We run a structured and rigorous judging process. Wines not only are assessed blind by decision-makers but also showcased at the end of each judging session.
The IWSC runs a structured and rigorous two-stage judging process, first using the ‘double-blind’ judging method, meaning samples are tasted in pre-poured numbered glasses so that judges never see a bottle. Each spirit is judged by a whole panel in sync, allowing for group discussions.
Winning a coveted IWSC award isn’t easy, but that’s what makes the medal so well respected among trade and consumers alike.
IWSC judges are experts and influencers from across the wine trade and across the world. Wine are judged by the buyers, for the buyers.
Our Wine Judging Committee meets once a quarter to ensure the upmost integrity, accurary and impartiality during the judging process.
Why do we need multiple bottles?
We want to ensure that if a wine or spirit is faulty or a bottle is broken, we can serve a fresh sample to our judges to avoid any of your wines or spirits getting an unfair score. If your wine or spirit is put forward for a trophy, we will use one of the additional bottles in these judging sessions. In addition, we often promote winning wines and spirits at a range of both trade and consumer events throughout the year.
Wine scoring system
|An excellent wine with great personality. An example that stands out among its peers.||An accomplished wine with considerable personality, character and complexity. A classic example of its style or variety.||A perfectly well-made wine which provides an enjoyable drinking experience.|
Spirits scoring system
|Natural Gold 98-100||95-100||90-94||85-89|
|An outstanding spirit with a naturally exceptional balance, complexity and power. An example that immediately sets itself apart from others in the category.||An excellent spirit with an exceptional balance and rare and complex flavours. An example that stand out against its peers.||An accomplished spirit with good balance, strong character and good complexity. A classic example of its style or variety.||A perfectly well-made spirit which provides an enjoyable drinking experience. A good reflection of the category style.|