Cathay HK IWSC 2023 Judges Successfully Concluded Judging
The 2023 Cathy Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition (HK IWSC) launched its highly anticipated judging week from 19th to 22nd September in The Arca. This prestigious event brought together a remarkable assembly of 66 industry judges, each possessing extensive expertise and qualifications. The judges' collective knowledge and discerning palates ensured a rigorous evaluation process, guaranteeing that only the finest drinks would receive recognition in the competition.
In a remarkable display of expertise, the HK IWSC has expanded its panel of judges this year to encompass a diverse range of specialists in their respective fields. The panel includes esteemed professionals such as Masters of Wine, Master Sommeliers, experienced sommeliers, renowned importers, wine and spirit critics, accomplished journalists, and knowledgeable educators. With the guidance on wine judging by VIP International Judge Craig Stansborough, Group Premium Winemaker of Accolade Wines, the judges meticulously assessed nearly 100 categories of wines, spirits, beer, and sake. To maintain the highest standards of result quality and consistency, all submissions were presented in a "double-blind" format, ensuring impartiality and objectivity in the evaluation process.
After review by KPMG, the 2023 HK IWSC results are ready for global announcement on 3 November via the competition's website hkiwsc.com and SPIT Journal. In Hong Kong, trophy winners will be awarded on stage at the 2023 HK IWSC Award Presentation Ceremony, held in conjunction with Hong Kong Wine and Spirits Fair (HKIWSF) by HKTDC. Since 2008, HKIWSF has been an incomparable wine and spirits platform for Asian professionals. The fair is set to return to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on 3-5 November. Media are welcome to attend the ceremony at 3:30pm on 3 November, in The Wine Gallery, HKIWSF, Hall 3C, HKCEC (1 Harbour Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong).