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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