Sake Brands from Kyūshū Win Top Two Prizes in Paris Contest (News)
Paris, Oct. 8 (Jiji Press)—Sake brands from the Kyūshū southwestern Japan region finished first and second at a contest in Paris, according to the contest results announced Sunday.
At the Kura Master contest, Shichida Junmai Ginjō Omachi 50 from Tenzan Sake Brewery Co. of Saga Prefecture was awarded the top prize, Prix du president.
"Hananoka Ōka" from Hananoka Shuzō Co. of Kumamoto Prefecture came second, winning Prix du Jury Kura Master.
The Japanese sake contest took place in France for the first time this year at the initiative of Xavier Thuizat, chief sommelier at the Hotel de Crillon in Paris to promote sake internationally.
A total of 550 brands from 220 brewers, or about 20% of all sake brewers in Japan, were submitted to reviews by a committee in June. Award winners at the contest, including the top two brands, will be adopted in the menus of the upscale Paris hotel.[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]