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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.

Sumita Sarma
Sumita Sarma

Cargo: Panel Judge

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Andrew Shaw
Andrew Shaw

Cargo: Chair Judge

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Aidy Smith
Aidy Smith

Cargo: Panel Judge

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Simon Taylor
Simon Taylor

Cargo: Panel Judge

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Peter Turner
Peter Turner

Cargo: Panel Judge

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Michael Vachon
Michael Vachon

Cargo: Panel Judge

Empresa: Maverick Drinks

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Johan Venter
Johan Venter

Cargo: Chair Judge

Empresa: Distell Ltd

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Dirceu Vianna Junior MW
Dirceu Vianna Junior MW

Cargo: Member of the Wine Judging Committee

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