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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.

Sarah Abbott MW
Sarah Abbott MW

Position: Member of the Wine Judging Committee

Company: Swirl Wine Group Ltd

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Elliot Awin
Elliot Awin

Company: Awin Barratt Siegel Wine Agencies (ABS)

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Serdar Balkaya
Serdar Balkaya

Position: Panel Judge

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Freddy Bulmer
Freddy Bulmer

Company: The Wine Society

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Victoria Burt MW
Victoria Burt MW

Position: Chair Judge

Company: WSET

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Alistair Cooper MW
Alistair Cooper MW

Position: Member of the Wine Judging Committee

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Sue Daniels
Sue Daniels

Position: Panel Judge

Company: Marks & Spencer

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Emma Dawson MW
Emma Dawson MW

Company: Berkmann Wine Cellars

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Sergio De Luca
Sergio De Luca

Company: Enotria & Coe

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Joe Fattorini
Joe Fattorini

Company: The Wine Show

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Simon Field MW
Simon Field MW

Position: Chair Judge

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