The IWSC Group

The IWSC Group is the world leader in organising wine and spirit events around the globe.

In addition to The Spirits of Mexico, the IWSC Group operates 5 others brands including:

The International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC), now in its 44th year, is the premier competition of its kind in the world. It aims to promote the quality and excellence of the world’s best wines, spirits and liqueurs.  

The IWSC receives entries from nearly 90 countries worldwide. No matter where the entry originates, whether it is youthful or aged, it is judged according to its class and treated with respect and consideration.  
The Competition has the support of many of the world’s top wine and spirit producers, setting the international benchmark for quality. The unique combination of detailed technical analysis and specialist judging panels means that gaining an IWSC ‘Competition Award’ is an exceptional achievement.
The Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition (HKIWSC) runs in partnership with the London-based International Wine & Spirit Competition.
The Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition is the first truly Asian wines and spirits competition of its kind in the world, it has been created specifically for the Asian market by those who know and are intimately involved in the region.
Supported by key factors such as: Chinese food and wine pairing awards; an award for Best Wine produced in China; and judging is conducted by Asia’s most esteemed wine judges from China, Singapore, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and India – including the competition’s Director and Master of Wine, Hong Kong-based Debra Meiburg MW and Chinese food and wine expert Simon Tam.
The competition results will offer the Asian wine consumer the ultimate guide to purchasing wine that is sensitive to the Asian palate and cultural consumption patterns.
Being recognised by the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition provides winemakers with instant prestige in the market. With the competition being the first truly Asian wine competition, the vast population of wine consumers in Asia, each year eagerly anticipate the results.
Taking place on the 16th November 2013 in MiamiSpirits of the Americas is a new venture that seeks to celebrate the diversity and innovation of distilling in the Americas by recognising the very best that’s out there and bringing it to consumers for their enjoyment.
This is done through the competition and the November event which showcase the breadth of the "Spirits of the Americas".
From Canada to Chile, the Americas have a diverse and fascinating culture of distilling using a variety of base materials from grain through agave to sugar cane and beyond.
The Americas have always had traditionally strong regional spirits whether it be the rums of the Caribbean, the Tequilas of Mexico or the Bourbons of Kentucky but recent years have seen spirits being produced in the most surprising of places whether it be vodka from Maine and Argentina, gin from San Francisco or absinthe from Philadelphia.
Come to encompass the fascinating and pioneering art of distilling, bringing together the distillers and consumers to learn, be entertained and most importantly taste! Enjoy celebrating with the winners of the Spirits of the Americas Competition and interacting with their expert distillers who will share their products, their passion and their knowledge.
The Spirits of Mexico 
Celebrating our 10th Anniversary 2013, the Spirits of Mexico events and Festival arethe premier tasting event platforms in North America for agave-based and other spirits produced in Mexico. Events showcase a variety of expressions of tequila, sotol, mezcal, bacanora, liqueurs, raicilla, wine and other spirits. 
Through seminars hosted by recognized industry professionals, guests learn about the history and culture of each spirit, current trends and appropriate tasting techniques.
It is our belief that through education on all aspects of these spirits, imbibers will consume responsibly and hold in the highest regard, the generations of master distillers and blenders whose art form is experienced in each delicious drop.
Celebrating the distiller’s art, The Spirits of Mexico brings together master distillers and blenders, authors, aficionados, mixologists, distributors, retailers, ambassadors; world renowned and new-to-market-brands; and above all, it brings together the surging group of admiring fans who have created the double-digit growth of Tequila and other Mexican spirits.
Find the Spirits of Mexico in San Diego, NY and Chicago
What Food What Wine?
As the UK’s first major food and wine matching competition, the concept is simple. We take a selection offavourite British, Christmas and Indian dishes, ranging from chicken tikka massala to apple crumble via fish and chips and roast lamb.
Using a crack team of food and wine experts , we find the best wines to match with each    dish. The aim is to help wine drinkers experiment with confidence when it comes to finding wines to go with their favourite dishes.
It will also differs from other wine competitions in that all wines will be judged true blind. The only details the judges will know is whether the wine is under or over £10.Ultimately, the only thing that matters in this competition is how well the wine goes with the food. It’s a completely level playing field for wines from all over the world – with all to play for.
Heading up the competition are TV wine experts and married Masters of Wine, Peter Richards and Susie Barrie. Matching wine to dishes created by Britain’s top chefs is what Susie and Peter do week-in week-out as wine presenters on BBC1’s Saturday Kitchen. It’s also something of a personal passion of theirs. Add to that the world’s best sommelierGérard Basset MS MW, with Guardian columnist and acknowledged food-and wine expert Fiona Beckett  to form a top team of food and wine experts.