The Fine Sake Awards japan 2014 Activities

26 Grand Gold Medals and 125 Gold Medals

We have received 492 entries from the record-high number of 227 breweries in the fourth year of this event. Fair and strict examination was conducted on February 27, which resulted in 25 Grand Gold Medals and 125 Gold Medals (award rate 30.5 %). 
The Grand Gold Medal sake in the Main category will be offered in the First Class section of All Nippon Airways for a specific period of time. The award ceremony & reception is to be held at Academy Hills (Roppongi, Minato ward) on April 22.

Results   

■Results 2014
Grand Gold Medal The Fine Sake Awards Japan (main category) 9 awarded /231 entries(award rate 3.9%)
Sparkling Sake category 5 awarded /61 entries (award rate 8.2%)
Daiginjo category 11 awarded /200 entries (award rate 5.5%)

Gold Medal The Fine Sake Awards Japan (main category) 63 awarded /231 entries (award rate 27.3%)
Sparkling Sake category 13 awarded /61 entries (award rate 21.3%)
Daiginjo category 49 awarde /200 entries (award rate 24.5%)


■Outline
Date/ Place 27 February 2014/ Japan Sake and Shochu Makers Association Building
Judges 【Team Reader】
Takeaki Ishikawa(Brewing Society of Japan), Hiroaki Sagawa(Chiba Sake Brewer's Association), Koujiro Takahashi(Japan Sake and Shochu Makers Association), Yukio Hamada(Japan Sake and Shochu Makers Association)

Yoshinori Akai(Kawachiya-shuhan Co., Ltd.), Hiroyoshi Asano(Akitaya Co., Ltd.), Eisuke Iida(Okanaga Co., Ltd.), Takuya Kano(Sakebunka Institute, Inc.), Hiroko Kawamoto(ALL NIPPON AIRWAYS CO., LTD.), Minoru Kojim(Ryutsu Joho Kikaku Co., Ltd.), Daisuke Shoji(RNS Japan (Riedel) Co., Ltd.), John Gauntner(Sake Journalist), Toshihide Suzuki(Suzuki-shuhan Co., Ltd.), Yoshiaki Tsukuura(KONTATSU Co., Ltd.), Shinichiro Nagasato(WDI JAPAN, Inc.), Taku Nagata(Sake Service Institute), Tomiko Nishiyama(Food tadium, Inc), Noriko Horikoshi( wining and dining writer), Keiichiro Miyagawa(sommelier), Yoko Yamamoto(Sake and Food Journalist)
Entry 1. Main Category : Priced 2,500 JPY or below for 1.8L and medium bottle available
2. Sparkling Sake Category : Meet refined sake standards (no coloration, acidulant, or artificial fragrance)
3. Daiginjo Category : Medium bottles available
Judging Seven scale evaluation by blind sensory test in a Riedel Daiginjo glass.
Award Grand Gold medal (Top 5 %), Gold medal (Next 25 % following Top 5%)
Organizer The Fine SAKE Awards Japan Executive Committee
Executive committee members Kontatsu Co., Ltd. Urakasumi Saura Co., Ltd. Tatsuma-Honke Brewing Co., Ltd.
Ninki Inc. Sakebunka Institute, Inc. Ryutsu Joho Kikaku Co., Ltd.
Special supporters RNS Japan (Riedel) Co., Ltd. All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd.
Official supporter Japan Sake and Shochu Makers Association