Decanter hosted its first consumer tasting in Japan yesterday (26 November) of DAWA medal winning wines, in partnership with Enoteca, the country’s leading and best-known fine wine merchant.

More than 300 wine lovers attended the sell-out event hosted by Enoteca which took place at the prestigious Roppongi Hills Club in Tokyo. They were able to sample 80 medal winning wines from this year’s Decanter Asia Wine Awards, including 15 of the top trophy winners.

Speaking at the event, Decanter publishing director Sarah Kemp told the audience how personally thrilled she was to be at this landmark tasting with its President Yasuhisa Hirose who founded the business in 1988.

Enoteca now has 40 stores in Japan and Hong Kong. Kemp also pointed out that, ‘Japan is a country known for its wine connoisseurship and we are very proud indeed to co-host this tasting with Enoteca, a company I have admired from afar for many years.’

Also present were four of Japan’s greatest tasters and wine experts, Hiroshi Ishida, Hayato Kojima and Hiroki Matsumoto.

All three judged at the Decanter Asia Wine Awards which is the region’s largest wine competition and has become a guarantee of quality for Asia’s wine consumers.

The impressive selection of wines, styles and categories came from France, Italy, China, Chile, New Zealand, Australia, Argentina, Spain and Japan.

Individual wines included the 2014 Jade Series Sauvignon Blanc Semillon which took the White Blend International Trophy; Piper Heidsieck’s 2002 Rare Brut (Sparkling International Trophy) and La Rioja Alta’s 2005 Rioja Gran Reserva 904 (Spanish Red Trophy). Only 1.5% of entries at the 2015 competition were awarded with trophies.