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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.

John Hoskins MW
John Hoskins MW

Position: Member of the Wine Judging Committee

Company: The Old Bridge

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Alex Hunt MW
Alex Hunt MW

Position: Member of the Wine Judging Committee

Company: Berkmann Wine Cellars

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Roger Jones
Roger Jones

Position: Chair Judge

Company: The Harrow at Little Bedwyn

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Elizabeth Kelly MW
Elizabeth Kelly MW

Company: Marks & Spencer

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Richard Lewis
Richard Lewis

Company: Enotria&Coe

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Matthieu Longuere MS
Matthieu Longuere MS

Position: Chair Judge

Company: Le Cordon Bleu

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Tanguy Martin
Tanguy Martin

Company: New Street Wine

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Matteo Montone
Matteo Montone

Company: Edition Hotels

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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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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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