winegrower in Bozcaada.

  Ronald Mills AIWS

Ronald has been tasting, advising on and selecting wines for many years. He has judged for the IWSC since 1997.

  Eugenio Ciccarelli

Cofounder and director of Dago Wines Ltd, I am also member of the panel judging for the recognition of the DOC Montepulciano and Trebbiano d’Abruzzo wines at the Chamber of Commerce of Chieti (Italy).

  Mike Walpole

Mike has over 30 years of commercial experience in the wine and spirit industry, many of those years at Diageo GB.

  Ginny Malan

Ginny has been in the wine industry for almost 7 years. She is predominantly a wine tutor and events manager and runs several wine courses, both consumer and WSET.

  Laura Mitchell MBE

Laura successfully completed her WSET Diploma in 2009. 

  Dave Thornton

Dave joined Waitrose in 1984 and has enjoyed an extremely diverse career with John Lewis Partnership to date. 

  Andras Bruhacs

Andras, a Hungarian born classical cellist, has been involved in wine since 1993

  Ann Samuelsen

Ann is a wine journalist, educator and an international judge. She writes for the Norwegian trade magazine APERITIF, which goes to all sommeliers, restaurants and hotels in Norway.

  Gabriela Perret

Gabriela has her own wine growing estate in Italy.

  Andy Cook

Andy has been a judge with the IWSC for the past 7 years. Initially Andy worked as a wine merchant and importer in the UK and France for 15 years

  Peter McKay

Peter started in the trade in his teens, working in the cellars at Royal Ascot. He has since worked in the Spirits,Brewing and Wines sectors for global and national companies.

  Steve Edwards

Steve has been involved with the IWSC since completing the IWSC diploma in 2003. He is a lay judge and part time wine educator passionate about demystifying the wine world for consumers and clients alike.

  Robert Montagu

Robert started trading as an importer of Italian wines in 1974 under the name Imports from Tuscany. Clients included Oddbins, The Wine Society and Trinity College, Cambridge.

  Colin Smith

After a lifelong love affair with wine Colin decided to apply some structure to his wine knowledge by sitting the WSET’s range of wine courses.

  John Freeland

John has been a lay judge since 1997. He gained a Ph.D. in high energy physics and went into the computer industry.

  David Richardson

David has been a lay judge at the IWSC since 2007. He states that it is a joy and privilege to work with such a diverse group of wine industry figures.

  Winifred Bowman

Winnie developed an interest in wine during her student days at Stellenbosch and later through frequent travels to international winegrowing areas. 

  Hsin Ju Shelly Lee

Shelly is originally from Taiwan, and began her wine journey after moving to Canada in 2008. 

  Edric Bonello

Edric Bonello has worked in the Wine Industry for the past 20 years. Edric is Director of Winetailors LTD.

  Adam Foster

Adam's affection for wine is the result of many years living in great wine-producing countries

  Jochen Erler

For more than 20 years Jochen Erler has been a freelance wine writer, wine consultant  and a permanent member of jury at the International Wine & Spirit Competition in the UK. 

List Of Judges
Full Name Judge Type Company Name Country
Adam Foster Lay Individual United Kingdom
Ake Nordgren Specialist Akebono Unlimited AB Sweden
Alison Eisermann Trade Individual Australia
Allan Cheesman Trade Individual United Kingdom
Amanda Regan Trade Individual France
Andras Bruhacs Trade Tokaj Classic Winery Ltd Hungary
Andrew Ford Trade Diageo Scotland Ltd United Kingdom
Andrew Page Trade Individual United Kingdom
Andrew Sparrow Trade Individual United Kingdom
Angela D'Orazio Chair Individual Sweden
Angela Mount Chair Individual United Kingdom
Angela Reddin Chair Individual United Kingdom
Ann J Samuelsen Trade Individual Norway
Anthony Westnedge Trade Anthony Westnedge Associates United Kingdom
Arno Pauli Trade Individual Austria
Arthur Naegele Chair Spirituosenakademie Ltd Austria
Azriel Obstbaum Trade Individual Israel
Barbara Abraham MW Trade Individual United Kingdom
Barry Lawrence Trade Individual United States
Bartholomäus Fink Trade Freihof Austria
Ben Booth Trade Individual United Kingdom
Ben Campbell-Johnston Trade Individual United Kingdom
Ben Stephenson Trade Hangingditch Wine Merchants United Kingdom
Bennie Howard Trade Meerendal Wine Estate South Africa
Bernhard Schäfer Trade Individual Germany
Bill Lumsden Trade The Glenmorangie Company United Kingdom
Boets Nel Trade De Kras Wines South Africa
Brenda Van Niekerk Trade Delheim South Africa
Brett Crittenden Trade Individual United Kingdom
Brett Fleming Chair Individual United Kingdom
Brian Howard Trade Wine Intelligence United Kingdom
Bruno Broger Trade Individual Austria
Carel Nel Trade Boplaas Family Winery South Africa
Caroline Martin Trade Diageo Scotland Ltd United Kingdom
Cathy Van Zyl MW Trade Individual South Africa
Charles Hopkins Trade De Grendel Wines South Africa
Charles Theron Trade US of Stellenbosch South Africa
Charles Maxwell Trade Thames Distillers Ltd United Kingdom
Chris Stewart Lay Individual United Kingdom
Chris Unger Trade Individual United Kingdom
Christine Rudman Trade Individual South Africa
Christo Pienaar Trade Nuy Winery South Africa
Christopher Horridge Trade Face United Kingdom
Christopher Weymouth Trade Wine Store United Kingdom
Claudia Schuetz Trade Individual Germany
Colin Deane Trade Individual United Kingdom
Colin Frith Trade Hazendel Winery South Africa
Colin Hynard Trade Freixenet United Kingdom
Colin Scott Trade Chivas Brothers United Kingdom
Colin Smith Lay Individual United Kingdom
Dave Hughes Trade Individual South Africa
David Cartwright Trade Individual United Kingdom
David Cowderoy Trade Crescendo Wines Ltd France
David Finlayson Trade Edgebaston Winery South Africa
David Grandorge MW Trade Individual United Kingdom
David Hargreaves Trade Individual United Kingdom
David Hodgson Trade Individual United Kingdom
David Lindsay Trade The Lindsay May Partnership United Kingdom
David Nathan-Maister Trade Oxygenee United Kingdom
David Robertson Trade Whyte & Mackay Distillers Ltd United Kingdom
De Wet Viljoen Trade Neethlingshof Winery South Africa
Derek Strange Chair Individual United Kingdom
Dirkie Christowitz Trade Moniswines South Africa
Douglas Murray Trade Diageo Scotland Ltd United Kingdom
Dr Andy Roediger Trade Roediger Agencies South Africa
Dr Binod K Maitin Trade United Spirits Limited India
Dr Jim Swan Chair Individual United Kingdom
Dr John Freeland Lay Individual United Kingdom
Duimpie Bayly Trade Institute Cape Winemasters South Africa
Duncan Mac Donald Trade Individual United Kingdom
Eddie Ludlow Trade Individual United Kingdom
Elsa Carstens Trade Montagu South Africa
Elunda Basson Trade JC Le Roux South Africa
Emma Kershaw Trade Individual France
Fiona Macdonald Trade Individual South Africa
Francious Naude Trade Chateau Naudé Wine Creation South Africa
Geneviève Samson Trade Individual United Kingdom
Georg Innerhofer Trade Haidegg Austria
Gert Boerssen Trade Wellington Coop South Africa
Ginny Malan Trade Individual United Kingdom
Gloria Collell Trade Freixenet SA Spain
Gordon Coates Trade Stone, Vine & Sun United Kingdom
Halvor Heuch Trade Arcus AS Norway
Harriet Fear Davies Lay Individual United Kingdom
Hugo Read Trade Viavino Ltd United Kingdom
Ian MacMillan Trade Burn Stewart Distillers Ltd United Kingdom
Ian Naudé Trade Individual South Africa
Ivan Dixon Trade Individual United Kingdom
Jack Whitaker MW Trade Individual United Kingdom
James Bochsler Trade Individual United Kingdom
James McEwan Chair Bruichladdich Distillery Company Ltd United Kingdom
Janet Dorozynski Trade Individual Canada
Jason Turner Trade Arachon T.FX.T Austria
Jeff Grier Trade Villiera Winery South Africa
Jeremy Wood Trade Adgestone Vineyard United Kingdom
Jim Murray Chair Individual United Kingdom
Jo Burzynska Trade Individual New Zealand
Jochen Erler Trade Individual United Kingdom
Jody Scott Trade Individual United Kingdom
Joe Minerva Trade Vinimpo (UK) Limited United Kingdom
Joe O'Rourke Lay Individual United Kingdom
Johan Malan Trade Simonsig South Africa
Johan Venter Chair Distell Ltd South Africa
John Barrett Trade Bristol Spirits Ltd United Kingdom
Jon Christensen Trade Individual United Arab Emirates
Jon Jackson Trade Individual United Kingdom
Jon Leighton Trade Individual France
Jukka Routala Trade Individual Finland
Julia Nourney Trade Individual Germany
Justin Knock Trade EMEA Fosters Group United Kingdom
Karl Lambour Trade Holden Manz Wine Estate South Africa
Kate Dowdeswell Trade Individual United Kingdom
Kate Webber Trade Individual United States
Kathleen Burk Lay University College London United Kingdom
Keith Bown Trade Vincor International Inc Canada
Kristina Beuthner Trade Individual South Africa
Laura Mitchell Lay Individual United Kingdom
Laurent Metge-Toppin Trade Château de l'Hestrange France
Lesley Gray Trade ABS Wine Agencies United Kingdom
Lilyane Weston Trade International Federation of Wine Writers United Kingdom
Linda Simpson AIWS Trade Individual United Kingdom
Linley Schultz Trade Alvis Drift South Africa
Lisa Palmer Trade Pernod Ricard UK United Kingdom
Lorna Hughes Trade Devinco South Africa
Louise-Ann Grinstead Trade Individual South Africa
Luciana Lynch Chair Individual United Kingdom
Maggie McNie MW Chair Individual United Kingdom
Margaret Fundira Trade Anchor Yeast South Africa
Marilyn Cooper Trade Cape Wine Master Academy South Africa
Martin Moore Trade Durbanville Hills Winery South Africa
Martine Nouet Specialist Individual United Kingdom
Matias Llobet Trade Miguel Torres SA Spain
Matthew Spencer Brown Lay Individual United Kingdom
Maureen Robinson Trade Diageo Scotland Ltd United Kingdom
Melanie van der Merwe Trade Tanzanite Wines South Africa
Michael Schaefer Trade Individual South Africa
Michael Hopkins Trade Berrymede Associates United Kingdom
Michael Schmidt Trade Individual Germany
Michèle Shah Trade Individual Italy
Michelle Cherutti-Kowal Chair Individual United Kingdom
Miguel Corte-Real Specialist Cockburn Smithes & CIA.SA Portugal
Mike Graham Trade Plumley Moore South Africa
Miss Lindsay Oram Trade Individual United Kingdom
Miss Mary Howard Lay Individual United Kingdom
Miss Nomende Kubheka Trade KWV South Africa
Miss Susan Hulme MW Trade Vintuition ltd United Kingdom
Monica Blanco Trade Individual United Kingdom
Monica Murphy Trade Febvre & Co Ltd Ireland
Mr Alex Redfern Trade Individual United Kingdom
Mr David Richardson Lay Individual United Kingdom
Mr David Stewart Chair William Grant & Sons Distillers Ltd United Kingdom
Mr Gérard Chaussée Trade Pages Vedrenne France
Mr Godfrey Spence Trade Individual United Kingdom
Mr Henrik Hammer Trade Individual Denmark
Mr John Howard OBE Trade Individual United Kingdom
Mr John Ramsay Trade The Edrington Group United Kingdom
Mr Julian Jeffs QC Specialist Individual United Kingdom
Mr Kevin Erskine Trade Individual United States
Mr Matthew Hudson Specialist Individual United Kingdom
Mr Neil Courtier Trade Grape Sense United Kingdom
Mr Nick Gough Trade Individual United Kingdom
Mr Nigel Shattock Trade IWSC Judge United Kingdom
Mr Robert Dale Chair Jaffelin UK United Kingdom
Mrs Deborah Collinson Trade Deborah Collinson & Associates United Kingdom
Mrs Jean Burgess Lay IWSC Judge United Kingdom
Ms Carolyn Holmes Trade Individual United Kingdom
Ms Dee Blackstock MW Trade Waitrose Limited United Kingdom
Ms Gabriela Perret Trade Individual Switzerland
Ms Janette Kelly Trade Individual United Kingdom
Neil Ellis Trade Neil Ellis Vineyard South Africa
Neil Pendock Trade Sunday Times South Africa
Neil Sommerfelt MW Trade Laytons Wine Merchants Ltd United Kingdom
Nick Room Trade Waitrose Limited United Kingdom
Nico Grundling Trade Grundheim Wines South Africa
Noel Sweeney Trade Individual Ireland
Ntsiki Biyela Trade Stellakaya winery South Africa
Olivier Paultes Trade SNC P Frapin & Cie France
Patricia Stefanowicz MW Trade Individual United Kingdom
Paul Harley Trade Individual United Kingdom
Paul Howard Trade Individual United Kingdom
Paul Quinn Trade Individual United Kingdom
Paul Stacey Trade Boutinot Wines Ltd United Kingdom
Paul Stringer Trade Laytons Wine Merchants Ltd United Kingdom
Paul Young Trade Individual United Kingdom
Paula Tewksbury Trade All About Wine Australia
Penny Champion Trade Individual United Kingdom
Peter Duerr Trade Agroscope FAW Wädenswil Switzerland
Peter McKay Trade Alcohols Ltd United Kingdom
Peter Morgan Trade Plumpton College Estate United Kingdom
Peter Nixson Chair Individual United Kingdom
Philip Goodband MW Chair Goodband Wine Services United Kingdom
Philip Tuck MW Trade Hatch Mansfield United Kingdom
Pierre Whal Trade Rijks South Africa
Pierre-Yves Bournerias Trade Institut Oenologique de Champagne France
Pieter Ferriera Trade Graham Beck Wines South Africa
Professor Jerome Schooler Trade Lurgashall Winery United Kingdom
Razvan Macici Trade Nederburg Winery South Africa
Rebecca Mitchell Trade Individual United Kingdom
René van Hoven Trade Individual Netherlands
Richard Rowe Trade KWV South Africa
Richard Girling Trade Individual United Kingdom
Richard Paterson Chair Whyte & Mackay Distillers Ltd United Kingdom
Ronald Mills Trade Individual United Kingdom
Rosemary Rogers Trade Individual United Kingdom
Sally Easton MW Chair Individual United Kingdom
Samantha Linter Trade Bookers Vineyard Ltd United Kingdom
Samuel Simmons Trade Individual United Kingdom
Sarah Greatorex Trade Individual United Kingdom
Sophie Rudge Trade Individual United Kingdom
Stephen Foster Lay Individual United Kingdom
Steve Edwards Lay Individual United Kingdom
Stuart Anthony Gilbert Trade Individual Australia
Susie Barrie MW Trade Winchester Wine School United Kingdom
Tariro Masayiti Trade Nederburg Winery South Africa
The Hon Robert Montagu Lay Individual United Kingdom
Thomas Kuuttanen Trade Individual Sweden
Tim Marson Trade Individual United Kingdom
Tim Stanley-Clarke Chair Individual United Kingdom
Timo Jokinen Trade TJ-Contrade Finland
Ulrich Hoffmann Trade Vivid Wines LLP Germany
Ulrich Zeni Trade Individual Austria
Vincent Gere Trade CLS Remy Cointreau France
Vivienne Franks Trade Aspects of Wine United Kingdom
Vladimir Gorodkov Trade Wines of South Africa/ Majestic DT (Pty) Ltd South Africa
Will Bartholomew Trade Individual United Kingdom
Will Davenport Trade Davenport Vineyard & Winery United Kingdom

 

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