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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.

Billy Abbott
Billy Abbott

Position: Whisky Ambassador

Company: The Whisky Exchange

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Sarah Abbott MW
Sarah Abbott MW

Position: Member of the Wine Judging Committee

Company: Swirl Wine Group Ltd

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Andrea Altavilla
Andrea Altavilla

Position: Account Manager

Company: Bibendum

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Giusy Andreacchio
Giusy Andreacchio

Position: WSET Dip, AIS Sommelier.

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Amy  Armstrong
Amy Armstrong

Position: Founder

Company: Dry but Wet

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Vincenzo Arnese
Vincenzo Arnese

Position: Head Sommelier

Company: Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester

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Jen Aspell
Jen Aspell

Company: Casa Agave

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Sly Augustin
Sly Augustin

Company: Trailer Happiness

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Essi  Avellan MW
Essi Avellan MW

Position: Member of the Wine Judging Committee

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Elliot Awin
Elliot Awin

Company: Awin Barratt Siegel Wine Agencies (ABS)

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Sara Bachiorri
Sara Bachiorri

Position: Sales manager

Company: WoodWinters

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Isa Bal MS
Isa Bal MS

Position: Founder & Director

Company: Trivet

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Polly  Balding
Polly Balding

Position: Key Account Manager

Company: Fentimans

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Serdar Balkaya
Serdar Balkaya

Position: Head Sommelier

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Gerard  Barnes
Gerard Barnes

Position: Wine buyer

Company: Berkmann Wine Cellars

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Tom Bartram
Tom Bartram

Company: Speciality Drinks

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Edward Bates
Edward Bates

Company: Consultant

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Stephen Beal
Stephen Beal

Position: Chair Judge and member of the Spirits Judging Committee

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