FOREIGN JUDGES RETURNED TO JUDGE IN JAPAN WINE COMPETITION
By Susan Lewis
Source: Japan Wine Competition
Foreign judges have returned to judge in the Japan Wine Competition this year, after having been absent for four years due to the pandemic.
A record 123 domestic Japanese wineries took part in the Japan competition this year, judging events took place in the wine-producing Yamanashi Prefecture last week.
ine experts from countries including France and Australia tasted and rated the wine entries alongside local Japanese judges.
One of the judges, University of Bordeaux Professor Gilles de Revel, said he is always very interested to come to Japan to see the progress in the country's winemaking industry.
The competition results will be announced on 28 July.
Japan Wine Competition is a competition for "Japanese wine" 100 percent made from grapes grown and harvested in Japan.
It has been held since 2003 with the aim of improving the quality and recognition of Japanese wine, as well as promoting the image of each region and the typicity and status of Japanese wine.
This competition is organised by an executive committee comprising the associations of four major wine-producing prefectures (Hokkaido, Yamagata, Yamanashi and Nagano), Japan Wineries Association, the Japan Sommelier Association, Japanese Society of Viti-Viniculture, the Institute of Enology and Viticulture of the University of Yamanashi and Yamanashi Prefecture.
Judging is usually held in Yamanashi Prefecture in July. The judging panel consists of 25 judges and they rate the wines by the sensory evaluation on a 100-point scale based on criteria such as aroma, colour, taste and harmony.
The judges consist of international wine experts and wine journalists, national wine industry experts and winemakers nominated by the regions.
There is a total of 12 categories, including Viniferas reds and whites, Hybrid reds and whites, Koshu, Rosé and Sparkling, for which gold, silver and bronze prizes are awarded, as well as prizes for encouragement, best in category and great value.
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