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Onwards and upwards
Harper's Wine & Spirit

Fri 11 May 2018

Onwards and upwards

Brexit and political tussling over the UK's place in the world is taking place alongside the growing global conversation around quality UK wines and spirits. Adam Lechmere, general manager of the IWSC, believes that the competition's organisers have seen 100% growth in English wine entries over the past four years.

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10 of the best jobs in drinks and how to get them: Wine or spirits judge
Drinks Business

Tue 8 May 2018

10 of the best jobs in drinks and how to get them: Wine or spirits judge

Tobias Gorn is a wine and cigar buyer (Boisdale Group), freelance shooting instructor and referee, director of spirits at Winefraud.com, and IWSC panel chair judge.

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This is what the drinks industry is saying about Scotland's minimum unit pricing
The Drinks Business

Wed 2 May 2018

This is what the drinks industry is saying about Scotland's minimum unit pricing

Adam Lechmere, general manager of the International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC), welcomed the decision to penalise drinks firms which produce “powerful cheap ciders and other horrible concoctions that are so obviously designed to get you drunk as quickly, cheaply and effectively as possible.”

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Morrisons’ £8 award-winning wine that is as good as bottles costing SIX times as much
Zlata Rodionova

Thu 12 Apr 2018

Morrisons’ £8 award-winning wine that is as good as bottles costing SIX times as much

An £8 Albarino from Morrisons was included on the "Top Ten Spanish Wines" list published by the International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC).

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5 great gins you may not have tried
BT

Mon 9 Apr 2018

5 great gins you may not have tried

As demand for craft gin continues to rise, we select five labels to add to your radar, including City of London Dry Gin, which has already scooped an award at the International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC).

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Winners by a nose, the 'Grand National' medallists that are all... thirst past the post!
Olly Smith

Sat 7 Apr 2018

Winners by a nose, the 'Grand National' medallists that are all... thirst past the post!

Olly Smith in the Mail on Sunday reckons the IWSC is one of the most exciting wine competititions around: “Wine awards are looking for more tangible ways to engage with wine consumers. Adam Lechmere, the general manager at the International Wine and Spirit Competition tells me: ‘As we move towards our 50th anniversary in 2019, we are positioning ourselves as the premium wine competition with a range of exciting new projects in the pipeline – not least a new consumer club, the Club Oenologique, which will give wine and spirits lovers access to some of the thousands of wonderful drinks we taste every year.’ So while a gong goes some way to celebrate a wine’s pedigree, potentially more exciting is the contest to access these wines. The race is on to win the backing of wine fans.”

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China isn't just a consumer of prestige red wine - it's set to produce on a vast scale, too
Victoria Moore

Sat 31 Mar 2018

China isn't just a consumer of prestige red wine - it's set to produce on a vast scale, too

If you’re still laughing at stories of Chinese wine drinkers ordering Lafite, and then diluting it with Coca-Cola, you’re out of date. Chinese taste has become more sophisticated, and more educated, and it’s happened very quickly. I recently tried some of them at an event put on by the International Wine and Spirit Competition.

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Time to chase China
Sumilier

Wed 21 Mar 2018

Time to chase China

Winemaking may have been the legacy of Benedictine monks in Medieval Europe who were also the nominated guardians of vines and cellars. But the original progenitors of wine - they are nowhere close in proximity. I attended IWSC’s first Chinese tasting in March 2018 where they revealed the medal winners of 2017.

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Easter wines: 7 top buys to enjoy with the Bank Holiday feasts
Xposé.ie

Wed 21 Mar 2018

Easter wines: 7 top buys to enjoy with the Bank Holiday feasts

Drinks editor Sam Wylie-Harris presents her Easter parade for spring tables, including Toro Loco Barrica Reserva 2013, a real steal that’s been awarded a silver medal by the IWSC (International Wine & Spirit Competition).

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Honoured for serving the gin industry
South London Press

Tue 13 Mar 2018

Honoured for serving the gin industry

A man who has dedicated his life to gin has been given an MBE for his services to the industry. Battersea resident Desmond Payne got the nod for working as a gin distiller for 50 years. The Beefeater Master Distiller had earned the company the trophy for best gin eight times at the International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC) during his 20 year stint there.

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Mariano Braga nominado como "Wine Communicator of the Year"
Vinetur

Mon 5 Mar 2018

Mariano Braga nominado como "Wine Communicator of the Year"

El argentino Mariano Braga ha sido nominado este año 2018, por segundo año consecutivo, como el comunicador de vinos más destacado del mundo por la International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC).

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For which awards should you put your spirits brand forward?
Neil Ridley

Mon 26 Feb 2018

For which awards should you put your spirits brand forward?

If you're thinking of entering one, just make sure its the Olympic equivalent, where the medals are indeed solid gold, rather than the foil-coated chocolate ones given out at the school sports day.

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6 Australian wines to drink on Australia Day
BT

Wed 17 Jan 2018

6 Australian wines to drink on Australia Day

These tasty tipples from Down Under will perk up the palate.

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6 wine and spirit trends to watch in 2018
Xposé.ie

Tue 9 Jan 2018

6 wine and spirit trends to watch in 2018

High altitude wines are in, single cask whisky is a thing and magnums are big news.

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Purity Vodka, the new undisputed best tasting vodka in the world makes official debut in U.S. market
Markets Insider

Tue 9 Jan 2018

Purity Vodka, the new undisputed best tasting vodka in the world makes official debut in U.S. market

Purity Vodka, the ultra-premium, award winning Swedish organic vodka, announced today its presence of Purity Vodka in the U.S. market. Over the last year, Purity Vodka has dominated the worlds blind tasting competitions, taking home a record number of highly sought-after awards, including being named as "Best Vodka in the World 2017" by The International Wine & Spirit Competition, simply because of its incomparable taste.

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Chinese winery recognized at 'Oscars' of liquor trade
CGTN

Mon 8 Jan 2018

Chinese winery recognized at 'Oscars' of liquor trade

For the first time, Chinese wine has been recognized at the International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC), which in industry circles is known as the Oscars for wine.

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 International Wine and Spirits Competition: Chinese winery recognized at 'Oscars' of drink industry
CGTN

Mon 8 Jan 2018

International Wine and Spirits Competition: Chinese winery recognized at 'Oscars' of drink industry

Chinese wine has been recognized for the first time by the International Wine and Spirit Competition, known in industry circles as the "Oscars for wine". China is now one of the world's biggest consumers of wine. The domestic industry is still little known overseas, but that hasn't stopped it from growing rapidly. CGTN's Zhang He reports.

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Q&A: Dalmore master blender Richard Paterson
Master of Malt

Thu 4 Jan 2018

Q&A: Dalmore master blender Richard Paterson

In 2017 – his 50th year in the Scotch whisky industry – Paterson was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the International Wine and Spirit Competition Awards. MoM speaks to the revered whisky showman to discover what it means to be a modern-day master blender…

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New winemaker scoops pool in first wine show
The Real Review

Wed 3 Jan 2018

New winemaker scoops pool in first wine show

Entering a wine show for the first time must be a bit scary. But a great result can be potentially life-changing as Andy Anderson discovered when he entered the first vintage of his brand new label in London’s prestigious International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC).

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