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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.

Harriet Kininmonth
Harriet Kininmonth

Société: Enotria&Coe

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Richard Lewis
Richard Lewis

Société: Enotria&Coe

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Matthieu Longuere MS
Matthieu Longuere MS

Poste: Chair Judge

Société: Le Cordon Bleu

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Eddie Ludlow
Eddie Ludlow

Poste: Panel Judge

Société: The Whisky Lounge

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Svetoslav Manolev MS
Svetoslav Manolev MS

Société: Flemings Hotel

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Tanguy Martin
Tanguy Martin

Société: New Street Wine

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Charles Maxwell
Charles Maxwell

Poste: Chair Judge

Société: Thames Distillers

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Matteo Montone
Matteo Montone

Société: Edition Hotels

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Arthur Nägele
Arthur Nägele

Poste: Chair Judge and member of the Spirits Judging Committee

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Stefan Neumann MS
Stefan Neumann MS

Société: Dinner by Heston

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Helena Nicklin
Helena Nicklin

Société: The Three Drinkers

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Mick O'Connell MW
Mick O'Connell MW

Poste: Member of the Wine Judging Committee

Société: Findlater & Co

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Nick Oakley
Nick Oakley

Société: Oakley Wine Agencies

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