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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.

Nate Brown
Nate Brown

Company: Twin Provence

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Freddy Bulmer
Freddy Bulmer

Company: The Wine Society

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Ian Burrell
Ian Burrell

Position: Member of the Spirits Judging Committee

Company: UK RumFest

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Victoria Burt MW
Victoria Burt MW

Position: Chair Judge

Company: WSET

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Sam Carter
Sam Carter

Company: Bombay Sapphire Distillery

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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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Qiqi Chen
Qiqi Chen

Company: Cheng International

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Marie Cheong-Thong
Marie Cheong-Thong

Position: Member of the Spirits Judging Committee

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Lee Connor
Lee Connor

Company: The Scotch Whiskey Society

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Alistair Cooper MW
Alistair Cooper MW

Position: Member of the Wine Judging Committee

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Sue Daniels
Sue Daniels

Position: Panel Judge

Company: Marks & Spencer

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Dawn Davies MW
Dawn Davies MW

Position: Panel Judge

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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