Wed 9 Aug 2017
The IWSC unveils shortlist for Spirits Communicator of the YearLondon, 9th August 2017: Ahead of the International Wine & Spirit Competition’s Annual Awards Banquet, the much-anticipated shortlist for the Spirits Communicator of the Year Award, sponsored by Chivas Brothers, has been announced. Made up of five renowned industry experts, this crème-de-la-crème of the spirits world have a collective 77 years under their belts of educating the public in their favourite subject matter.
The winner will be announced at the Annual Awards Banquet on the 15th November, and this year’s shortlisted individuals are as follows:
- Neil Ridley & Joel Harrison – Renowned drinks writers and commentators, best-known for their unwavering passion for fine spirits and cocktails
- Dave Broom – 12-time revered spirits author, journalist and educator. Lover of all spirits, with a particular penchant for whisky thanks to his staunch Glaswegian roots
- Olivier Ward – Gin aficionado, and co-founder of Gin Foundry – a compendium of gin information and commentary. Well-recognised as the resident gin expert on popular Channel 4 programme, Sunday Brunch
- Amanda Victoria – Described as ‘the face of elegant drinking’, with a background in bartending and a revivalist of the aperitif. Communications Director at The Scotch Malt Whisky Society and founder of popular drinks blog, Aperitif Hour
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- “When we win those trophies, people around the world listen. They are serious awards. The opportunity to sell more expensive wines with more personality in independents and the on-trade has never been greater.”Neil McGuiganCEO, Australian Vintage, 2015 IWSC President
- “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
- “The competition and the way it’s judged is outstanding. The wines go through the ringer so if you win any medal you should be very happy. The banquet night is something that all wine makers from around the world want to attend, so to come here is fantastic!”Neil McGuiganCEO, Australian Vintage, 2015 IWSC President