Brexit and political tussling over the UK's place in the world is taking place alongside the growing global conversation around quality UK wines and spirits.
Adam Lechmere, general manager of the IWSC, believes that the competition's organisers have seen 100% growth in English wine entries over the past four years.
Adam Lechmere, general manager of the International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC), welcomed the decision to penalise drinks firms which produce “powerful cheap ciders and other horrible concoctions that are so obviously designed to get you drunk as quickly, cheaply and effectively as possible.”
As demand for craft gin continues to rise, we select five labels to add to your radar, including City of London Dry Gin, which has already scooped an award at the International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC).
Olly Smith in the Mail on Sunday reckons the IWSC is one of the most exciting wine competititions around: “Wine awards are looking for more tangible ways to engage with wine consumers. Adam Lechmere, the general manager at the International Wine and Spirit Competition tells me: ‘As we move towards our 50th anniversary in 2019, we are positioning ourselves as the premium wine competition with a range of exciting new projects in the pipeline – not least a new consumer club, the Club Oenologique, which will give wine and spirits lovers access to some of the thousands of wonderful drinks we taste every year.’ So while a gong goes some way to celebrate a wine’s pedigree, potentially more exciting is the contest to access these wines. The race is on to win the backing of wine fans.”
If you’re still laughing at stories of Chinese wine drinkers ordering Lafite, and then diluting it with Coca-Cola, you’re out of date. Chinese taste has become more sophisticated, and more educated, and it’s happened very quickly.
I recently tried some of them at an event put on by the International Wine and Spirit Competition.
Winemaking may have been the legacy of Benedictine monks in Medieval Europe who were also the nominated guardians of vines and cellars. But the original progenitors of wine - they are nowhere close in proximity. I attended IWSC’s first Chinese tasting in March 2018 where they revealed the medal winners of 2017.
Drinks editor Sam Wylie-Harris presents her Easter parade for spring tables, including Toro Loco Barrica Reserva 2013, a real steal that’s been awarded a silver medal by the IWSC (International Wine & Spirit Competition).
A man who has dedicated his life to gin has been given an MBE for his services to the industry.
Battersea resident Desmond Payne got the nod for working as a gin distiller for 50 years.
The Beefeater Master Distiller had earned the company the trophy for best gin eight times at the International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC) during his 20 year stint there.