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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.

Veronika Karlova
Veronika Karlova

Position: Panel Judge

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Stephen Kennard
Stephen Kennard

Position: Panel Judge

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Sarah Knowles MW
Sarah Knowles MW

Position: Chair Judge

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Louis Lee
Louis Lee

Position: Panel Judge

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Julie Lee
Julie Lee

Position: Panel Judge

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Matthieu Longuere MS
Matthieu Longuere MS

Position: Panel Chair

Company: Le Cordon Bleu

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Amanda Ludlow
Amanda Ludlow

Position: Panel Judge

Company: The Whisky Lounge

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Eddie Ludlow
Eddie Ludlow

Position: Panel Judge

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Tatiana Mann
Tatiana Mann

Position: Panel Judge

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Charles Maxwell
Charles Maxwell

Position: Chair Judge

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Barry McCaughley
Barry McCaughley

Position: Panel Judge

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Davide Merlini
Davide Merlini

Position: Panel Judge

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Joseph Micallef
Joseph Micallef

Position: Panel Judge

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Virginia Miller
Virginia Miller

Position: Panel Judge

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Neil Moynard
Neil Moynard

Position: Panel Judge

Company: Compass Spirits

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Meeghan Murdoch
Meeghan Murdoch

Position: Panel Judge

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