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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.

Arthur Nägele
Arthur Nägele

Cargo: Chair Judge and member of the Spirits Judging Committee

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Eddie Nara
Eddie Nara

Cargo: Panel Judge

Empresa: Barrel Concepts

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Steve Notman
Steve Notman

Cargo: Panel Judge

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Mick O'Connell MW
Mick O'Connell MW

Cargo: Member of the Wine Judging Committee

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Nick Oakley
Nick Oakley

Cargo: Panel Judge

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Marcel Orford-Williams
Marcel Orford-Williams

Cargo: Panel Judge

Empresa: The Wine Society

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Sean Ou
Sean Ou

Cargo: Panel Judge

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Richard Paterson
Richard Paterson

Cargo: Chair Judge and member of the Spirits Judging Committee

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Sebastian Payne MW
Sebastian Payne MW

Cargo: Chair Judge

Empresa: The Wine Society

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Matt Pym
Matt Pym

Cargo: Panel Judge

Empresa: Pym My Wine Ltd

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