Effect of COVID-19 on the Appraisal (Updated on October 1)
Because Hawai‘i government announced that the travel restrictions from the mainland would be lifted on October 15, we pushed back the judging date from October 12–14 to October 17–19. Please see the Entry Submission page for the updated schedule.
We have also decided to invite judges mostly from Hawai‘i due to the fact that travel restrictions between Honolulu and Japan are still in effect. The updated judge listing is as follows.
Chiaki Takahashi, President, United Sake Consulting Co., Ltd.
Alan Kido, President, Kokusai Sake Kai
Shuji Abe, Director, Kokusai Sake Kai
Chris Pearce, Director, Kokusai Sake Kai
Chris Johnson, US National Sale Manager, World Sake Imports
Roberto Viernes, Master Sommelier, Court of Master Sommeliers
Chris Ramelb, Advanced Sommelier, Court of Master Sommeliers
Kevin Okasaki, Highest score graduate, Sake Sensory Appraisal Seminar
Victor Huynh, Sake Educator, Wine & Spirit Education Trust
Thank you for your support and understanding.