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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.

Gabriela Moncada
Gabriela Moncada

Company: Speciality Drinks

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Deano Moncrieffe
Deano Moncrieffe

Company: Equal Measures

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Meeghan Murdoch
Meeghan Murdoch

Position: Panel Judge

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Arthur Nägele
Arthur Nägele

Position: Chair Judge and member of the Spirits Judging Committee

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Dr Abbie Neilson
Dr Abbie Neilson

Company: Cooper King Distillery

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Stefan Neumann MS
Stefan Neumann MS

Company: Dinner by Heston

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Helena Nicklin
Helena Nicklin

Company: The Three Drinkers

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Mick O'Connell MW
Mick O'Connell MW

Position: Panel Judge

Company: Findlater & Co

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Nick Oakley
Nick Oakley

Company: Oakley Wine Agencies

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Bernadette Pamplin
Bernadette Pamplin

Position: Panel Judge

Company: Under the Ginfluence

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Christine  Parkinson
Christine Parkinson

Position: Member of the Wine and Spirits Judging Committees

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Becky  Paskin
Becky Paskin

Position: Panel Judge

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Richard Paterson
Richard Paterson

Position: Chair Judge and member of the Spirits Judging Committee

Company: Whyte & Mackay

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