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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.

Sam Carter
Sam Carter

Position: Senior Bombay Sapphire Brand Ambassador

Company: Bombay Sapphire Distillery

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John Cashman
John Cashman

Company: Beam Suntory

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Salvatore Castano
Salvatore Castano

Position: On Trade Advisor & Wine Buyer at Friarwood Fine Wines

Company: Friarwood

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Matt Chambers
Matt Chambers

Position: Founder & Director

Company: Whisky For Everyone Ltd

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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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Davit  Chichua
Davit Chichua

Position: Director at Institute for Viticulture and Oenology

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Irakli  Cholobargia
Irakli Cholobargia

Position: Marketing Consultant, Wines & Spirits

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Megan Clarke
Megan Clarke

Position: Wine buyer

Company: Ellis of Richmond ltd

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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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Daniel  Crowther
Daniel Crowther

Position: Director

Company: Hedonist Drinks

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Harry Crowther
Harry Crowther

Position: Wine buyer

Company: Good Pair Days

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Gogi  Dakishvili
Gogi Dakishvili

Position: Founder and Head Winemaker at Dakishvili Family Vineyards

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Sue Daniels
Sue Daniels

Company: Marks & Spencer

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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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