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Published:  23 July, 2008

The International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC) is to change its marking system from 2005. The new system is being introduced following market research; a discussion with IWSC judges, vice presidents and sponsors; and consultation with the IWSC technical and judging committee. From 2005: Awards will be given for all products reaching the required score (that is, three gold medal-scoring products in the same flight will all receive gold medals). The top-scoring product in each class will receive best in class' (maintaining the Olympic' principle of first past the post). All best-in-class products will go forward for the trophy tasting. The mark for receiving a bronze medal will be raised from 70 to 75. A best-in-class supplement will be produced. Analysis will be carried out on all silver, gold and best-in-class products. Class winners will receive best-in-class symbols. All entrants will receive a winner's pack, indicating what is received.

The following levels will need to be reached to achieve an award: 90-100: Gold - outstanding example; setting the standard 80-89.9: Silver - fine example; excellent quality 75-79.9: Bronze - good example; well above average

Explanations for products not receiving an award will be as follows: 66-74.9: good but not award-worthy 50-65.9: adequate Below 50: faulty product - to be analysed

David Wrigley MW, chairman of the IWSC technical and judging committee, said: We are delighted that the competition has found a positive way to respond to its increasingly important retailer and consumer audience. The introduction of this new marking system highlights our commitment to consumers, retailers and producers, and we look forward to the continued growth of the competition.' For more information, contact Maryan Hook at