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Each week we publish stories about the best wines and spirits, our experts, upcoming events, and beverage industry news. And, don't miss our new IWSC Insights series, where we take an in-depth look into drinks businesses and markets around the world. Looking for recommendations? Visit our consumer website Club Oenologique to read our top 10s and reviews.

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Supermarket own-label Champagnes scoop Gold

Waitrose and Sainsbury’s own-label Champagnes beat some of the most popular Champagne houses to win Gold (Best in Class) at the UK’s prestigious International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC) Northern Hemiphere Wine Results.   The Waitrose Champagne Brut NV, currently priced at £16.19, was rated against Boizel Brut Reserve NV (Silver), Champagne De Cazanove Grand Azzarart NV (Silver), GH Mumm Cordon Rouge NV (Bronze) and

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ProWein and Vinitaly Report 2011

Marketing manager David Kelly and Competitions Manager Bev Steer attended ProWein and Vinitaly and here are a few thoughts to as to how well the IWSC was received.   ProWein:   Our Austrian agent Arthur Naegele, who knows the Spirits hall inside out, was inundated with inquiries as to how the industry could make inroads into the lucrative German and Austrian markets. Our German wine

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IWSC to hold exclusive tasting at LiWF

The International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC), is once again showcasing a range of events and exclusive tastings at the London International Wine and Spirit Fair (17th-19th May 2011).  Click here   to view the tasting schedule.   Events and press announcements will take place throughout the three days on the IWSC stand located at G25 at Excel Conference Centre, London.   Highlights taking place

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Spirited couple scoops prestigious IWSC title

For the first time in its 42-year history, the International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC) has awarded its coveted Communicator of the Year award to experts from the world of spirits.   American-born Jared Brown and Anistatia Miller, both experienced mixologists and the authors of more than 30 books on cocktails and spirits, won the title; beating off competition from some of the world’s leading

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USA Tastings 2011

Judges assembled at the Culinary Institute of America on Friday 25 March for a full induction in the Rudd Centre in preparation for tasting USA wine entries in the International Wine & Spirit Competition. Philip Goodband MW, chair of the IWSC Technical & Judging Committee, presented the criteria & marking system to the group of 28 as they tasted their way through a range of

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45th VINITALY OPENS TOMORROW

45th VINITALY OPENS TOMORROW INAUGURATION WITH MINISTER SAVERIO ROMANO.   The President of the Veneto Region Luca Zaia, the Minister for the Cultural Heritage Giancarlo Galan, the Mayor of Verona Flavio Tosi, The President of the Province of Verona Giovanni Miozzi and the President of ICE Umberto Vattani all in attendance.   Verona, 6 April 2011. Tomorrow, 7 April, welcomes the 45th Vinitaly, the most

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GALA EVENING FOR THE 150 YEARS OF THE UNITY OF ITALY

GALA EVENING FOR THE 150 YEARS OF THE UNITY OF ITALY. BERLUCCHI, SANTA MARGHERITA AND THE MASTER OF WINE INSTITUTE TAKE THE VINITALY INTERNATIONAL AWARDS   Event organised for the presentation of UNA, the official Bottle of the 150th anniversary of the Unity of Italy promoted by VeronaFiere. Anistatia Miller and Jared Brown announced as Communicators of the Year. The Vinitaly International Awards were made

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IWSC partners with WinesDirect

The International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC) has signed a partnership deal with wine comparison website WinesDirect to promote medal-winning wines to consumers.   WinesDirect’s IWSC page will include Trophy, Gold, Silver, and Best in Class wines sold in the UK, along with tasting notes, stockists and prices.    Medal-winning wines can be searched for by colour, price, country, region, grape variety or retailer. “This

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Independent Retailer of the Year 2010 - Woodwinters

Independent Retailer of the Year 2010   Woodwinters wine merchant in Scotland was nominated nationwide by consumers to pick up this prestigious award. Set up by husband and wife team, Cara winters and Douglas Wood, they have two stores in Edinburgh and Bridge of Allon but serve a UK-wide and international community (mainly France and Spain) via their wine delivery system. The key to their

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IWSC Interview - Allen Gibbons MD

Each month we put the spotlight on a member of the IWSC team.   This month it’s our very own  Managing Director, Allen Gibbons .   How long have you been the MD? I became MD of the group two years ago, although I’ve been a Director of the IWSC for four years.   What is it like running the Competition? Running the Competition, any

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