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Successful South African judging set to continue in 2012
IWSC News

Thu 9 Feb 2012

Successful South African judging set to continue in 2012

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

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Local South African wine company signs international exclusive with IWSC
IWSC News

Wed 8 Feb 2012

Local South African wine company signs international exclusive with IWSC

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

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Worldwide whisky-tasting event specialists Simply Whisky will feature IWSC medal winning whiskies at their events
IWSC News

Mon 23 Jan 2012

Worldwide whisky-tasting event specialists Simply Whisky will feature IWSC medal winning whiskies at their events

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

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IWSC announces its 2012 president
IWSC News

Fri 20 Jan 2012

IWSC announces its 2012 president

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

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Beam Announces Agreement to Purchase Cooley Distillery, Award-Winning Irish Whiskey Compan
IWSC News

Mon 19 Dec 2011

Beam Announces Agreement to Purchase Cooley Distillery, Award-Winning Irish Whiskey Compan

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.  

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A spotlight on the IWSC award-winning spirits of 2011
IWSC News

Sun 4 Dec 2011

A spotlight on the IWSC award-winning spirits of 2011

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.

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William Grant & Sons crowned ‘Distiller of the Year’
IWSC News

Fri 25 Nov 2011

William Grant & Sons crowned ‘Distiller of the Year’

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

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Popular Australian vineyard crowned ‘best winemaker in the world’
IWSC News

Thu 24 Nov 2011

Popular Australian vineyard crowned ‘best winemaker in the world’

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

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Waitrose awarded ‘Retailer of the Year’ for its wines and spirits
IWSC News

Wed 23 Nov 2011

Waitrose awarded ‘Retailer of the Year’ for its wines and spirits

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

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Manchester wine merchants crowned ‘Independent Retailer of the Year’
IWSC News

Tue 22 Nov 2011

Manchester wine merchants crowned ‘Independent Retailer of the Year’

hangingditch, an independent wine specialist in Manchester, has scooped the prestigious title of ‘Independent Retailer of the Year’ from the International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC).   The eclectic store which, in the three years since it opened has already notched up a string of awards, beat off competition from around the country to win the hotly-contested title.   Judges were impressed by hangingditch’s range

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