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South America: Diversity does the talking

Published:  24 March, 2023

David Kermode goes on a goes on a varietal journey among South America’s big players, looking at what commercial gains have been made in Chile and Argentina.


The IWSC, in partnership with Green Wine Future, announces new Green Wine Initiative accolade

Published:  20 May, 2022

The IWSC’s Green Wine Initiative award, in partnership with Green Wine Future, has been created to recognise the growth of considerate winemaking practices and highlight the impressive work being carried out by producers across the world to improve their sustainability credentials. 


Guy Woodward: Wine's 'social experts'

Published:  10 May, 2022

“The people of this country have had enough of experts,” said Brexit cheerleader Michael Gove in the lead-up to that fateful vote. Disdaining the leaders of the US, China, India, Australia and every EU country, as well as the heads of the Bank of England, the IMF, IFS, CBI and the NHS – all of whom he branded as “distant” and “elitist” – Gove argued that fans of Brexit knew best when it came to the economy.


Age as a thing of beauty

Published:  11 April, 2022

The concept of old vines has been a marketing tool for decades. From California to France and Spain, ‘vieilles vignes’ and other – unregulated – designations are a generally agreed-upon method of sending a message to the consumer. The message is usually about


IWSC partners with The Old Vine Conference for new trophy

Published:  23 February, 2022

Together, the IWSC and The Old Vine Conference are launching a new Old Vine Trophy award.


Long Read: Moonshine and fruit wine – a postcard from post-Covid Latvia

Published:  03 September, 2020

Pernod Ricard, Mentzendorff and Lucky Saint alum Hugh Jones upped sticks recently and headed to Baltic capital Riga where he found an emerging drinks industry with parallels to the UK's own. 


Guy Woodward: Back in the drinks world

Published:  02 April, 2020

With perfect timing, I start a new job this week. Yep – all the boxes are ticked: world in lockdown, nose-diving economy, stalled investments, uncertain future.


Top Selection bags award-winning Tuscan producer

Published:  03 February, 2020

London-based wine merchant Top Selection is to be the exclusive distributor for Tuscan producer Villa Saletta.


Ridgeview's Roberts named 2020 IWSC president

Published:  29 November, 2019

Tamara Roberts, chief executive of Ridgeview Wines, has been appointed president of the International Wine & Spirit Competition Awards for 2020.


Nominations open for WSET & IWSC ‘Future 50’ Awards

Published:  12 February, 2019

A new award has been announced that will recognise and celebrate leading lights in the wine and spirits industry.


The rise of Nordic gins

Published:  31 January, 2019

The gin market is a whirlwind of activity. According to the Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA), Brits bought over 60 million bottles worth over £1.6 billion in the year to June 2018, up 38% on the same period the previous year.


IWSC Spirits Communicator of the Year Award shortlist revealed

Published:  15 August, 2017

The International Wine & Spirits Competition (IWSC) has unveiled the shortlist for its Spirits Communicator of the Year Award.


Aldi pulls in 20-medal haul at IWSC

Published:  26 July, 2017

Aldi is having a good month.


The Wine Guild appoints Viscount Thurso as new Chancellor

Published:  06 July, 2017

The Wine Guild UK has appointed Viscount Thurso, Chairman of the International Wine & Spirits Competition (IWSC), as its new Chancellor.


Q&A: Joe Fattorini, IWSC Wine Communicator 2017, talks passion vs professionalism

Published:  28 April, 2017

Presenter and writer Joe Fattorini has made a career out communicating about wine.