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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.

Serdar Balkaya
Serdar Balkaya

Empresa: 67 Pall Mall

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Stephen Beal
Stephen Beal

Cargo: Chair Judge and member of the Spirits Judging Committee

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Anne Brock
Anne Brock

Cargo: Panel Judge

Empresa: Bombay Sapphire

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Freddy Bulmer
Freddy Bulmer

Empresa: The Wine Society

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Ian Burrell
Ian Burrell

Cargo: Panel Judge

Empresa: UK RumFest

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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

Empresa: Beam Suntory

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Ian Chang
Ian Chang

Cargo: Panel Judge

Empresa: Kavalan

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Dawn Davies MW
Dawn Davies MW

Cargo: Member of the Spirits Judging Committee

Empresa: Speciality Drinks

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Emma Dawson MW
Emma Dawson MW

Empresa: Berkmann Wine Cellars

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Sergio De Luca
Sergio De Luca

Empresa: Enotria & Coe

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