IWSC Group is the world leader in organizing wine and spirit competitions globally, including the illustrious International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC). In March 2015, The IWSC Group launched a North American division, which now oversees the SOM competition.
“We are thrilled to once again host the Spirits of Mexico competition in Atlanta,” said Dominique Love, CEO, IWSC Group North America.
“Last year, we made a number of enhancements to the competition by recruiting a new panel of highly-recognized judges and implementing new judging procedures that aligned more closely with the International Wine & Spirit Competition standards. This year, we will continue to grow the competition and award-winners will see increased visibility at the other events in the IWSC Group portfolio, including the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival and the Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair.”
Judges for the 2016 competition include Junior Merino, New York, NY; Jason Silverman, New York, NY; Clayton Szczech, Mexico City, MX; Todd Thrasher, Alexandria, VA and Kellie Thorn, Atlanta, GA.
Any commercial, agave-based spirit produced in Mexico is eligible for participation in Spirits of Mexico. Product samples are presented in flights in a blind competition and evaluate based on criteria consistent with the evaluation standards of the International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC).
All judging is by region/area, variety/style/type, and vintage/age with special categories for Craft Spirits (less than 52,000 cases produced annually). Judges base scores on appearance, aromatics, flavor, mouthfeel and finish, awarding a maximum of 100 points.
Registration closes on Friday, October 21. Registration fee is $100 for entrants received before October 1 and $150 for entrants after. To register and to view the complete lists of spirit categories, visit www.thespiritsofmexico.com.