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International Wine Challenge

Straight to the point: The International Wine Challenge makes points-based medal system consumer-facing for the first time

The International Wine Challenge announces release of the IWC Points system for award-winning wines

The International Wine Challenge, the world’s finest and most meticulously judged wine competition, has announced today that it will be introducing a new scoring metric that will be displayed on its famous Gold, Silver and Bronze medals, giving consumers a richer understanding of a wine’s ranking in an instant.

The points system, based on a 100-point scale, has been used as a base at the International Wine Challenge for the past 25 years, to determine whether a medal will fall into the Gold medal (95-100), Silver medal (90- 94), Bronze medal (85-89) or Commended Award (80-84) points category. Never before has it been a consumer-facing system, but for the first time, medals with the number of points awarded to the wine will be available for the IWC T1 2018 results.

Chris Ashton, IWC Event Director comments: “The 100-point system has been integral to the scoring of the IWC for the past 25 years, whilst we’ll be keeping the classic medal system, we wanted to give a richer understanding of the ranking of each wine.”

They have already seen great success with this new system of scoring, Ashton continues, “Following many requests from our entrants, we consulted with the senior team of IWC judges (Co-Chairs and Panel Chairs) during the 2017 competition, and we are delighted with the unanimous support to roll out with the new IWC points score metric in the #IWC2018 Tranche 1 results and beyond.”

The 100-point scale is based on the traditional method that has been widely used by wine judges for the past 25 years. Typically, this method of scoring is based on the personal view and individual taste of a single judge. Ashton explains how the IWC has developed this approach, “The 100-point system used by the IWC has collaboration at its core. The IWC results are always arrived at by consensus, based on a number of tasters’ opinions. This means that each and every award is carefully considered and thoroughly discussed by a number of judges, not just one.”

“From now on, in addition to the panel of judges deciding on a wine’s level ranking, the Panel Chairs will add a point score for award-winning wines. Both those results will be confirmed by the Co-Chairs.”

This means that every award-winning wine will have been tasted by at least twelve different people before its final score is confirmed. The IWC Co-Chairs will have the final taste before confirming the score. The IWC Co-Chairs are some of the most experienced wine experts in the trade, including Sarah Abbot MW, Tim Atkin MW, Oz Clarke, Dr. Jamie Goode, Peter McCombie MW and Charles Metcalfe.

Charles Metcalfe, Co-Chair of the IWC comments: “Awarding points gives a more precise result within a category. It shows wine-lovers and producers alike if a Silver medal wine nearly won a Gold medal or was closer to Bronze. It will show which are the top Golds, many of which will go on to win IWC Trophies.”

Producers and distributors will be able to source the new medals from today, with scored versions available for wines scoring 90 points and above (Silver, Gold and Trophy).

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