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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.

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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Ian Burrell
Ian Burrell

Cargo: Panel Judge

Empresa: UK RumFest

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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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Ivan Dixon
Ivan Dixon

Cargo: Chair Judge

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Dhavall  Gandhi
Dhavall Gandhi

Cargo: Panel Judge

Empresa: The Lakes Distillery

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Tobias Gorn
Tobias Gorn

Cargo: Chair Judge

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Colin Hampden-White
Colin Hampden-White

Cargo: Panel Judge

Empresa: The Three Drinkers

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Joel Harrison
Joel Harrison

Cargo: Member of the Spirits Judging Committee

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Guy Hodcroft
Guy Hodcroft

Cargo: Panel Judge

Empresa: Master of Malt

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Peter Holland
Peter Holland

Cargo: Chair Judge

Empresa: The Floating Rum Shack

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Eddie Ludlow
Eddie Ludlow

Cargo: Panel Judge

Empresa: The Whisky Lounge

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Charles Maxwell
Charles Maxwell

Cargo: Chair Judge

Empresa: Thames Distillers

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Arthur Nägele
Arthur Nägele

Cargo: Chair Judge and member of the Spirits Judging Committee

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Bernadette Pamplin
Bernadette Pamplin

Cargo: Panel Judge

Empresa: Under the Ginfluence

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