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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 every glass put in front of them methodically to ensure a fair and true result, tasting and discussing each entry alongside the rest of the panel. Our panels consist of experts and influencers from every sector of the drinks trade, from buyers, importers and distributors to the specialists making and serving the drinks. View our judges below.

Wellington  Muromba
Wellington Muromba

Position: Wine & Spirits Judge -Sommelier

Company: BLACC Cellar Club

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Gregory  Mutambe
Gregory Mutambe

Position: Sommelier

Company: Twelve Apostles

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Greg Mutambe
Greg Mutambe

Position: Sommelier

Company: Twelve Apostles

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Arthur Nägele
Arthur Nägele

Position: Trainer & Adviser

Company: Die Spirituosenakademie

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Dr Abbie  Neilson
Dr Abbie Neilson

Company: Cooper King Distillery

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Stefan Neumann MS
Stefan Neumann MS

Company: Dinner by Heston

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Helena Nicklin
Helena Nicklin

Company: The Three Drinkers

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Julia  Nourney
Julia Nourney

Position: Independent Spirits Consultant

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Mick O'Connell MW
Mick O'Connell MW

Position: Member of the Wine Judging Committee

Company: Findlater & Co

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Nick Oakley
Nick Oakley

Company: Oakley Wine Agencies

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Pearl  Oliver
Pearl Oliver

Position: Bar and Restaurant Outlet Manager

Company: One&Only Cape Town

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Rebecca Palmer
Rebecca Palmer

Position: Associate Director & Buyer

Company: Corney & Barrow Ltd

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Bernadette Pamplin
Bernadette Pamplin

Company: Under the Ginfluence

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Christine  Parkinson
Christine Parkinson

Position: Member of the Wine and Spirits Judging Committees

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Rob Patchett
Rob Patchett

Position: Global Whisky Ambassador

Company: Cotswolds Distillery

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