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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.

Joseph Arthur
Joseph Arthur

Société: Bibendum

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Serdar Balkaya
Serdar Balkaya

Société: 67 Pall Mall

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Stephen Beal
Stephen Beal

Poste: Chair Judge and member of the Spirits Judging Committee

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Anne Brock
Anne Brock

Poste: Panel Judge

Société: Bombay Sapphire

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Freddy Bulmer
Freddy Bulmer

Société: The Wine Society

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Ian Burrell
Ian Burrell

Poste: Panel Judge

Société: UK RumFest

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Victoria Burt MW
Victoria Burt MW

Poste: Chair Judge

Société: WSET

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John Cashman
John Cashman

Poste: Panel Judge

Société: Beam Suntory

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Ian Chang
Ian Chang

Poste: Panel Judge

Société: Kavalan

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Nicolas Clerc MS
Nicolas Clerc MS

Société: Armit Wines

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Dawn Davies MW
Dawn Davies MW

Poste: Member of the Spirits Judging Committee

Société: Speciality Drinks

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Emma Dawson MW
Emma Dawson MW

Société: Berkmann Wine Cellars

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Sergio De Luca
Sergio De Luca

Société: Enotria & Coe

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