Judging Results

2007 U.S. National Sake Appraisal
Summary and Results

Dates: August 21–22, 2007
Place: Hawaiʻi Convention Center, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi

Participating Judges

Darrel Corti Wine Judge and Consultant, Corti Brothers
John Gauntner Sake Educator
Kuniyasu Goto, Ph.D Director, Safety and Quality Research Division, National Research Institute of Brewing
Hiroshi Iwata, Ph.D Senior Director of Safety and Quality Research Division, National Research Institute of Brewing
Chris Johnson Owner, Bao 111, New York City
Haruo Matsuzaki Sake Consultant and Author
Paul Tanguay Corporate Beverage Director, SushiSamba, New York City
Kazuhide Yamazaki U.S. Director, Japan Prestige Sake Association
Noriyuki Umeda Director of Operations, Ishimoto Brewing Co., Ltd.
Kenichi Watanabe Director, Niigata Prefectural Brewing Research Institute

Daiginjo A Polishing ratio 40% or less

Gold Award | Silver Award

Brewery Label Prefecture Award
Dewazakura Shuzo Dewazakura "Daiginjo" Yamagata
Fukuchiyo Shuzo Nabeshima "Daiginjo" Saga
Kamotsuru Shuzo Kamotsuru "Sokaku" Hiroshima
Kizakura Kizakura "Daiginjo" Kyoto
Kodama Jozo Taiheizan "Tenko" Akita
Manatsuru Shuzo "Manahime Densetsu" Fukui
Nagai Shuzo Mizubasho "Daiginjo" Gunma
Nanbu Shuzojo "Kyukyoku no Hanagaki" Fukui
Nishida Shuzoten Nishida "Utou" Daiginjo Aomori
Okunomatsu Shuzo Okunomatsu "Junmai Daiginjo" Fukushima
Saito Shuzo Eikun "Ichigin" Junmai Daiginjo Kyoto
Saiya Shuzoten Yuki no Bosha "Daiginjo" Akita
Saiya Shuzoten Yuki no Bosha "Akita Sake Komachi Shikomi" Daiginjo Akita
Saiya Shuzoten "Kachogesseki" Daiginjo Akita
Sakai Shuzo "Saito no Shizuku" Daiginjo Yamaguchi
Sakuramasamune "Yakimare" Daiginjo Hyogo
Shimizu Jozo Zaku "Daiginjo" Mie
Suehiro Shuzo Daiginjo "Gensai" Fukushima
Takara Shuzo Shirakabegura Shirakabegura "Daiginjo" Hyogo
Tenzan Shuzo "Hitenzan" Daiginjo Saga
Tonoike Shuzoten Seishu Sanran "Daiginjo Shizukuzake" Tochigi
Uchigasaki Shuzoten Hoyo "Yamadanishiki" Daiginjo Miyagi
Asahi Shuzo Dassai "Migaki Ni-wari Sanbu" Junmai Daiginjo Yamaguchi
Chiyomusubi Shuzo Chiyomusubi "Daiginjo Tobingakoi" Tottori
Hara Shuzo Koshi no Homare "Daiginjo" Niigata
Hokusetsu Shuzo Hokusetsu "YK35" Niigata
Ichinokura Ichinokura "Gensho" Daiginjo Miyagi
Ishimoto Shuzo Koshi no Kanbai "Chotokusen" Niigata
Kinshihai Shuzo Echigo Toji "Daiginjo" Niigata
Minogawa Shuzo "Koshi no Omachi" Niigata
Miyao Shuzo Shimeharitsuru "Daiginjo" Niigata
Miyasaka Jozo Masumi "Yumedono" Nagano
Nakamura Kamekichi "Tamadare" Daiginjo Aomori
Nanbu Bijin Nanbu Bijin "Daiginjo" Iwate
Okunomatsu Shuzo Okunomatsu "Daiginjo Shizukusake Juhachidai Ihei" Fukushima
Tajime "Tajime" Hyogo
Takahashi Sukesaku Shuzoten Nihonshu Matsuo "Gentei Junmai Daiginjo" Nagano
Tsukasabotan Shuzo Tsukasabotan "Sakafunashibori" Junmai Daiginjo Kochi
Ume Ichirin Shuzo Ume Ichirin "Kanpyokai Shuppinshu" Chiba
Umeda Shuzojo Honshuichi "Daiginjo" Hiroshima
Yamagata Honten "Moriko" Yamaguchi
Yamanashi Meijo Shichiken "Onakaya" Junmai Daiginjo Yamanashi
Yoshikawa Tojinosato Yoshikawa Toji "Daiginjo" Niigata

Daiginjo B Polishing ratio 50% or less

Brewery Label Prefecture Award
Hokusetsu Shuzo Nobu the Premium Sake Niigata
Kamotsuru Shuzo Kamotsuru "Tokusei Gold" Hiroshima
Koshi no Hana Shuzo Koshi no Hana "Chotokusen" Daiginjo Niigata
Mifuku Shuzo Mifuku "Daigingokujo" Shiga
Momokawa Murai Family "Daiginjo Sake" Aomori
Nakamura Kamekichi "Kamekichi" Junmai Daiginjo Aomori
Saito Shuzo Eikun "Koto Sennen" Junmai Daiginjo Kyoto
Saura Uragasumi "Yamadanishiki Junmai Daiginjo" Miyagi
Tohoku Meijo Hatsumago "Shozui" Junmai Daiginjo Yamagata
Umeda Shuzojo Honshuichi "Daiginjo 50% Seihaku" Hiroshima
Aoki Shuzo Kakurei "Daiginjo" Niigata
Eiko Shuzo Shusen Eiko "Yume Tsukiyo" Junmai Daiginjo Ehime
Gekkeikan Gekkeikan "Horin" Junmai Daiginjo Kyoto
Iinuma Honke Kinoene "Yuga" Junmai Daiginjo Chiba
Kamenoi Shuzo "Kudoki Jozu" Yamagata
Murashige Shuzo Hinoshitamuso "Junmai Daiginjo" Yamaguchi
Nishida Shuzoten Nishida "Denshu Yonwarigobu" Junmai Daiginjo Aomori
Suishin Yamane Honten "Chonansuijikomi" Junmai Daiginjo Hiroshima
Takara Sake USA Inc. Shochikubai "Junmai Daiginjo Yamadanishiki" California
Tamanohikari Shuzo "Yuki Hiryo Shiyo Bizen Omachi 100%" Junmai Daiginjo Kyoto
Tenryo Shuzo Tenryo "Ten no Shizuku" Daiginjo Gifu
Tenzan Shuzo "Hotarugawa" Junmai Daiginjo Saga
Ume Ichirin Shuzo Ume Ichirin "Daiginjo" Chiba
Yaegaki Shuzo "Mu" Junmai Daiginjo Hyogo

Ginjo

Brewery Label Prefecture Award
Aihara Shuzo Ugonotuski "Junmai Ginjo" Hiroshima
Dewazakura Shuzo Dewazakura "Omachi" Yamagata
Dewazakura Shuzo Dewazakura "Dewasansan" Yamagata
Dewazakura Shuzo Dewazakura "Oka Yamadanishiki" Yamagata
Dewazakura Shuzo Dewazakura "Oka" Yamagata
Imada Shuzo Honten Fukucho "Moon on the Water" Hiroshima
Ishizuchi Shuzo Ishizuchi "Midori Label Funeshibori" Junmai Ginjo Ehime
Kaba Shuzojo Shiramayumi "Ginjo" Gifu
Kokuryu Shuzo Kokuryu "500 Mangoku" Fukui
Kokuryu Shuzo Kokuryu "Tokusen Ginjo" Fukui
Miyao Shuzo Shimeharitsuru "Jun" Niigata
Momokawa Murai Family "Sugidama Sake" Aomori
Okunomatsu Shuzo Okunomatsu "Adatara Ginjo" Fukushima
Saiya Shuzoten Yuki no Bosha "Gentei Kuradashi" Junmai Ginjo Akita
Shimizu Jozo Zaku "Miyabi no Tomo" Nakadori Mie
Takenotsuyu Yuki Honoka "Pure Snow" Junmai Ginjo Yamagata
Umeda Shuzojo Honshuichi "Ginjoshu" Hiroshima
Yamagata Honten "Shoin" Yamaguchi
Yamatogawa Shuzoten Yaemon "Junmai Ginjo" Fukushima
Akita Jozo "Hirari" Junmai Ginjo Akita
Asahi Shuzo Dassai "50" Yamaguchi
Fukuchiyo Shuzo Nabeshima "Nakakumi Junmai Ginjo" Saga
Iinuma Honke Kinoene "Yuga" Junmai Ginjo Chiba
Imada Shuzo Honten "Biho" Hiroshima
Ishimoto Shuzo Koshi no Kanbai "Tokusen" Niigata
Kameizumi Shuzo Kameizumi "Tosa Uchushu" Kochi
Kamotsuru Shuzo Kamotsuru "Junmai Ginjo" Hiroshima
Masuda Tokubee Shoten Tsuki no Katsura "Yanagi" Junmai Ginjoshu Kyoto
Midorikawa Shuzo "Green River" Niigata
Nagai Shuzo Mizubasho "Ginjo" Gunma
Obata Shuzo Manotsuru "Junmai Ginjo Genshu" Niigata
Rokkasen Yamahoshi "Junmai Ginjo" Yamagata
Sakuramasamune "Kinmare" Junmai Ginjo Hyogo
Saura Uragasumi Zen "Junmai Ginjo" Miyagi
Suishin Yamane Honten Junmai Ginjo "Inaho" Hiroshima
Tokoro Shuzo Bojimaya "Junmai Ginjo Gohyaku Mangoku" Gifu
Ume Ichirin Shuzo Umeichirin "Ginjo Karakuchi" Chiba

Junmai

Brewery Label Prefecture Award
Akita Seishu Dewatsuru "Matsukura" Shizenmaishu Akita
Akita Shuzo Akitabare "Fuwari Hyakkoten" Tokubetsu Junmaishu Akita
Choryu Shuzo "Omachi" Tokubetsu Junmaishu Nara
Gekkeikan Sake USA, Inc. Gekkeikan "Black & Gold" California
Ishimoto Shuzo Koshi no Kanbai "Muku" Niigata
Kayashima Shuzo Nishinoseki "Tezukuri Junmaishu" Oita
Miyasaka Jozo Masumi "Okuden Kantsukuri" Nagano
Momokawa Murai Family "Tanrei Junmai Sake" Aomori
Nanbu Bijin Nanbu Bijin "Tokubetsu Junmaishu" Iwate
Okunomatsu Shuzo Okunomatsu "Tokubetsu Junmai" Fukushima
Rihaku Shuzo Rihaku "Tokubetsu Junmaishu" Shimane
Saura Uragasumi "Junmaishu" Miyagi
Tajime Chikusen "Junkara" Hyogo
Tonoike Shuzoten Seishu Sanran "Junmaishu" Tochigi
Ume Ichirin Shuzo Ume Ichirin "Junmaishu" Chiba
Yoshinogawa "Komedake no Sake" Niigata
Asama Shuzo Higen "Junmai" Gunma
Fukuchiyo Shuzo Nabeshima "65% Junmaishu" Saga
Fukuchiyo Shuzo Nabeshima "Tokubetsu Junmaishu" Saga
Genpei Shuzo Genpei "Junmaishu" Fukui
Hokusetsu Shuzo Hokusetsu "Junmai" Niigata
Kiuchi Shuzo Kikuzakari "Junmaishu" Ibaraki
Koshi no Hana Shuzo "Kawasemi no Uta" Junmai Niigata
Maihime Shuzo Maihime "Karakuchi Ki-Ippon" Tokubetsu Junmaishu Nagano
Matsunoi Shuzo Matsunoi "Tokubetsu Junmaishu" Niigata
Takara Sake USA Inc. Shochikubai "Tokubetsu Junmai" California
Takasago Shuzo Asahi Takasago "Morning Glow" Tokubetsu Junmai Hokkaido
Tenzan Shuzo "Jizake Tenzan" Saga
Uchigasaki Shuzoten Hoyo "Manamusume" Miyagi
Yoshimura Hideo Shoten "Nippon-jo" Wakayama

Kimoto (Yamahai)

Brewery Label Prefecture Award
Kato Kichibee Shoten Born "Kichibee" Fukui
Yoshida Shuzoten Tedorigawa "Yamahai Daiginjo" Ishikawa
Tajima Shuzo Fukuchitose "Toku" Yamahai Jungin Fukui
Kurosawa Shuzo Kurosawa "Junmai Kimoto" Nagano
Ozawa Shuzo Sawanoi "Iroha" Kiokejikomi Tokyo
Suehiro Shuzo Suehiro "Densho Yamahai Junmai" Fukushima
Tohoku Meijo Hatsumago "Kimoto Junmaishu" Yamagata
Yoshida Shuzoten Tedorigawa "Yamahai Junmai" Ishikawa
Kiminoi Shuzo Kiminoi "Emperor's Well" Junmai Daiginjo Yamahai Niigata
Daishichi Shuzo "Masakura" Fukushima
Mifuku Shuzo Mifuku "Iginjunsei" Shiga
Amabuki Shuzo Amabuki "Yamahai Junmai" Saga
Daishichi Shuzo "Junmai Kimoto Classic" Fukushima
Kasumitsuru Kasumitsuru "Kimoto Junmai" Hyogo
Tohoku Meijo Hatsumago "Magiri" Junmai Honkarakuchi Yamagata
Watarai Honten Dewanoyuki "Shizenshu" Yamagata

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