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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.

Stephen Beal
Stephen Beal

Position: Chair Judge and member of the Spirits Judging Committee

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Winifred  Bowman
Winifred Bowman

Position: Panel Judge

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Anne Brock
Anne Brock

Position: Panel Judge

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Ian Burrell
Ian Burrell

Position: Panel Judge

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John Cashman
John Cashman

Position: Panel Judge

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Ian Chang
Ian Chang

Position: Panel Judge

Company: Kavalan

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Dawn Davies MW
Dawn Davies MW

Position: Member of the Spirits Judging Committee

Company: Speciality Drinks

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Ivan Dixon
Ivan Dixon

Position: Chair Judge

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Dhavall  Gandhi
Dhavall Gandhi

Position: Panel Judge

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Tobias Gorn
Tobias Gorn

Position: Chair Judge

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Joel Harrison
Joel Harrison

Position: Chair Judge and member of the Spirits Judging Committee

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Guy Hodcroft
Guy Hodcroft

Position: Panel Judge

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Peter Holland
Peter Holland

Position: Chair Judge

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Anne Jones
Anne Jones

Position: Chair Judge

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Eddie Ludlow
Eddie Ludlow

Position: Panel Judge

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Tatiana Mann
Tatiana Mann

Position: Panel Judge

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Charles Maxwell
Charles Maxwell

Position: Chair Judge

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Arthur Nägele
Arthur Nägele

Position: Chair Judge and member of the Spirits Judging Committee

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