Held this year in Yamagata City, the judging will take place over four days with 465 breweries submitting a record 1,639 sake to the competition’s nine categories (futsūshu, honjōzō, ginjō, daiginjō, junmai, junmai ginjō, junmai daiginjō, koshu and sparkling).
This the third time the IWC sake division assessments have been held in Japan, with Tokyo hosting in 2012 and Hyogo Prefecture in 2016. Yamagata is keen to retain its image as a sake-producing region, including securing a Geographical Indication (GI) for its sake in 2016.
Andrew Reed, Managing Director of the IWC, commented that more and more sake are developing the flowery, attractive aromas and flavours that will make them popular overseas, and he hopes the judging will serve to increase awareness of sake globally.
- Original article (Japanese, Nikkei newspaper, 13 May 2018)
- International Wine Challenge (English)
- Sake World article: Yamagata Sake gets Geographical Indication