Whiskies of the World®

Originating in San Francisco, Whiskies of the World is now a series of five hugely popular whisky festivals taking place in California, Texas and Georgia. Whiskies of the World offers guests the opportunity to taste superlative whiskies and to meet the outstanding personalities of the whisky world. Featuring whiskies from Scotland, Ireland, the USA, Canada, Japan and Australia, Whiskies of the World will surprise even the most savvy connoisseur.

Douglas Smith
Whiskies of the World® Event Director

Douglas Smith took over the Whiskies of the World® Expo, the oldest whisky tasting event in Northern America in 2009. The Expo enjoyed immediate growth on several fronts. In 2011, Douglas entered a strategic alliance with The IWSC Group to strive for even more prominent results for the San Francisco show and for the Whiskies of the World® Expo brand in general.

The IWSC Group

A globally-recognized events company focused exclusively on the alcoholic beverage sector, UK-based The IWSC Group offers a broad portfolio of events around the world that help bring brands and people together in the best environments to create lasting relationships. The IWSC Group events have a unique focus around alcoholic beverages from wine and spirit competitions, such as the prestigious International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC), or “alcohol plus” events where alcoholic beverages remain a fundamental part of the offering in addition to food, music or art.

In March 2015, The IWSC Group increased its presence in the Americas with the launch of The IWSC Group North America and the addition of the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival (AF&WF) to its existing American portfolio. Headed by entrepreneurs and AF&WF founders, Dominique Love and Elizabeth Feichter, The IWSC Group North America offers an expanding portfolio of events, which includes spirit competitions, whisky expos and alcohol plus events like the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival.