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Kura Master 2021 Sake Winners

The 5th Edition of the French Sake Competition was held on 12th July 2021 in Paris. 72 Sommeliers took part in the judging, tasting 960 entries from 312 breweries (up from 824 in 2020). At the end of the 1st round of tasting, 26 sakes were selected for a 2nd session to determine the Jury's top 16 sakes.


The Top 16 will be announced on the award ceremony, held on 20th September 2021. 

I would like to congratulate all the winners, especially those in our portfolio! Hourai, Dewazakura, Keigetsu, Tsuki no Katsura, Hideyoshi, Echizen Misaki, Imanishiki & Imayotsukasa

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The IWC Sake Competition was introduced in 2007 with the support of the Japanese Sake Brewers Association. It has grown into one of the most recognised sake competitions with the most diverse set of judges from around the world.

The International Wine Challenge 2020 was delayed from April to November 2020 due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. We finally have the results!

This year, there were 1401 sakes within 9 categories. Some observations by the head judges was that there were fewer entries for low alcohol (12%) Junmais, maybe it is a trend that is fading. CO2 is more common in sakes, carrying on the trend from previous years.

Our portfolio breweries did very well this year, winning 4 of the 31 trophies up for grabs.

Link to the website and other winners

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The 14th International Sake Challenge (ISC) was held on Wednesday 16th September at Tokyo American Club. Over 120 of the leading Sake from across Japan participated.

This year, each sake was tasted by all the judges, and 8 Trophies, 21 Gold Medals, 40 Silver Medals, and 35 Bronze Medals were awarded. 


Sake Breweries in our Portfolio who won awards

Suzuki Sake Brewery (Hideyoshi)
Hideyoshi Junmai Daiginjo Matsuemon - Trophy (Junmai Daiginjo)
Hideyoshi Junmai Ginjo Shosei - Trophy (Junmai Ginjo)
Hideyoshi Daiginjo - Silver (Daiginjo/Ginjo)
Hideyoshi Junmai Daiginjo - Silver  (Junmai Daiginjo)

Dewazakura Sake Brewery
Dewazakura Sparkling AWA - Trophy (Sparkling)
Dewazakura Daiginjo - Bronze (Daiginjo/Ginjo)
Dewazakura Junmai Daiginjo Genshu - Gold (Junmai Daiginjo)

Watanabe Sake Brewery (Hourai)
Hourai Josen - Trophy (Futsu)
Hourai Junmai Ginjo Kadentezukuri - Gold (Junmai Ginjo)
Hourai Junmai Daiginjo Irootoko -  Silver (Junmai Daiginjo)
Hourai Tezukuri Junmai Hidahomare - Silver (Junmai)
Hourai Junmai Daiginjo Gokuiden - Bronze (Junmai Daiginjo)

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The french sake competition was held on Monday August 31, delayed from May 2020, and the winners was just announced today on Thursday, September 10!

The President's and Jury Award will be announced during the awards ceremony at the residence of the Ambassador of Japan on November 5.

Kura Master has been organised annually since 2017. The idea is to pick out the best Sakes by French people, for French Cuisine. The jury is made up by sommeliers and other F&B professionals, and are exclusively Europeans, and mainly French.

In 2020, 824 sakes were evaluated, compared to 720 in 2019.

I would like to congratulate all the winners, especially those in our portfolio!

Toshimaya Honten
Edo Sake Oji Junmai Ginjo - Platinum Award (Junmai)

Dewazakura Sake Brewery
Dewazakura Tokubetsu Junmai Yamahai - Gold Award (Junmai)
Dewazakura Junmai Daiginjo Genshu - Gold Award (Junmai Daiginjo)
Dewazakura Sparkling AWA - Gold Award (Sparkling)

Tosa Brewery
Keigetsu Sake Nature 2019 - Platinum Award (Junmai Daiginjo)
Keigetsu CEL24 Junmai Daiginjo 50 - Gold Award (Junmai Daiginjo)
Keigetsu Ginnoyume Junmai Daiginjo 45 - Gold Award (Junmai Daiginjo)
Keigetsu Sparkling Sake Hao - Gold Award (Sparkling)

Hourai Sake Brewery
Hourai Junmai Daiginjo Irootoko -  Platinum Award (Junmai Daiginjo)

Kojima Sohonten (Toko)
Kojimaya Untitled # 01 - Platinum Award (Dewasansan)
Kojimaya Untitled # 02 Cedar - Platinum Award (Dewasansan)


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