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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.

Billy Abbott
Billy Abbott

Position: Panel Judge

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Ivan Abrahamsen
Ivan Abrahamsen

Position: Panel Judge

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Tuğba Altınöz
Tuğba Altınöz

Position: Panel Judge

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Roger Barnes
Roger Barnes

Position: Panel Judge

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Edward Bates
Edward Bates

Position: Panel Judge

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Stephen Beal
Stephen Beal

Position: Chair Judge and member of the Spirits Judging Committee

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Anne Brock
Anne Brock

Position: Panel Judge

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Bruno Broger
Bruno Broger

Position: Panel Judge

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John Cashman
John Cashman

Position: Panel Judge

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Ian Chang
Ian Chang

Position: Panel Judge

Company: Kavalan

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Dawn Davies MW
Dawn Davies MW

Position: Member of the Spirits Judging Committee

Company: Speciality Drinks

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Greg Dillon
Greg Dillon

Position: Panel Judge

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Ivan Dixon
Ivan Dixon

Position: Chair Judge

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Ludo Ducrocq
Ludo Ducrocq

Position: Panel Judge

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John Gibbons
John Gibbons

Position: Panel Judge

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James Goggin
James Goggin

Position: Panel Judge

Company: Empirical Spirits

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Tobias Gorn
Tobias Gorn

Position: Chair Judge

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Stephen Gould
Stephen Gould

Position: Panel Judge

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Joel Harrison
Joel Harrison

Position: Chair Judge and member of the Spirits Judging Committee

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