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International Wine & Spirit Competition

The international wine and spirits competition was founded in 1969 by the wine chemist Anton Massel as "Club Oenologique", in 1979 he was changed to today's name. The new thing was that when rating not only sensory tests, but also chemical analyzes were included. In the meantime, it is one of the most prestigious competitions of its kind. The aim is to raise and promote the quality of the world's best wines, spirits and liqueurs. Every year, producers from around 80 countries take part. The tastings and exams take place annually in London from March to August, publication via the IWSC website of the results and the awards ceremony in November. More than 30,000 bottles can be stored in our own air-conditioned cellar premises. Four bottles must be provided by the producer: 1. for initial round, 2. for chemical analysis, 3. for second round, 4. for any subsequent samples. They are divided into the categories region, area, variety, type of development, type of wine, vintage, age etc., there are over 1,500 categories.

The evaluation takes place in a two-stage process. First of all 250 professional tasters will be one blind tasting many of them are producers, not a few Masters of Wine, The wine review done with a 100-point system, For the best in each category there will be another tasting and the awarding of trophies. The second step is a chemical and microbiological analysis in an independent laboratory. The assessment lasted six months. Unlike other competitions, the number of winners will be limited to one gold (90-100), one silver (80-89.9) and one bronze medal (75-79.9) in each tasting category to ensure the quality and prestige of every winner. The IWSC culminates in London in November with the annual awards ceremony and a fringe-time banquet at the historically significant Guildhall in the City of London. The guest list, each with well over 500 participants, reads like "Who's Who" of the worldwide wine and spirits industry.

Every year, an outstanding personality from the international wine and spirits industry presides over the event. That was Cyril ray (1979), Harry Waugh (1981), Hans Ambrosi (1982), Robert Mondavi (1983), Marchese Piero Antinori (1988), Jos Ignacio Domecq (1989), Robert Drouhin (1990), Peter sickle (1991), Jean Hill (1997), Miguel Torres (1999), Baroness Philippine de Rothschild (2000), Warren Winiarski ( Stag's Leap Wine Cellars, 2001), Paul Symington (2004) Wolf pale (2005), Gina Gallo (2007), Prince Michael zu Salm-Salm ( Prince Salm, 2010), Prince Robert of Luxembourg ( Château Haut-Brion, 2011), Mauricio Gonzalez Gordon ( González Byass, 2012), George Garvin Brown IV (Brown-Forman Brands, 2013), Laura Catena ( Catena Zapata, 2014) and Neil McGuigan (Australian Vintage Limited, 2015). There is a partnership with the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition, See also below awards and wine Events,

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