The International Wine & Spirit Competition was founded in 1969 and is the premier Competition of its kind on the international stage. Its aim is to promote the quality and excellence of the world's best wines, spirits and liqueurs.
Entries to the Competition must be available in commercial quantities to eliminate the possibility of "show" products participating and must be from an identifiable batch or lot. The Competition is unique in that all medal winners are subject to technical analysis before results are released. Products, which fail to comply with the EU legal requirements, can lose marks and in some cases may forfeit their award. Corkwise, the independent laboratory looks after the technical analysis of Competition winners.
Guardians of Quality
The Technical and Judging Committee gives independent assurance to the IWSC Board of the quality, integrity, accuracy and impartiality of the assessment of products entered in the Competition each year. Members provide expertise in all the Competition's product categories and disciplines and must be independent of the Competition, as is the chair, to avoid the potential for conflicts of interest.
Chairman of the Technical and Judging Committee
Philip Goodband MW
One of only 280 Masters of Wine in the world, Vintners Scholar, Conseiller d’Honneur to the Commanderie de Bordeaux and a former Chairman of the Institute of Masters of Wine in London, England. A fluent French speaker, Philip has worked in a number of countries and has been buying director of some of the country’s best known companies. He is a Certified Wine Educator WSET and a much sought after lecturer renowned for putting listeners at ease with his relaxed manner and entertaining communication skills.
Members of the Technical and Judging Committee
Technical Advisors to the Committee:
Sally Easton MW (Educator and Consultant)
David Wrigley MW, director of the WSET and technical director of the IWSC board
"The IWSC boasts the most highly qualified group of international judges of any wine and spirit competition in the world. We are inundated with applications from people who want to judge for the Competition, and have to turn people away every year. We make sure that our 40 MWs and our prominent trade judges from all over the world are balanced by knowledgeable consumer judges, who ensure that products are evaluated with consumer expectations in mind. All judges, including our MWs, must go through an induction process and a trial judging day before they are allowed to officially judge on a panel, and performance is constantly reviewed. We are not trying to be 'Big Brother', but we owe it to participating producers and the consumer to be as accurate and consistent as possible in our evaluations."