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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.

Stephen Beal
Stephen Beal

Cargo: Chair Judge and member of the Spirits Judging Committee

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Bruno Besa
Bruno Besa

Cargo: Panel Judge

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Nick Bielak
Nick Bielak

Cargo: Chair Judge

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Jay Bileti
Jay Bileti

Cargo: Panel Judge

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Anne Brock
Anne Brock

Cargo: Panel Judge

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Freddy Bulmer
Freddy Bulmer

Cargo: Panel Judge

Empresa: The Wine Society

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Victoria Burt MW
Victoria Burt MW

Cargo: Chair Judge

Empresa: WSET

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John Cashman
John Cashman

Cargo: Panel Judge

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Ian Chang
Ian Chang

Cargo: Panel Judge

Empresa: Kavalan

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