Brown-Forman Chairman assumes IWSC Presidency

IWSC news

Wed 6 Feb 2013

G. Garvin Brown IV, Chairman of the Board of Brown-Forman, last week <Jan 9th > 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 other celebrated guests, including kings and queens of Spain and members of the British royal family, by signing one of their famous sherry barrels.
Founded in 1870 by George Garvin Brown in LouisvilleKentucky, Brown-Forman is one of the world’s top 10 spirits companies whose brands include Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, Southern Comfort, Finlandia Vodka and Herradura Tequila.  G. Garvin Brown IV is a member of the fifth generation of the Brown Family.
He joins a prestigious group of IWSC presidents including last year’s appointment, Mauricio González-Gordon; previous presidents have included Prince Robert of Luxembourg, Gina Gallo and Wolf Blass.
In accepting the presidency Mr Brown said: “The IWSC’s focus on quality – its recognition and celebration of quality brands – is the perfect antidote for so much that is gripping today’s consumer.”
Allen Gibbons, Group CEO of the IWSC Group, said: “The IWSC has always been honoured by the calibre of the men and women who take on the mantle of president of the competition and this week’s handover represented the passing of that honour between two of the great families of our industry.”
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Editors Notes:
About the IWSC
The International Wine and Spirit Competition, founded in 1969, is the premier competition of its kind in the world. Its aim is to promote the quality and excellence of the world's best wines, spirits and liqueurs.
All entries are blind tasted in groups divided by variety, region and vintage as necessary. Awards are made on a points system and sponsored Trophies are presented in selected categories.
The IWSC is supported by a group of Vice Presidents made up of some of the most influential men and women in the trade.
Each year, the competition received entries from nearly 90 countries worldwide 
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PIC CAP: G. Garvin Brown IV follows the age-old tradition of signing the barrels at Gonzalez Byass’ Jerezcellars as he takes on the new role of IWSC President 2013