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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.

Maureen Robinson
Maureen Robinson

Position: Panel Judge

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Andreas Rosendal
Andreas Rosendal

Position: Panel Judge

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Sumita Sarma
Sumita Sarma

Position: Panel Judge

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Mark Savage MW
Mark Savage MW

Position: Panel Judge

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Andrew Shaw
Andrew Shaw

Position: Chair Judge

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Greg Sherwood MW
Greg Sherwood MW

Position: Panel Judge

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Sam Simmons
Sam Simmons

Position: Panel Judge

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David T  Smith
David T Smith

Position: Panel Judge

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David Stewart
David Stewart

Position: Chair Judge

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Lindsay Talas
Lindsay Talas

Position: Panel Judge

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Carmen Tam
Carmen Tam

Position: Panel Judge

Company: Adega Royale Limited

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Simon Taylor
Simon Taylor

Position: Panel Judge

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Marcel Telser
Marcel Telser

Position: Panel Judge

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Peter Turner
Peter Turner

Position: Panel Judge

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Michael Vachon
Michael Vachon

Position: Panel Judge

Company: Maverick Drinks

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Johan Venter
Johan Venter

Position: Chair Judge

Company: Distell Ltd

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Dirceu Vianna Junior MW
Dirceu Vianna Junior MW

Position: Member of the Wine Judging Committee

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