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Francis Abécassis  /  ABK6, France  /  Brandy Producer 2019

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David Hood  /  Spirit Cartel, UK  /  Spirits Distributor 2019

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Abrie Beeslaar  /  Kanonkop, South Africa  /  Outstanding Wine Producer 2019

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Having celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2019, the IWSC remains as relevant today as it did when wine chemist Anton Massel founded the original format back in 1969

When Massel created the International Wine & Spirit Competition, his aim – as it remains to this day – was to reward excellence in drinks worldwide, ensuring recognition for the very best wines and spirits. The IWSC is proud to set the international benchmark for quality, standing out in the crowded world of drinks awards with hundreds of global experts – including buyers, producers, distillers, sommeliers, distributors and influencers – judging wines and spirits throughout the year.

2020 spirits judging: the verdict

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2020 spirits judging: the verdict

IWSC panel chair Joel Harrison lifts the lid on the judging in this year’s spirits categories, the challenge of finding the very best, and the trends, highlights and emerging talent of 2020

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IWSC Judges' Insight: Sarah Heller MW

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IWSC Judges' Insight: Sarah Heller MW

Sarah Heller MW is a Master of Wine and visual artist based in Hong Kong

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IWSC spirits judging complete, wine judging starts this week

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IWSC spirits judging complete, wine judging starts this week

This year’s wine judging is set to begin at The China Exchange in London from 4 August with tasting sessions for Northern Hemisphere wines

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Q&A with Talis by Cork Supply

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Q&A with Talis by Cork Supply

IWSC sponsor Talis provides premium cork stoppers for luxury wine and spirit brands

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Future 50 Q&A: Yuchen Zhong

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Future 50 Q&A: Yuchen Zhong

Yuchen Zhong’s company Yuan Kun Education is currently the leading education and technical consulting firm in the Chinese baijiu industry

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Future 50 Q&A: Victoria Chow

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Future 50 Q&A: Victoria Chow

Victoria Chow is the founder of cocktail bar and lifestyle brand The Woods, a trailblazer for the artisanal cocktail and spirits scene in Asia

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IWSC Judges' Insight: Rebecca Palmer

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IWSC Judges' Insight: Rebecca Palmer

Rebecca Palmer, associate director and buyer at Corney & Barrow, has 25 years of experience in the wine industry

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Future 50 Q&A: Konstantin Baum MW

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Future 50 Q&A: Konstantin Baum MW

Konstantin Baum MW, who runs the German online retail company meinelese.de, became Germany's youngest ever Master of Wine three years ago.

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