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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 it was changed to its current name. The new thing was that not only when evaluating sensory tests but also chemical analyzes were included. In the meantime, it has become one of the most renowned 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 tests take place annually from March to August in London, the publication on the IWSC website of the results and the award ceremony in November. Over 30,000 bottles can be stored in our own air-conditioned basement. Four bottles must be made available by the producer: 1. for the initial round, 2. for chemical analysis, 3. for the second round, 4. for any re-tests. They are divided into the categories region, area, type, type of aging, wine type, vintage, age etc., there are over 1,500 categories.

The evaluation takes place in a two-stage process. First, 250 professional tasters will choose one blind tasting carried out, 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 is a further tasting and the award of trophies. The second step is a chemical and microbiological analysis in an independent laboratory. The assessment took six months. In contrast to other competitions, the number of winners is limited to one gold (90-100), one silver (80-89.9) and one bronze medal (75-79.9) in each tasting category ensure the quality and prestige of each winner. The IWSC culminates in London in November with the annual award ceremony and a banquet with supporting program taking place in the historically important Guildhall in the City of London. The guest list, each with well over 500 participants, reads like "Who is Who" of the worldwide wine and spirits industry.

Every year, an outstanding personality from the international wine and spirits industry takes over the presidency of 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 under awards and wine Events,

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