We shine a spotlight on last year's trophy winners as the entry deadlines of 2012 approach. This month sees the first entry deadlines for the 2012 International Wine & Spirit Competition for Northern Hemisphere producers. Wine entrants outside the US, France, Portugal, Spain, Greece, Canada, Central America, Germany, Austria and Italy have until February 17th to enter the world renowned competition. Winegrowers
THE elite of South Africa’s wine industry met in Paarl to launch this year’s International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC) which will see a second successful year of local judging. More than 160 guests including the country’s leading wine makers tasted 150 medal-winning wines and spirits from last year’s IWSC – the most successful in the country’s history. The decision to taste wines
WS Media, publishers of the highly popular e-zine Wine Extra and organisers of The Wine Show, have signed an exclusive agreement to be the South African media partner of the prominent International Wine and Spirits Competition. The agreement gives TWS Media exclusive access to IWSC judging sessions, tastings and results announcements. In addition, TWS Media will also be showcased by the IWSC on various
Worldwide whisky-tasting event specialists Simply Whisky will feature International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC) medal winning whiskies at their events. The events will be promoted jointly and the IWSC whiskies featured will be clearly marked with their awards from the world’s most prestigious annual wine and spirit competition. The next tasting event is being held on Wednesday 25th January at Vinopolis, London for
MAURICIO González-Gordon, head of the Spanish wine and sherry producer González Byass, has been appointed the 36th president of the International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC). The chairman of the family-run company joins a prestigious group of IWSC presidents including Prince Robert of Luxembourg, Gino Gallo and Wolf Blass. Jerez-based González Byass was founded in 1835 by González-Gordon’s great great grandfather Manuel María
Beam Inc. (NYSE: BEAM), a leading global premium spirits company, today announced that it has entered into an agreement to purchase Cooley Distillery, the award-winning independent Irish whiskey producer. The acquisition of Cooley, the industry’s only remaining independent Irish whiskey distillery, will mark Beam’s entrance into one of the spirits industry’s fastest-growing categories. The purchase price is approximately $95 million on a debt-free basis.
As the deadline looms for all entries in the spirits category of the International Wine and Spirit Competition 2012, we shine a spotlight on some of the award-winning spirits of last year.
Unlike the wine category which has separate entry deadlines, spirit-makers from all countries must submit their entries by May 11th.
FAMILY-OWNED distiller William Grant & Sons, producers of Glenfiddich, Grant’s and Balvenie, was announced ‘Distiller of the Year’ at the prestigious International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC) awards banquet. The independent distiller scooped 54 medals and four trophies in the Oscars of the spirits’ world, seeing off competition from around the world to be awarded the sought-after title. As well as winning the
Popular Australian vineyard crowned ‘best winemaker in the world’ McGuigan Wines, a well-known brand among the UK’s 28 million wine drinkers, has beaten competition from the world’s finest vineyards to be crowned ‘International Winemaker of the Year’. In addition to the prestigious title, awarded by the International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC), the family-run Australian producer scooped 35 medals for its wine. The
OR the second year running, supermarket Waitrose has been awarded the prestigious title of ‘Retailer of the Year’ by the International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC). Sponsored by leading independent wine importer PLB Group Ltd, the title celebrates innovation in retailing wines and spirits, as well as the quality of the supermarket’s range. This year, for the first time, judging included an online