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MEET THE JUDGES

Recruited for their unrivalled expertise, the IWSC judges are at the heart of our awards

Our judges assess each wine or spirit methodically to ensure a fair and true result, tasting and discussing each entry alongside the rest of the panel. Our panels consist of a mix of wine and spirit experts, such as leading sommeliers and distillers, influencers from every sector of the drinks trade, buyers, importers and distributors. The IWSC also runs an Associate Judging Programme in partnership with the WSET and Plumpton College, offering new industry talent the opportunity to gain judging experience. View the judges from 2019 below.

Andrea Diodoti
Andrea Diodoti

Company: Millroy's Bar

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Ivan Dixon
Ivan Dixon

Position: Chair Judge

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Eiméar Duggan
Eiméar Duggan

Company: Bombay Sapphire Distillery

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Joe Fattorini
Joe Fattorini

Company: The Wine Show

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Siobhan Feeley
Siobhan Feeley

Company: Sacred Spirits

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Simon Field MW
Simon Field MW

Position: Chair Judge

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Bernard  Fontanna
Bernard Fontanna

Company: Origin Wines

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Julia Forte
Julia Forte

Company: The Gin Club

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Dhavall  Gandhi
Dhavall Gandhi

Position: Panel Judge

Company: The Lakes Distillery

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Lois Gauthier
Lois Gauthier

Position: Distilling and Liquid Innovation Manager

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Rebecca Gergely
Rebecca Gergely

Position: Panel Judge

Company: Enotria & Coe

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Colin Hampden-White
Colin Hampden-White

Position: Spirits Judging Committee Member

Company: The Three Drinkers

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Luke Harbor
Luke Harbor

Company: The PIG Hotels

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Jimmy Harris
Jimmy Harris

Company: Glassmates

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Joel Harrison
Joel Harrison

Position: Member of the Spirits Judging Committee

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