See highlights of Decanter's first consumer tasting in South Korea of medal winning wines from the Decanter Asia Wine Awards (DAWA). The tasting was held on 5 December, in partnership with Mashija Magazine.
Related DAWA 2016 content on Decanter.com:
- Find out where to taste award winning wines near you in Asia
- See all Platinum Best in Show medals
- See all Platinum medals
- See all Gold medals
The First DAWA Tasting in Seoul
Decanter Magazine successfully held the Decanter Asia Wine Awards (DAWA) tasting at the JW Marriot Dongdaemun in Seoul on Dec 5th. This was the first DAWA tasting to take place in Korea and was hosted by Mashija Magazine in partnership with Decanter.
The tasting was intended for professionals working in the Korean wine industry and Korean wine lovers at large. More than 170 guests attended the event and enjoyed the opportunity to taste 41 selections from the award-winning wines of DAWA 2016. The 41 wines presented included 7 best in shows and 4 gold medals.
To kick off the event was the opening ceremony and commencement speech delivered by Moonsong Bang, president of Mashija Magazine, followed by Sally Cheng’s presentation. Cheng’s presentation underlined how impressed and delighted she was by the turnout and celebrated the success of the inaugural DAWA tasting in Seoul. The diverse group of guests who attended the event included wine lovers, sommeliers, restaurant and bar owners, and embassy representatives based in Korea.
Now one of the biggest wine competitions in Asia, DAWA started in 2012 in Hong Kong. The award draws on the success of its parent event DWWA, and employs a similar judging system. DAWA seeks to introduce to consumers and professionals alike high quality wines that are available in the Asian market but have yet to gain proper exposure.
Meanwhile DAWA is now one of the most famous and influential wine competitions in the world, taking place annually in Hong Kong led by Steven Spurrier, chairman of DAWA. Every year 50 of the world’s most distinguished wine experts are invited to oversee the event as members of the panel. Moonsong Bang joined the awards as a wine expert representing Korea in 2012.
As official sponsors of the event, Duval-Leroy offered welcome champagne and Riedel provided the champagne glasses for the DAWA tasting in Seoul.
See full list of wine showcased at the event here.
This is the first time that Decanter has hosted an event in South Korea
Over 100 guests attended the tasting
41 DAWA winners
Visitors enjoyed 41 DAWA winning wines at the event which took place at the 5* JW Marriott Dongdaemun Square Hotel, Seoul.
The selection of DAWA winning wines included winners from Italy, Australia and Canada, among others.
Mashija’s Moonsong Bang, DAWA judge and director of the Winevision school, led the tasting
Wine lovers shared their experience on social media
The event was streamed live on Facebook
Decanter would like to thank Mashija Magazine for helping us to put on this tasting.