The IWC Merchant Awards UK judging panel is headed by Tim Atkin MW and Charles Metcalfe. They will be joined each year by 3 guest judges, who will be confirmed in May 2017.
Tim is a British wine writer with an international following, with more than 25 awards to his name, including the 2009 Louis Roederer Wine Columnist of the Year and the 2011 Louis Roederer International Wine Website of the Year. In 2012, he was selected as one of the ten most influential people in the world of wine by Wine Intelligence.
He is Wine Editor at Large of OLN (Off-Licence News) and also writes for Woman and Home, The World of Fine Wine, Gourmet Traveller Wine, Imbibe, The Economist's Intelligent Life and his own website, www.timatkin.com. Tim appears regularly on BBC One's Saturday Kitchen as one of the team of resident wine experts.
Tim judges wine all over the world and is the chairman of the Top 100 South African Wines and the Wines from Spain Awards. He passed the Master of Wine exam at the first attempt in 2001, winning the Robert Mondavi Award for the best set of theory papers, and holds a BA in French from Durham University and an MSc in European Studies from the London School of Economics.
Charles Metcalfe's tasting career started at university, where he captained the Oxford tasting team to victory over Cambridge two years running. He co-founded the consumer magazine Wine International with Robert Joseph in 1983. They started the International Wine Challenge in 1984. He is also in demand as an international wine judge, and has judged in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Portugal and South Africa.
As well as writing books on Spanish and Portuguese wines, and on matching wine with food, Charles has appeared on many UK television programmes, presenting drinks and and food items. His latest book is 'The Wine & Food Lover's Guide to Portugal', written with his wife, Kathryn McWhirter, with an update due shortly, and his website, www.charlesmetcalfe.com, allows him the occasional rant.