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Shortlist announced for The Distil Trophy for Retail Spirits Buyer of the Year Trophy sponsored by Brintex

The International Wine & Spirit Competition is pleased to announce the shortlist for The Distil Trophy for Retail Spirits Buyer of the Year Trophy sponsored by Brintex. Congratulations to all the finalists below. The award winner will be announced at the IWSC Awards and Banquet on the 14th November at London’s Guildhall. Tesco Lidl Marks & Spencer Waitrose

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IWSC 2012 Blogger of the Year Award Shortlist Announced

The International Wine & Spirit Competition is delighted to announce the Blogger of the Year shortlist. Congratulations to all the finalists below. The award winner will be announced at the IWSC Awards and Banquet on the 14 th  November at London’s Guildhall. Alice Feiring -  www.alicefeiring.com   Gregory Dal Piaz - Snooth  www.Snooth.com   Helen McGinn - Knackered Mothers Wine Club  www.knackeredmotherswineclub.blogspot.com   Ilkka Sirèn 

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2012 IWSC Independent Retailer Award Shortlist announced

The International Wine & Spirits Competition is delighted to announce the shortlist for the 2012 IWSC Independent Retailer Trophy.       Rollings Wine Company           Harpenden Flagship Wines                       St Albans Cambridge Wine Merchants     Cambridge Wine in Cornwall Ltd                Penryn Duncan

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IWSC announce The Tasting Panel Magazine as a media partner in the United States

The International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC) are pleased to announce that  The Tasting Panel Magazine  will act as their media partner in the United States of America.   Providing coverage regionally and nationally, The Tasting Panel Magazine will support the IWSC promoting the Competition and it’s medal winners at key points throughout the year.   Sales and Marketing Controller for the IWSC Group, David

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What is the allure of unique spirits – are they a taste sensation or just a fad?

The premium liqueur market seems to be bucking a wider trend of declining sales, with new products coming to market despite the tough economic climate.   Consumers are moving away from the lower end of the market and discovering the better value and taste in premium products.   Myles Cunliffe, director of Mixology Group, has suggested that consumers are starting to realise that a product

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The Virtues of Uncommon Provenance

If you think all good whisky comes from Scotland or all worthwhile rum from the Caribbean, you’re in for a big surprise says BRIAN NOONE. Unusual provenance is the story in spirits – and many of the new creations may well be better than the originals   In March, the world’s top award for single malt whisky went to the  Yamazaki 25 Year Old ,

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IWSC Hits Record Number of Northern Hemisphere Wine Entries

2012 has seen the International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC) receive its highest ever number of Northern Hemisphere wine entries.   The Competition has seen an increase in entries year on year, with 2012 seeing France scoop the most awards at the prestigious wine and spirit competition.   Old world countries dominated; France’s 827 medals were made up of four ‘Gold Outstanding’, 31 Gold medals,

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Award winning wines to be presented to Argentine Ambassador on occasion of London Wine Fair

Argentine wines that had been given awards at the International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC) will be recognised at a reception offered by Alicia Castro, Argentine Ambassador to the UK, to the wineries participating at the London International Wine Fair.   At the event, that will take place on Tuesday 22nd just after the fair’s opening, Ambassador Castro will address top producers of wine, importers,

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Spirito di Vino becomes IWSC Italian media partner

The International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC) are pleased to announce that Spirito diVino has become their Official Italian Media Partner.   Providing coverage regionally and nationally, the programme sees Spirito diVino support the IWSC by promoting the Competition and its medal winners at key points throughout the year.   Franz Botrè, Editor and Publisher of Spirito diVino commented: “The prestige and respect of the

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Food and Wine matching session to be hosted by Ewan Lacey at the London International Wine Fair

The International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC) will host a unique food and wine matching session presented by Ewan Lacey (as seen on Channel 4’s Cookery School) at this years London International Wine Fair.   The tasting, which takes place at 14:00 on Thursday 24th May (Stand G25), will see a number of IWSC medal winning wines matched with popular foods and flavours including olives,

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