• Liberty & Boutinot shine at IWSC Awards & Future 50 list

    As well as celebrating some of the world’s current leading players in wine and spirits at last night’s International Wine & Spirit Competition awards night it was also an opportunity to look to the next generation of business talent with the announcement of the IWSC’s first Future 50 Awards list, in partnership with the WSET, to recognise those individuals around the world that they believe will be helping to shape the drinks industry in the years to come. Here are the highlights from both the IWSC awards and the Future 50 list.

    As well as celebrating some of the world’s current leading players in wine and spirits at last night’s International Wine & Spirit Competition awards night it was also an opportunity to look to the next generation of business talent with the announcement of the IWSC’s first Future 50 Awards list, in partnership with the WSET, to recognise those individuals around the world that they believe will be helping to shape the drinks industry in the years to come. Here are the highlights from both the IWSC awards and the Future 50 list.

    mm By November 29, 2019

    The Future 50 list has also been created to help celebrate and mark the joint 50 anniversaries of the Wine & Spirit Education Trust and IWSC.

    Waitrose, Boutinot and Liberty Wines were among the main winners at last night’s IWSC 2019 awards which recognised both the work done by the drinks industry’s retailers, distributors and importers and the producers that make the wines and spirits that they sell. The event was the competition’s 50th awards ceremony and was jointly hosted by IWSC chairman, Viscount Thurso, and the 2019 president, Sir George Fistonich of New Zealand’s Villa Maria.

    Waitrose was once again named Supermarket of the Year for the fourth year in the row. Boutinot picked up the Wine Distributor award and Liberty Wines was the On-trade Supplier of the Year. Christine Parkinson, who for years headed up the wine division across the Hakkasan group of global premium Asian restaurants was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Sula Richardson from Phipps PR won the Julian Brind Memorial Trophy. 

    Last night’s IWSC Banquet brought producers and the industry together from all over the world

    Other key awards went to:

    The Future 50

    The final panel of judges who helped choose the Future 50

    It was also the opportunity for the IWSC, alongside the Wine & Spirit Education Trust, to unveil its first Future 50 list of individuals who they see helping to shape the drinks industry around the world in the years to come. The list covers 14 countries and a wide range of drinks careers and professions.

    The final 50 was selected from an initial nominations list of over 600, which through a series of judging rounds, and the help of an advisory panel covering 17 countries including Debra Meiburg MW, Ian Dai, James Tidwell MS and Pedro Ballesteros, was brought to a more manageable final shortlist of 82.

    It was then down to the chief judging panel to decide who made the cut. That panel included  Stephanie Macleod (master blender, Dewar’s), Richard Paterson (master blender, Whyte & MacKay), Xavier Rousset MS (restaurateur), Joe Fattorini (The Wine Show), Ian Harris (WSET) and Allen Gibbons (IWSC).

    To qualify for entry nominees had to be aged under 40 and to be able to prove they work in a profession that contributes directly to the drinks industry.

    Christelle Giubert, the IWSC’s chief executive in fine wines and spirits, said: “Narrowing down the 600 plus nominations we received from around the world was a rigorous and lengthy process, with each candidate showing a wealth of talent and expertise. We are confident that the final 50 showcases the brightest sparks of the wine, spirits and sake industries, and look forward to seeing their careers develop over the coming years.”

    Ian Harris, chief executive of the WSET, added: “We are delighted with the final Future 50 list. It offers a real showcase of the young talent that we have in the wine, spirit and sake industries globally. Each of the winners should be very proud of this acknowledgement of their contribution to the industry. We are looking forward to seeing them making their mark and shaping the future of our industry.”

    You can see the full list of the Future 50 by going to its website here.

    Name

    Category

    Country

    Adrian Goh De Jun

    Sake

    Singapore

    Agnes Herczeg

    Wine

    Hungary

    Amelia Singer

    Wine

    UK

    Ashtin Berry

    Spirits

    USA

    Chris So

    Spirits

    Hong Kong

    Christian Zhang

    Wine

    China

    Christina (Wanyi) Lee

    Wine

    China

    Christina Veira

    Spirits

    Canada

    Christine Clair

    Wine

    USA

    Dan Q. Dao

    Spirits

    USA

    Dr Anne Brock

    Spirits

    UK

    Emilie Steckenborn

    Wine

    China

    Fernando Mora MW

    Wine

    Spain

    Gus Zhu MW

    Wine

    China

    Hannah Lanfear

    Spirits

    UK

    Heidi Mäkinen

    Wine

    Finland

    James Forsyth

    Wine

    USA

    James Hook

    Wine

    Australia

    Jason Barrett

    Spirits

    USA

    Jennifer Regan-Lefebvre

    Wine

    USA

    Jessica Marinzeck

    Wine

    Brazil

    Joel Harrison

    Spirits

    UK

    Julie Dupouy

    Wine

    Ireland

    Julien Camus

    Wine

    USA

    Kelsey Ramage

    Spirits

    Canada

    Konstantin Baum MW

    Wine

    Germany

    Leonid Fadeev

    Wine

    Russia

    Lingzi He

    Wine

    China

    Lora Hemy

    Spirits

    UK

    Madison Pantlin

    Wine

    Canada

    Michael Vachon

    Spirits

    UK

    Micky Chan

    Wine & Sake

    Hong Kong

    Monica Samuels

    Sake

    USA

    Natsuki Kikuya

    Sake

    UK

    Nick Glaetzer

    Wine

    Australia

    Nick Korn

    Spirits

    USA

    Oliver Hilton Johnson

    Sake

    UK

    Paolo Brammer

    Wine

    Brazil

    Qian Janice Wang

    Wine

    Denmark

    Rebecca Gibb

    Wine

    UK

    Regine Lee MW

    Wine

    UK

    Ryan Hartshorn

    Spirits

    Australia

    Santiago Mayorga Boaknin

    Wine

    Argentina

    Sarah Heller MW

    Wine

    Hong Kong

    Sovna Puri

    Wine

    India

    Terry Xu

    Wine

    China

    Victoria Chow

    Spirits

    Hong Kong

    Will Lowe

    Spirits

    UK

    Yang Lu

    Wine

    China

    Yuchen Zhong

    Spirits & Sake

    China

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