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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

Poste: Panel Judge

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Richard Paterson
Richard Paterson

Poste: Chair Judge and member of the Spirits Judging Committee

Société: Whyte & Mackay

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Maureen Robinson
Maureen Robinson

Poste: Panel Judge

Société: Diageo

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Aidy Smith
Aidy Smith

Poste: Panel Judge

Société: The Three Drinkers

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David T  Smith
David T Smith

Poste: Member of the Spirits Judging Committee

Société: Summer Fruit Cup

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David Stewart
David Stewart

Poste: Chair Judge

Société: The Balvenie

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Michael Vachon
Michael Vachon

Poste: Panel Judge

Société: Maverick Drinks

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Johan Venter
Johan Venter

Poste: Chair Judge

Société: Distell

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Eric Zandona
Eric Zandona

Poste: Member of the Spirits Judging Committee

Société: The American Distilling Institute

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