Wine awards are super important. You’re judged at a similar level to other wines and to come out on top means that people trust what you’re doing.
Tamara Roberts / Ridgeview Wine Estate, UK / IWSC President 2020
An IWSC accolade is one of the key pieces of getting your name out there, to actually tell people not only that you exist but also that you have quality, that you are a great product.
Billy Abbott / The Whisky Exchange / 2022 Spirits Communicator of the Year, shortlist
Some of the most discerning and demanding palates in the spirits industry can be found at the IWSC’s judging sessions, so achieving any kind of medal is no mean feat!
Guy Hodcroft / Bordeaux Index / Judge
One of the biggest successes we can point to off the back of our IWSC awards, are the largescale customers we have won as a direct result of the award.
John Hall / Trevethan Distillery / 2021 UK Gin Producer Trophy
In a competition where the bar is high – the IWSC wine judging process is fair but demanding so achieving a medal is meaningful.
Rebecca Palmer / Corney & Barrow / Judge
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Ahead of our Spirits Results Announcement - including Mixers - on Monday 27th March, we caught up with Tom Singleton, Business Director at Franklin & Sons - sponsor of the IWSC Mixer Awards - on the rich history of their brand as well as key trends in hospitality plus their signature serves and sustainability initiatives.Continue reading
Another of our biggest categories is Gin. Following three days of judging we hear from Olivier Ward about what he and members of the judging panels thought of this year’s entrants.Continue reading
Whisky is a major category for the IWSC spirits awards, and as we look beyond Scotch, we catch up with Spirits Judging Committee member Dawn Davies MW who oversaw two days of worldwide whiskey judging.Continue reading
The IWSC recently teamed up with The Buyer to discuss the role awards play in the trade. Joining Richard Siddle are buyers Cat Lomax and Rebecca Palmer, together with David Kermode and Dirceu Vianna Junior MW who share their thoughts on why competitions are important for producers to enter in order to get their wines in front of the people who matter.Continue reading
As we hit the mid-way mark of our first week of spirits judging, we caught up with David T Smith who was overseeing our vodka judging panels today.Continue reading
After a second full day of Scotch whisky judging, we caught up with Becky Paskin to hear how the tasting was going.Continue reading
To support the Conseil Interprofessionnel des Vins d’Alsace (CIVA) in its selection of wines to be showcased at the upcoming ProWein 2023, the IWSC was once again asked to bring together an expert panel of specialist judges.Continue reading
Discover the 2023 winner of our Spirits Supermarket Trophy …Continue reading
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