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IWSC finalist Jean Smullen hosts ‘Bubbles across the Waves’

Jean Smullen, a nominee for the International Wine and Spirit Competition’s (IWSC) title ‘Communicator of the Year’ will showcase sparkling wines from around the world at an Italian wine and spirits fair this week <April 8>. The tasting seminar, called ‘Bubbles across the Waves’, will present award-winning sparkling wines from countries ranging from Russia to New Zealand. Jean, who is based in County Dublin, is an accomplished wine educator and

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Brown-Forman Chairman assumes IWSC Presidency

G. Garvin Brown IV, Chairman of the Board of Brown-Forman, last week <Jan 9 th  > assumed the presidency of the prestigious International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC).   He took over the role from outgoing president Mauricio González-Gordon, head of leading Spanish wine producer, Gonzalez Byass, at a ceremony at the Spanish company’s cellars in  Jerez .   Mr Brown followed the tradition of

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2013 is set to be the best ever for leading wine and spirit competition

THE International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC), widely acknowledged as the most prestigious and independent contest of its type in the world, is accepting entries for 2013.   2012 was the most successful in the competition’s 43-year history and innovations across the board mean 2013 looks set to break even more records.   Allen Gibbons, IWSC Group Director, said: “At the IWSC we are constantly

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Celebrate Burns’ Night with these awarding-winning single malts

Celebrate Burns’ Night with these awarding-winning single malts Toast Alloway’s most famous son this January 25th with these award-winning single malts from the International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC) ranging from £5,000 to £42.    The Singleton of Glen Ord Single Malt Scotch Whisky 15 Year Old (Diageo Brands BV) £54, scooped the trophy for the best single malt 18 years and under.   While

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International and home-grown talent recognised at IWSC banquet

Last week – November 14th - saw some of the most prestigious names in the wine and spirit industry convene for the International Wine and Spirit Competition's (IWSC's) annual banquet, which was held at London's Guildhall. Over 450 people from the industry attended the event and had the chance to taste the   IWSC's   award-winning wines. The trophies for this year's competition were, as always, split

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Wine writers share prestigious ‘Blogger of the Year’ award

AN international award to celebrate the world’s best wine bloggers has gone to two prolific and highly-entertaining writers: ‘the Wine Anorak’ – Jamie Goode, and Helen McGinn from the ‘Knackered Mother’s Wine Club’. When the International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC) launched ‘Blogger of the Year’  for wine and spirit bloggers, sponsored by González Byass, it was inundated with entrants from around the world including

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Scottish distiller scoops one of the biggest prizes in the drinks world

Scottish distiller Glenmorangie has been crowned ‘Distiller of the Year’ – one of the most prestigious titles in drinks business – by the International Wine and Sprit Competition (IWSC). The trophy, presented at the IWSC’s annual banquet in London’s historic Guildhall last night <November 14>, was awarded to the distiller which demonstrated the highest qualities in a range of spirits. The title is the latest

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Tesco and Waitrose’s wine and spirit buying teams win coveted awards

 THE wine and spirit buying teams of Tesco and Waitrose respectively have been awarded the highest industry accolades by the International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC). Tesco’s wine-buying team, headed by Laura Jewell MW, James Griswood and Graham Nash, scooped ‘Retail Wine Buyer of the Year’ with judges praising its ability to react to key emerging wine trends to  ‘please possibly the broadest customer spectrum

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The Glenmorangie Company is named World’s Best Distiller

Iconic Scottish whisky is crowned 2012 Distiller of the Year at the ‘Oscars’ of the wines & spirits industry The Glenmorangie Company is also named UK Spirits Producer of the Year for second year running.   The Glenmorangie Company was the toast of the prestigious International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC) this week after being named 2012 Distiller of the Year. Glenmorangie was first named

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Bolney best UK producer

Sussex vineyard crowned UK’s best at the ‘Oscars’ of the drinks world A family-run vineyard in Sussex has been awarded ‘UK Wine Producer of the Year’ by the International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC). It’s the first time Bolney Wine Estate has won the prestigious title and comes after the estate’s sparkling Blanc De Blanc 2007 beat some of the biggest names in wine to

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