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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.

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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Maureen Robinson
Maureen Robinson

Position: Panel Judge

Company: Diageo

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Aidy Smith
Aidy Smith

Position: Panel Judge

Company: The Three Drinkers

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David T  Smith
David T Smith

Position: Chair Judge

Company: Summer Fruit Cup

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David Stewart
David Stewart

Position: Chair Judge

Company: The Balvenie

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Michael Vachon
Michael Vachon

Position: Panel Judge

Company: Maverick Drinks

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Johan Venter
Johan Venter

Position: Chair Judge

Company: Distell

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Eric Zandona
Eric Zandona

Position: Panel Judge

Company: The American Distilling Institute

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