The Fine SAKE Award, Japan

The Fine Sake Awards Japan 2017

RESULTS

34 Grand Gold Medals and 160 Gold Medals

We have received 673 entries from the record-high number of 242 breweries in the fourth year of this event.
Fair and strict examination was conducted on February 24, which resulted in 34 Grand Gold Medals and 160 Gold Medals (award rate 28.8%).
  The award ceremony & reception is to be held at Academy Hills (Roppongi, Minato ward) on April 18.

Grand Gold Medal

18 awarded
 / 324 entries
award rate 5.6%
4 awarded
 / 60 entries
award rate 6.7%
12 awarded
 / 289 entries
award rate 4.2%

Gold Medal

72 awarded
 / 324 entries
award rate 22.2%
15 awarded
 / 60 entries
award rate 25.0%
73 awarded
 / 289 entries
award rate 25.3%

Grand Gold Medal

The Fine Sake Awards Japan (main category)
Hatufune Junmaiginjo Nama
Tenju Shuzo
Akita
Shuuhou BEACH SIDE
Shuho Shuzojo
Yamagata
Tatenokawa Junmai Daigijo Seiryu
Tatenokawa Shuzo
Yamagata
Oyama Tokubetsu Junmai Tomizu
Katokahachiro Shuzo
Yamagata
It key
Tamagawa Shuzo
Niigata
Kosijikoubai Tokubetuhonjozo
Kubiki Shuzo
Niigata
Tokubetsu Junmai Myokosan
Myoko Shuzo
Niigata
Junmai Ginjoushu Niigata Shizennoujou
Echigodennemon
Niigata
Jinyu Junmai Ginjo
Nabedana
Chiba
Tokusen Kunisakari Hanadagou 1801
Nakano Shuzo
Aichi
Tokusen Kunisakari Saika Daiginjo
Nakano Shuzo
Aichi
Kyohime Junmai Daiginjo
Kyohime Shuzo
Kyoto
Harushika Sakura Junmaishu
Imanishiseibee shoten
Nara
Souho Junmai Genshu Yamanokamikobojikomi
Choryo Shuzo
Nara
Honjozo"Taiheiyo"
Ozaki Shuzo
Wakayama
Kikumasamune "Shiboritate Gin Pack"
Kikumasamune Shuzo
Hyogo
Bichuryu Daiginjo
Kamikokoro Shuzo
Okayama
Hakubotan Yamadanishiki Junmaishu
Hakubotan Shuzo
Hiroshima
Sparkling Sake Category
Rice Magic Ninkiichi Sparkring Red
Ninki Shuzo
Fukushima
Bon Premiumsparkring "Migaki2wari Junmai Daiginjo"
Katokichibei Shoten
Fukui
Shu Shu Shu Bihappo Junmai Nigori Nama Gensyu
Nanbu Shuzojo
Fukui
Hanaawaka
Ninki Shuzo
Hyogo
Daiginjo Category
Junmai Daiginjo "Chokaisan"
Tenju Shuzo
Akita
Daiginjo Genshu Setsugekka
Ryozeki Shuzo
Akita
Daiginjo Urakasumi
Saura
Miyagi
Manotsuru Junmai Daiginjo
Tanaka Shuzoten
Miyagi
Ouujiman Junmai Daiginjo 40 Nakatori Genshu
Ouujiman
Yamagata
Sawahime Shimotsuke Junmai Daiginjo
Inoueseikichi Shoten
Tochigi
Premium Mongaifushutsu Junmai Daiginjo
Nishihori Shuzo
Tochigi
Sawanoi Junmai Daiginjo Hojun Sanjugo
Ozawa Shuzo
Tokyo
Shuho Alpesmasamune Junmai Daiginjo
Kamedaya Shuzoten
Nagano
Junmai Daiginjo azumaryu Reiro
Toushun Shuzo
Aichi
Bon Gold
Katokichibe Shoten
Fukui
Gokusei Daiginjo Mukashisibori Tobindori
Miyashita Shuzo
Okayama

Gold Medal

The Fine Sake Awards Japan (main category)
Junmaishu Tanju
Tanju shuzo
Akita
Daiginjo Akitabare
Akita Shuzo
Akita
Ittekisenryo Junmai Daiginjo
Akitakenhakkokougyo
Akita
"kaoriranman" Junmai Daiginjoshu
Akitameijo
Akita
Junmaishu KikunoTukasa Gingingashikomi
Kikunotsukasa Shuzo
Iwate
Junmaishu Shichifukujin
Kikunotsukasa Shuzo
Iwate
Junmaishu Urakasumi
Saura
Miyagi
Manotsru Tokubnetsu Junmai Miyamanishiki
Tanaka Shuzoten
Miyagi
Ginreigassann SecchuJukusei junmai Ginjo
Gassan Shuzo
Yamagata
Dewanosato Chiyokotobuki
chiyokortobukitoraya
Yamagata
Tsuyahime Junmai Ginjo Aratama
Wada Shuzo
Yamagata
Gassansanroku Dewanoisato
Torayanishikawa
Yamagata
Tokubetsu Junmai Watarai Dewanosato
Wataraihonten
Yamagata
Yonetsuru Junmai Mahoroba
Yonetsuru Shuzo
Yamagata
Uyoikon Junmai Dewanosato70
Nakaoki Shuzoten
Yamagata
Junmaishu Tenkyu Shirasame
Higasinofumoto Shuzo
Yamagata
Suehiro Shiboritate Junmai Ginjo Gensyu Nama
Suehiro Shuzo
Fukushima
Ninkiichi Aoninki Ginjo
Ninki Shuzo
Fukushima
Kosinoyukitsubaki Junmai Ginjo Hana
Yukitsubaki Shuzo
Niigata
Manotsuru Tokubetsu Junmai Ichiho
Obata Shuzo
Niigata
Kenshin Tokubetsu Honjozo
Ikedaya Shuzo
Niigata
Koshino kannchubai Noujunumakuchi
Niigatameijo
Niigata
Iono Tokubetsu Junmai
Takanoi Shuzo
Niigata
Junmai Kosinosetsugekka
Myoko Shuzo
Niigata
Echigo Tsurukame Junmai
Echigo Tsurukame
Niigata
Koshinobairi Junmai Ginjo
DHC Shuzo
Niigata
Junmai Ginjoshu Denemon
Echigodenemon
Niigata
Koshinohakugan Junmaishu
Nakagawa Shuzo
Niigata
Fukushogun Junmai Ginjo
Meiri Shurui
Ibaraki
Kinmonsekaitaka Junmai Ginjo
Koyamahonke Shuzo
Saitama
Tokubetsu Junmai Haregiku
Toa Shuzo
Saitama
Kinoene junmai Ginjoshu
Iinumahonke
Chiba
Koshigoi Junmai Ginjo Koshihikari
Yoshino Shuzo
Chiba
Suiro Junmai Ginjo Karakuchi Miyamanishiki
Maihime
Nagano
Daisekkei Nama Alpes
Daissekkei Shuzo
Nagano
Noukaya Tokubetu Junmai Rinsei Shiboritate
Wakatsuru Shuzo
Toyama
Chikuha Junmaishu
Kazuma Shuzo
Ishikawa
Kitanosho Junmai Ginjo
Funaki Shuzo
Fukui
Bon Junmai55
Katoukichibe Shoten
Fukui
Ipponngi Junmaishu
Ipponngikubo Honten
Fukui
Kaiun Tokubetsu Honjozo Nama
Doi Shuzojo
Shizuoka
Tokusen Kunisakari Kuromatsu Daiginjo
Nakano Shuzo
Aichi
Ginjo Azumaryu Nagoyakana
Toushun Shuzo
Aichi
Dashi Siboritake Honnama Hanakoubodukuri
Harada Shuzoujo
Gifu
Miyamagiku
Funasaka Shuzouten
Gifu
Hourai Kinmonkomachizakura
Watanabe Shuzoten
Gifu
Hourai Tensaitojinonyukonshu
Watanabe Shuzoten
Gifu
Hourai Komachizakura
Watanabe Shuzoten
Gifu
Miyozakura Junmai Ginjo Asahinoyume
Miyozakura Jozo
Gifu
Miyanoyuki Yamahaisikomi Tokubatsu Junmai
Miyazaki Honten
Mie
Tokubetsu Junmai Kinshimasamune
Kinshimasamune
Kyoto
Tomio Tokubetsu Junmai Gohyakumanngoku
Kitagawahonke
Kyoto
Shochikubai Shirakabegura Kimoto Junmai
Takara Shuzo
Kyoto
Mimorosugi Hunmai Ginjo Tsuyuhakaze
Imanishi Shuzo
Nara
Harushika Junmai Ginjo Ginrei
Imanisiseibee Shoten
Nara
Harushika Ginjo Karakuchi
Imanishiseibe Shoten
Nara
KONISHI Ginjo Hiyashibori
Konishi Shuzo
Hyogo
Hamafukutsru Junmai Daiginjo
Koyamahonke Shuzo Nadahamafukutsurukura
Hyogo
Tokusen Hakutsuru Tokubetsu Junmai Yamadanizhiki
Hakutsuru Shuzo
Hyogo
Hakushika Ozu Shiboritate
Tatsuumahonke Shuzo
Hyogo
"Ishich" Asahi Junmai Ginjo Genryusuisikomi
Kumaya Shuzo
Okayama
Hanahato Junmai Ginjo Koiomachi
Enoki Shuzo
Hiroshima
Senpuku Sennofuku Ajiwaino Junmai Ginjo
Miyakehonten
Hiroshima
Gassan Tokubetsu Junmai izumo
Yoshida shuzo
Shimane
Gassan Junmai
Yoshida shuzo
Shimane
Kinryo Ginjo Shiboritate "Amagakeru"
Nishinokinryo
Kagawa
Yamatannmasamune Junmaishu Matsuyamamii
Yagi Shuzobu
Ehime
Umenishiki Tsuunosake
Umenishikiyamakawa
Ehime
Suigei Junmaishu Ginnoyume 60%
Suigeishuzo
Kochi
Hizenkuragokoro Tokubetsu Junmai
Yano Shuzo
Saga
Junmaishu Shall We Dance MOTOZAKE
Mitsutake Shuzojo
Saga
Iwanokura Junmai
Tenzann Shuzo
Saga
Sparkling Sake Category
Tokubetsu Junmai Amanoto Silky Kinunigori
Asamai Shuzo
Akita
Rokkasen Hitotoki Rose
Rokkasen
Yamagata
Rokkasen Hitotoki Junmai Shiro
Rokkasen
Yamagata
Yonetsuru Sparkring Rose
Yonetsuru Shuzo
Yamagata
Ninkiichi Binnaihakko Sparkring Junmai Ginjo
Ninki Shuzo
Fukushima
Jozenjosui Sparkring
Shirataki Shuzo
Niigata
Yukinotsubomi Junmai Sparkring
Koshitsukano Shuzo
Niigata
Happoujunmaishu Awasshu
Hara Shuzo
Niigata
Haneya Junmai Ginjo Sparkring
Fumigiku Shuzo
Toyama
Yamahai Junmai Happou Nigorisake KINGYO
Kasumitsuru Shuzo
Hyogo
Hakutsuru Awayuki Sparkring
Hakutsuru Shuzo
Hyogo
Houhoushu Stripe
Marumoto Shuzo
Okayama
Taitennshiragiku Junmai Nigori Winterbom
Shiragiku Shuzo
Okayama
Seikyo Junmai Sparkring
Nakao Jozo
Hiroshima
Shuwa Shuwa
Kamikokoro Shuzo
Okayama
Daiginjo Category
Junmai Daiginjo Joppari Hanaomoi
Rikka Shuzo
Aomori
Mutsuhassen Hanaomi 40 Junami Daiginjo
Hachinohe Shuzo
Aomori
Daiginjo Chokai
Tenju Shuzo
Akita
Taiheizan Daiginjo Gen
Kodama Jozo
Akita
Hideyoshi Daiginjo
Suzuki Shuzoten
Akita
Hideyoshi Junmai Daiginjo
Suzuki Shuzoten
Akita
Junmai Daiginjo Setsugekka
Ryozeki Shuzo
Akita
Outenden Daiginjo
Otokoyamahonten
Miyagi
Haginotsuyu Junmai Daigin Yamadanishiki
Hagino Shuzo
Miyagi
Ichinokura Sasanishiki Junmai Daiginjo
Ichinokura
Miyagi
Ginreigassan Junmai Daiginjo
Gassann Shuzo
Yamagata
Shuhou Junmai Daiginjo Tsuyahime
Shuhou Shuzojo
Yamagata
Shuhou Junmai Daiginjo Tamanae
Shuhou Shuzojo
Yamagata
Junmai Daiginjo Kamoshigokoro Yamagatashu 104
Nakaoki Shuzojo
Yamagata
Shuho Daiginjo Ouden
Shuhou Shuzojo
Yamagata
Tatenokawa Junmai Daiginjo Dewasannsan Nakatori
Tetenokawa Shuzo
Yamagata
Dewasansan Junmai Daiginjo Aratama
Wada Shuzo
Yamagata
Temahima Junmai Daiginjo
Rokkasen
Yamagata
Yonetsuru Junmai Daiginjo Kamenoo
Yonetsuru Shuzo
Yamagata
Ninkiichi Modern Classic Junmai Daiginjo 6
Ninki Shuzo
Fukushima
Isshoseishun Daiginjo
Akebono Shuzo
Fukushima
Junmai Daiginjo Yumenokaori
Suehiro Shuzo
Fukushima
Okunomatsu Junmai Daiginjo
Okunomatsu Shuzo
Fukushima
Tsukinotamayura
Yukitsubaki Shuzo
Niigata
Hokusetsu Daiginjo YK35
Hokusetsu Shuzo
Niigata
Koshinohatsuume Junmai Daiginjo
Takanoi Shuzo
Niigata
Junmai Daiginjo Myokosan
Myoko Shuzo
Niigata
Echigotsurukame Chotokusen Junmai Daiginjo
Echigotsurukame
Niigata
Echigofubuki Daiginjoshu
Takano Shuzo
Niigata
Kuramitsu
Kikusui Shuzo
Niigata
Echigo Yukikura
Tamagawa Shuzo
Niigata
Sanran Daiginjo Shizukuzake
Tonoike Shuzouten
Tochigi
Premium Shizukudori Mongaifushutsu Junmai Daiginjo
Nishihori Shuzo
Tochigi
Mizubasho Junmai Daiginjo Sui
Nagai Shuzo
Gunma
Tenrannzan Daiginjo
Igarashi Shuzo
Saitama
Sawanoi Junmai Daiginjo
Ozawa Shuzo
Tokyo
Sawanoi Daiginjo
Ozawa Shuzo
Tokyo
Sawanoi Daiginjo "Kou"
Ozawa Shuzo
Tokyo
Daiginjo Seigaku
Kikusui Shuzo
Nagano
Akanesasu Junmai Daiginjo
Tsuchiya Shuzo
Nagano
Suiro Junmai Daiginjo Nakakumi Nmasake Omachi
Maihime
Nagano
Ipponngi Funashibori Junmai Daiginjo
Ipponngikubo Honten
Fukui
Kaiun Junmai Daiginjo
Doi Shuzo
Shizuoka
Kinshachi Daiginjo KS-4
Moritakinshachi Shuzo
Aichi
Gahojin Junmai Daiginjo
Nakano Shuzo
Aichi
Daiginjo Bushonohomare
Kiyosuzakura Jozo
Aichi
Daiginjo Hanzo Igayamadanishiki
Oota Shuzo
Mie
Daiginjo Tenrokuhairyo
Tenryo Shuzo
Gifu
Daiginjo Shiramayumi
Kama Shuzojo
Gifu
Horai Irootoko Junmai Daiginjo
Watanabe Shuzoten
Gifu
Mifuku Shotenjin
Mifuku Shuzo
Shiga
Umenoyado Daiginjo Gold
Umenoyado Shuzo
Nara
Mimorosugi Junmai Daiginjo
Imanishi Shuzo
Nara
Harushika Junmai Daiginjo
Imanishiseibe Shoten
Nara
Houmon Daiinjo "Ichi"
Sekaiittou
Wakayama
Junmai Daiginjo Saika Honnama
Kokonoesaika
Wakayama
Ozeki Chotokusen Judanjikomi Junmai Daiginjo
Ozeki
Hyogo
Sakuramasamune Kinmare Junmai Daiginjo 40
Sakuramasamune
Hyogo
Sakuramasamune Kinmare Junmai Genshu
Sakuramasamune
Hyogo
Taitennshiragiku Junmai Daiginjo Omachi
Shiragiku Shuzo
Okayama
Bichuryu Junmai Daiginjo
Kamikokoro Shuzo
Okayama
"ISHICHI" Omachi Junmai Daiginjo
Kumaya Shuzo
Okayama
Kyukyokuno SUISHIN Daiginjo
Suishiyamanehonten
Hiroshima
Junmai Daigijo Maboroshi "AKA"
Nakao jozo
Hiroshima
Daiginjo "TAMAHAGANE TOBINKSKOI"
Hikamiseishu
Shimane
Narutotai Daiginjo
Honke Matsuura Shuzojo
Tokushima
Kyohina Daiginjo "SUIMOKEN"
Sakkaroku Shuzo
Ehime
Yukisuzume Junmai Daiginjo
Yukizusume Shuzo
Ehime
Hiramatsu Junmai Daigijo Atsurae
Shinozaki
Fukuoka
Junmai Daigijo Gonemon
Yano Shuzo
Saga
Daigijo Hitennzan
Tenzan Shuzo
Saga
Daiginjo Chiyonosono Excel
Chiyonosono Shuzo
Kumamoto
Daiginjo16° Sansui
Oimatsu Shuzo
Oita

OUTLINE

Date / Place
24 February 2017 / Station Conference Manseibashi
Judges

【Team Leader】

Yukihiko Arikawa (Nagano Prefecture General Industrial Technology Center) / Takeaki Ishikawa (Brewing Society of Japan) / Naoto Okazaki (Brewing Society of Japan) / Takayuki Kazuoka (Tokyo university of agriculture) / Masahiro Kamiya / Toshiaki Sudo (Japan Sake and Shochu Makers Association) / Koujiro Takahashi
Yoshimasa Asanuma (Kuraya) / Hiroyoshi Asano (Akitaya) / Toshiyuki Arai (Arai) / Makoto Endo (Academy du Vin) / Kazuyo Okubo (SSK) / Takuya Kano (Sakebunka) / Minoru Kojim (Ryutsu Joho Kikaku) / Daisuke Shoji (RSN Japan) / Yoko Suganami (Rainbow) / Kazuro Takekawa (Tokyu department store) / Yoshiaki Tsukuura (KONTATSU) / Naoya Tokashiki (Nantou shuhan) / Toshiya Tone / Michiko Nakano (trans cosmos) / Atsushi Nakahigashi (One Rice One Soup) / Kei Hashimoto (Kaiseki Yuzen Hashimoto) / Toshio Maeda (Imadeya) / Kazuhiko Yamamoto (Masumoto-sohonten) / Youhei Matsumoto (Kamoshiya) / Mai Morita (Miss sake) / Yukari Yanaba (Fukumashu) / Shingo Yamamoto (Mitsukoshi Isetan) / Antonio Bozzo (Journalist) / Roberta Schira (Journalist) / Lorenzo Ferraboschi (sakecompany.com) / Michele brando (Zuma Roma) / Simone Baggio (ALCHIMISTA) / Leonardo Leuci (Jerry Thomas Project)
Entry
  1. Main Category : Priced 2,600 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. Dai Ginjo 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
RSN Japan (RIEDEL) Co., Ltd.
Official Supporter
Japan Sake and Shochu Makers Association

Judge Viewing

The Award Ceremony & Reception

Sake Brewery guests who opened a booth at the Opening Presentation

 

CONCEPT

Japanese cuisine including sushi, which first gained popularity in the US and Europe, is now widespread all across the globe and easily enjoyed in many cities in the world. During the process, sake interacted with foreign cultures and diets, which resulted in inventions like new combinations of sake and food. The best finding, however, was the advantage of drinking a wineglass of sake. Fragrance and visual effects of sake will be highly appreciated that way.

Wineglass helps you sense subtle aroma, colors, and viscosity of sake which you could not fully recognize in traditional sake vessels. Many Japanese were amazed to know that a glass of sake, in some cases, tasted more graceful than a small cup of sake. The wineglass, extracting inner characters of sake, did turn out to be its best partner and is expected to further prevail.

The Fine Sake Awards Japan does not solely focus on assessing the quality of sake. This blind tasting competition is supported by specialists who recognized the advantage of sake in a wineglass and joined hands to promote the popularity of sake and its culture not to mention spreading the new wonders of sake.

This event, inaugurated in 2011, has become one of the biggest sake competitions in Japan with about 200 breweries nationwide handing in some 300 items in total.

We sincerely hope our endeavor will go a long way and sake in a wineglass will become widespread. We believe this will help Japan's soul beverage sake recognized more and its culture handed down to future generations.

PAST PRIZE-WINNING SAKE

  1. 2016
  2. 2015
  3. 2014

OPERATION

The Fine SAKE Awards Japan Executive Committee
Kontatsu Co., Ltd. / Urakasumi Saura Co., Ltd. / Sakebunka Institute, Inc. / Tatsuma-Honke Brewing Co., Ltd. / Ninki Inc. / Ryutsu Joho Kikaku Co., Ltd.
Special Supporters
RSN Japan (RIEDEL) Co., Ltd.
Official Supporter
Japan Sake and Shochu Makers Association
Honorary Advisor
Toyoo Tamamura
CM Building 2F, 3-3-14 Iwamoto-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0032, Japan
Sakebunka Institute Division, Inc.
The Fine SAKE Awards Japan Executive Committee
TEL 03-3865-3010