The International Wine Challenge announces the promotion of Helen McGinn to the position of Co-Chair

Helen, author of the Knackered Mother’s Wine Club wine blog and book, and drinks writer for the Daily Mail, is the seventh Co-Chair to be chosen for the position. She joins an illustrious panel of wine experts who work with 450 of the world’s top judges, and ultimately delivering the final say on one of the world’s most prestigious and coveted wine accolades – an International Wine Challenge medal. The competition is widely regarded as the world’s most rigorously judged, impartial and influential wine competition.


The select group of current Co-Chairs is composed of Sarah Abbott MW, Tim Atkin MW, Oz Clarke, Dr Jamie Goode, Peter McCombie MW and Charles Metcalfe.

Before her promotion, Helen worked for almost 10 years as a wine buyer for Tesco supermarkets, and has been a judge at the IWC for more than 20 years.


Helen McGinn said:
‘I’m thrilled to be joining such a great team of co-chairs for the International Wine Challenge. As an ex-buyer, I understand why many consumers feel overwhelmed when faced with a wall of wine, either in a shop, on a wine list or online. The Challenge helps them to navigate that wall with medals acting as a third-party signpost to high quality wines.’

She will join the Co-Chair team in mid-November, when the 2020 International Wine Challenge has its first week of judging in London.

Chris Ashton, IWC Director, commented:
‘We are delighted to add a seventh very talented wine judge to the IWC Co-Chair team. This further strengthens our position as the world’s leading wine competition. Helen has been judging at the International Wine Challenge for more than 20 years, and has been one of our top Panel Chairs for years. Our annual review of all our judges’ performance, in a rigorous statistical analysis, has shown she thoroughly deserves this promotion, and her tremendous palate and great experience will deepen the expertise of the IWC Co-Chair team.’

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