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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.

Serdar Balkaya
Serdar Balkaya

Position: Panel Judge

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Stephen Beal
Stephen Beal

Position: Chair Judge and member of the Spirits Judging Committee

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Winifred  Bowman
Winifred Bowman

Position: Panel Judge

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Anne Brock
Anne Brock

Position: Panel Judge

Company: Bombay Sapphire

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Freddy Bulmer
Freddy Bulmer

Company: The Wine Society

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Ian Burrell
Ian Burrell

Position: Panel Judge

Company: UK RumFest

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Victoria Burt MW
Victoria Burt MW

Position: Chair Judge

Company: WSET

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John Cashman
John Cashman

Position: Panel Judge

Company: Beam Suntory

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Ian Chang
Ian Chang

Position: Panel Judge

Company: Kavalan

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Dawn Davies MW
Dawn Davies MW

Position: Member of the Spirits Judging Committee

Company: Speciality Drinks

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Emma Dawson MW
Emma Dawson MW

Company: Berkmann Wine Cellars

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Sergio De Luca
Sergio De Luca

Company: Enotria & Coe

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