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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.

Gearoid Devaney MS
Gearoid Devaney MS

Société: Flint Wines

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Ivan Dixon
Ivan Dixon

Poste: Chair Judge

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Joe Fattorini
Joe Fattorini

Société: The Wine Show

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Dhavall  Gandhi
Dhavall Gandhi

Poste: Panel Judge

Société: The Lakes Distillery

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Lois Gauthier
Lois Gauthier

Poste: Distilling and Liquid Innovation Manager

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Rebecca Gergely
Rebecca Gergely

Poste: Panel Judge

Société: Enotria & Coe

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Tobias Gorn
Tobias Gorn

Poste: Chair Judge

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Colin Hampden-White
Colin Hampden-White

Poste: Panel Judge

Société: The Three Drinkers

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Joel Harrison
Joel Harrison

Poste: Member of the Spirits Judging Committee

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Sarah Heller MW
Sarah Heller MW

Poste: Member of the Wine Judging Committee

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Guy Hodcroft
Guy Hodcroft

Poste: Panel Judge

Société: Master of Malt

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Peter Holland
Peter Holland

Poste: Chair Judge

Société: The Floating Rum Shack

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Christopher Horridge
Christopher Horridge

Société: Face Field Marketing

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John Hoskins MW
John Hoskins MW

Poste: Member of the Wine Judging Committee

Société: The Old Bridge

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Alex Hunt MW
Alex Hunt MW

Poste: Member of the Wine Judging Committee

Société: Berkmann Wine Cellars

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Roger Jones
Roger Jones

Poste: Chair Judge

Société: The Harrow at Little Bedwyn

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Elizabeth Kelly MW
Elizabeth Kelly MW

Société: Marks & Spencer

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