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IWSC with Allen Gibbons

This show was published 16 October 2009


The International Wine and Spirit Competition this year celebrates its 40th year. In this interview with Executive Director Allen Gibbons we hear about the competition and judging process.

The IWSC is the only competition to judge northern hemisphere wines and southern hemisphere wines at different times of the year in line with the different harvest times to ensure an equal and fair process. The wines are judged in blind tastings (decanted and poured into glasses rather than blind-bagged) and tasted by vintage, variety and region to find the wines with the best expression. There are currently 300 judges from across the wine and spirits trade. After William Reed (owner of the International Wine Challenge) acquired Harpers from Nexus (who also own the IWSC) the IWSC has a new media partner, The Drinks Business. The number of entries is increasing year on year and last year 7000 entries were received from 80 countries.


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