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The International Wine & Spirit Competition

International Wine & Spirit Competition

The International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC) is an annual contest which reviews and assesses several thousand wines and spirits from its London base. It has been run every year since it was founded in 1969 by wine chemist Anton Massel. The founder’s focus on chemical analysis is maintained today – every product recommended by the IWSC is tested by an independent laboratory after the awards are given.

The IWSC is organized so that all wines are tasted blind; glasses are poured prior to the arrival of the judges, so even the bottles and shapes remain unknown.

The judges themselves are drawn from an eclectic range of wine-related industries such as winemaking, wine-writing, distilling, retailing, distribution and hospitality. The medals the competition awards are bronze (75–79 points), silver (80–89 points) and gold (90–100 points). For class-winning wines, the mention 'Best in Class' is appended to the medal and award. Trophies are also awarded every year to products, producers, retail companies and individuals.

Each year, the IWSC is presided over by an elected president. Former holders of this office have included Wolf Blass (2005), Baroness Philippine de Rothschild (2000), Miguel Torres (1999), Robert Mondavi (1983) and Harry Waugh (1981). In 2010, the president was Prince Robert of Luxembourg (great-grandson of Clarence Dillon and president of Domaine Clarence Dillon), confirming the competition’s international character and the respect that it commands.

For complete lists of competition-winning wines and information on the competition itself, visit www.iwsc.net.

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Here are some wines that gained an award from International Wine & Spirit Competition.
Wine Name
Vintage
Award
Year 
Result
Awarded 
Popularity
Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Brut, Champagne, France NV 2013 Silver $56 55
Moet & Chandon Brut, Champagne, France NV 2013 Silver $51 56
Moet & Chandon Brut, Champagne, France 2004 2013 Silver Outstanding $69 56
Moet & Chandon Brut, Champagne, France 1993 2013 Gold Outstanding $136 56
Baron Philippe de Rothschild Mouton Cadet, Bordeaux, France 2011 2013 Bronze $10 82
Robert Mondavi Winery Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, USA 2009 2013 Gold $108 107
Chateau Musar Gaston Hochar, Bekaa Valley, Lebanon 2005 2013 Bronze $39 132
Robert Mondavi Winery Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, California, USA 2010 2013 Silver Outstanding $28 142
Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Artemis Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, USA 2010 2013 Silver $52 219
Cakebread Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, USA 2009 2013 Silver Outstanding $76 231
Robert Mondavi Winery Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, USA 2009 2013 Silver Outstanding $49 259
Bodegas Faustino I Gran Reserva, Rioja DOCa, Spain 2001 2013 Silver Outstanding $28 271
Piper-Heidsieck Brut, Champagne, France NV 2013 Silver Outstanding $40 272
Piper-Heidsieck Brut, Champagne, France 2006 2013 Silver Outstanding $66 272
Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino DOCG, Tuscany, Italy 2008 2013 Silver Outstanding $57 319
Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Estate Cask 23 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, USA 2009 2013 Gold $195 338
Ruffino Riserva Ducale, Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG, Italy 2008 2013 Silver $22 339
Taittinger Brut, Champagne, France 2005 2013 Silver Outstanding $71 349
Marchesi de Frescobaldi Castello di Nipozzano 'Nipozzano', Chianti Rufina Riserva DOCG, Italy 2009 2013 Bronze $22 352
Zenato Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOCG, Veneto, Italy 2008 2013 Silver $59 362
Nicolas Feuillatte Brut, Champagne, France 2008 2013 Silver N/A 383
Silverado Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, USA 2009 2013 Silver Outstanding $39 403
Sogrape Vinhos Mateus The Original Rose, Portugal NV 2013 Bronze $6 436
G.H. Mumm Cordon Rouge Brut, Champagne, France NV 2013 Silver $42 442
G.H. Mumm Cordon Rouge Brut, Champagne, France 2006 2013 Silver Outstanding $47 442
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