Julian Brind Award nominee: Ruth Spivey
Sommelier and wine expert Ruth Spivey is the founder of Wine Car Boot – London’s Independent Wine Market – an alternative consumer tasting that promotes independent wine and wine shops. Each car boot is an independent wine retailer with a selection of wines to taste, buy, drink in or take out.
Wine Car Boot encourages people to ‘taste their way out of the supermarket’, and is hugely popular among both consumers and trade. In 2007, Spivey ran the eighth Wine Car Boot, which was the biggest edition yet with 1,500 attendees each day.
Alongside Wine Car Boot, Spivey also runs a speed tasting night called ‘Flight Club’, and hosts tastings, parties and dinners for private and corporate clients. She writes on wine for a wide range of national titles, and judges at international competitions including the IWSC.
Spivey said: “All of my ventures have had the common thread of getting more people drinking better wine from better sources. I fly the flag for fun yet responsible drinking (wine that’s better for the planet and palate), independent businesses, and open, clear and inclusive conversations on wine, enabling anyone from any background to feel confident, excited and enthusiastic about the wonderful thing that is wine”.
Judges said that Spivey is “a tremendous spirit within the industry” and “a trailblazer in all that she does”. “She created a brilliant and original concept and saw it through with drive, determination and imagination. A risk taker with radical vision”, they added.
The winner of the Julian Brind Memorial Trophy for Outstanding Achievement in the Wine Industry will be announced at the IWSC Awards Banquet on 14 November.
- “As a start-up brand you focus hard on achieving credibility and creating awareness. Winning Gold Outstanding and the Mezcal Trophy provided us with a level of credibility and exposure that we simply could not have achieved on our own. The awards helped secure key listings in Harvery Nichols and Selfridges and certainly played a significant part in opening up dialogue with potential U.S importers and ultimately securing one. I thought hard about which competition to enter and what the return on that investment would be. I can say with absolute confidence that the IWSC was worth every penny.”David ShepherdFounder & Director, Corte Vetusto
- “IWSC is a very important competition to us in terms of showing consumers our quality. It's one of the competitions that we definitely enter on a yearly basis.”Ian ChangMaster Blender, Kavalan Distillery
- “Out of all of the awards, the IWSC is probably the most prestigious and most honest awards. You choose your judges very well and they're very good, honest, decent people. They do it for the love of the industry.”Sukhinder SinghMD, The Whisky Exchange
- “The IWSC is a very prestigious competition. The prestige is a great thing to be able to communicate to our customers who have great respect for it.”David PorterOperations & Buying, Lea & Sandeman
- “The IWSC represents everything, without a doubt. There's no better competition in the world where you can judge yourself not just against your countrymen but against the rest of the world.”Andy AndersonWinemaker, Takapoto Estate
- “Fantastic company and fantastic award . . . In the wine industry, having an award like this is such an accolade.”Claire GriffithsCommercial Director, Vina Cono Sur
- “It's one of the greatest international awards you can get. It's similar to an Oscar, if you like.”Lenz MoserWinemaker, Yantai Changyu Pioneer Company
- “Because of the number of international judges that are tasting the wines and the number of wines that are being entered, it’s a great privilege for us to receive this award. The history of the competition, the standing that it has amongst the international wine world and certainly amongst one’s peers, to be able to get an award at the IWSC means a lot. There are a lot of competitions around the world – this probably represents the top award you could get as a winemaker.”Gary & Kathy JordanWinemakers, Jordan Wine Estate
- “It’s a great honour to win especially as nowadays people are focusing on the quality not just the numbers, so it does mean a huge amount getting recognition from an institution as well sought after as the IWSC.”Chris BlandyOwner, Blandy's Wines
- “This will be a recognition that will help in building the brand further, and building its prestige around the world.”Victor FuentesDirector General, El Coto de Rioja S.A
- “The IWSC is a well renowned, well looked up to standard and a symbol of premium products so it’s a great achievement to win any award.”Andrea FreeboroughCellar Master, Nederburg Wines