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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.

Becky  Paskin
Becky Paskin

Cargo: Panel Judge

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Richard Paterson
Richard Paterson

Cargo: Chair Judge and member of the Spirits Judging Committee

Empresa: Whyte & Mackay

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Maureen Robinson
Maureen Robinson

Cargo: Panel Judge

Empresa: Diageo

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Aidy Smith
Aidy Smith

Cargo: Panel Judge

Empresa: The Three Drinkers

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David T  Smith
David T Smith

Cargo: Chair Judge

Empresa: Summer Fruit Cup

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David Stewart
David Stewart

Cargo: Chair Judge

Empresa: The Balvenie

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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

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Eric Zandona
Eric Zandona

Cargo: Panel Judge

Empresa: The American Distilling Institute

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