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 http://internationalwinechallenge.com/
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)
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)
Link to the website and other winners http://sakechallenge.com/
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!
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)
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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