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MEET THE JUDGES

Recruited for their unrivalled expertise, the IWSC judges are at the heart of our awards

Our judges assess each wine or spirit methodically to ensure a fair and true result, tasting and discussing each entry alongside the rest of the panel. Our panels consist of a mix of wine and spirit experts, such as leading sommeliers and distillers, influencers from every sector of the drinks trade, buyers, importers and distributors. The IWSC also runs an Associate Judging Programme in partnership with the WSET and Plumpton College, offering new industry talent the opportunity to gain judging experience. View the judges from 2019 below.

John Gibbons
John Gibbons

Cargo: Panel Judge

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Gus Gluck
Gus Gluck

Cargo: Panel Judge

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James Goggin
James Goggin

Cargo: Panel Judge

Empresa: Empirical Spirits

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Tobias Gorn
Tobias Gorn

Cargo: Chair Judge

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Joel Harrison
Joel Harrison

Cargo: Chair Judge and member of the Spirits Judging Committee

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Sarah Heller MW
Sarah Heller MW

Cargo: Member of the Wine Judging Committee

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John Hoskins MW
John Hoskins MW

Cargo: Member of the Wine Judging Committee

Empresa: Old Bridge Hotel, Restaurant and Wine Shop, IMW Examination

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Alex Hunt MW
Alex Hunt MW

Cargo: Member of the Wine Judging Committee

Empresa: Berkmann Wine Cellars

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Ulrich Jakob
Ulrich Jakob

Cargo: Panel Judge

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Roger Jones
Roger Jones

Cargo: Chair Judge

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Anne Jones
Anne Jones

Cargo: Chair Judge

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