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Liberty Wines makes first foray into Sake

Published:  30 June, 2017

Liberty Wines has become the UK agent for Tosa Brewery’s Keigetsu range, marking the first time they’ve added a Sake into their portfolio.

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Generation Sake

Published:  14 June, 2017

A wave of young brewers are shaking things up in sake, increasing its popularity with a new generation 
in Japan and internationally. 
Anna Greenhous reports

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Sake brewery aims to revitalise whisky operations

Published:  23 January, 2017

The Wakatsuru Shuzo sake brewery is to reinvest in whisky production again following a round of crowdfunding.

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Sam Harrop MW to step down as IWC chair after 11 years on judging panel

Published:  01 November, 2016

The International Wine Challenge (IWC) has announced a shuffle of its judging panel ahead of its November tastings.

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Work to build £9m UK sake brewery gets underway

Published:  25 October, 2016

Building is now underway at what is believed to be the UK's first sake brewery having appointed a local contractor to carry out construction work.

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Insights: Sake's new image

Published:  05 September, 2016

Not long ago sake was the preserve of Japanese restaurants, often low quality, cheap and served hot. But standards and times have changed with the rise in popularity of superior premium sakes.

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IWC Sake: 59 gold medals awarded to 50 sake breweries

Published:  20 May, 2016

International Wine Challenge Sake 2016 awarded 59 gold medals to 50 sake breweries across Japan at this year's competition.

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Premium yuzu liqueur from Isake International goes on sale in Selfridges

Published:  30 March, 2016

Isake International has announced the launch of a new premium yuzu liqueur, which will be available through Selfridges from next month.

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London Wine Fair to welcome first Sake Pavilion

Published:  23 March, 2016

The London Wine Fair is to feature a major sake presence for the first time.

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Inaugural Gekkeikan Masters Cooking Competition winner revealed

Published:  27 January, 2016

The winner of the inaugural Gekkeikan Masters Cooking Competition 2016 has been announced.

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Q&A: Footballer Hidetoshi Nakata talks sake

Published:  21 January, 2016

Anna Greenhous, talks to one of the greatest Japanese footballers of all time, Hidetoshi Nakata, about retiring and becoming an international sake ambassador.

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Insights: The state of the sake market today

Published:  22 December, 2015

Looking at the recent history of the sake trade - the boom in sake, and sudden falling out of fashion in Japan which has resulted in the closure of 100s of sake breweries. Which types of sake Brewery survived? How have sake producers changed to meet different market conditions? Anna Greenhaus reports

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Insights: What will blaze the way for on-trade trends in 2016?

Published:  09 December, 2015

From sipping tequila to shorter wine lists, Douglas Blyde asked leading figures in the on-trade what trends they predict will lead the way in 2016

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First sake cocktail competition launches in London

Published:  09 November, 2015

The Hyper Japan Christmas Market has announced its inaugural sake cocktail competition.

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Q&A: Philip Harper, the only non-Japanese Toji in Japan talks about what it takes to become a sake master brewer

Published:  16 September, 2015

Philip Harper grew up in Cornwall and upon graduating from Oxford University moved to Japan to teach English and in 2001, he passed the Nanbu Brewer's Guild exams to become the first and only foreign Toji, or master sake brewer. 

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Analysis: Anna Greenhous asks why competitions are boosting sake's image

Published:  21 July, 2015

Sake's popularity is growing apace. Anna Greenhous take a look at how understanding of the category is changing with the help of international competitions

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International Wine Challenge 2015 Sake Competition Winners

Published:  20 July, 2015

Nearly 900 sakes battled it out for medals at this year's International Wine Challenge 2015.  Congratulations to all the winners for a fantastic year in a category that continues to expand.

Champion Sake Award of 2015 sponsored by Japan Airlines:  Homare Sake Brewery Aizu Homare Banshu Yamadanishiki Junmai Daiginjo.

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Anna Greenhous: Do different rice varieties effect different styles and flavours of sake?

Published:  16 April, 2015

Different grape varieties create distinctively different styles and flavours of wine, but can the same be said for different rice varieties with sake? Anna Greenhous investigates.

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Japanese sake producers reflect on four years of recovery to mark earthquake anniversary

Published:  10 March, 2015

Four years since the earthquake and tsunami wreaked havoc across Japan, Anna Greenhous looks at how sake producers, some of whom were wiped out at the time, have rebuilt their industry and how sake has become a symbol for regeneration and hope in the country.

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UK's first Sake brewery and visitor centre to open in Cambridgeshire

Published:  06 February, 2015

Dojima, a Japanese brewery based in Osaka, which was founded over 600 years ago has established a company in the UK and plans to start producing premium sake on U.K soil this year.

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