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IWC chairman quits

Published:  23 July, 2008

Robert Joseph has resigned as chairman of the International Wine Challenge (IWC), and former Harpers editor Tim Atkin MW and former Marks & Spencer buyer Sam Harrop MW are joining the Challenge.

Jospeh said: The transformation of Wine International into Wine & Spirit and the change in the chairing structure of the IWC has provided me the impetus and opportunity to take advantage of two decades' worth of redundancy. This, in turn, will offer me the freedom to develop a number of other projects.

Having, since 1997, run International Wine Challenges in Bangkok, Beijing, Hanoi, Hong Kong, Moscow, Shanghai, Singapore and Tokyo, I'm looking forward to holding the first China International Wine & Spirit Challenge (with China Drinks magazine) in Shanghai in March and the third Russia International Wine Challenge in Moscow in November.

I shall also once again chair the Swiss International Airline Wine Awards in South Africa and the Tri Nations in Sydney (with James Halliday, Bob Campbell MW and Michael Fridjhon),' said Joseph.

I will also be working on The Wine Lover's Guide to the World (in book and online form), a study of the history and future of wine, and an e-newsletter (the,' he added.

The wine project is to make an affordable and attractively branded Bordeaux' wine with Grard Basset MW MS.

Atkin confirmed that, as an IWC co-chairman, he will no longer be a judge of Decanter's awards. Charles Metcalfe and Derek Smedley MW will continue as co-chairmen.