Sake Institute of Ontario

Toronto International Sake Challenge Winners Announced

On October 1  the Sake Institute of Ontario organized a special sake tasting event at Peter Pan Bistro to commemorate International Sake Day.  This year’s celebration announced and celebrated the Category Winners of the Toronto International Sake Day which was held on September 21.  The event offered tastings of not only the Category Winners but a myriad of other sake from SIO members.


Here is a list of the Category Winners in the six categories at TISC 2015:


Eiko Fuji “Ban Ryu” Honjozo (Metropolitan Wines + Spirits)

Brewery Name: Eiko Fuji 


Yuki no Bosha “Cabin in the Snow” Yamahai Junmai (Metropolitan Wines & Spirits)

Brewery Name: Saiya Shuzo


Jikon “Senbonnishiki” Junmai Ginjo (That’s Life Gourmet)

Brewery Name: Kiyasho Shuzo


Tengumai “50” Junmai Daiginjo (That’s Life Gourmet)

Brewery Name: Shata Shuzo                                                                                                                                                           

Nigori (Cloudy)  

Dassai “50” Junmai Daiginjo Nigori (Metropolitan Wines + Spirits)

Brewery Name: Asahi Shuzo                                                                                                                                                        
Happoshu (Sparkling)

Hakkaisan Sparkling Nigori (Ozawa Canada)

Brewery Name: Hakkaisan                                                                                                                                 


Head Judge and SIO Vice President of Education Michael Tremblay said a few words about how the Toronto International Sake Challenge was organized. Ten judges participated in assessing over 100 entries that are in the Ontario market.


Joann Maplesden accepted two of the awards on behalf of That’s Life Gourmet.  Sake Judge Daisuke Izutsu was on hand to present awards to the winners.


Shotaro Ozawa of Ozawa Canada accepts the Category Award for the Hakkaisan Sparkling Nigori from Sake Judge James Pollock.

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Sake Judge Michael Tremblay presents Vivian Hatherell of Metropolitan Wines & Spirits one of the agencies three Category Awards.


approximately 100 guests attended Sake Day and enjoyed more than 40 sake and appetizers from Peter Pan Bistro.


Representatives from breweries in Japan, such as Otokoyama and Tama no Hikari, were pouring sake and answering sake questions.





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