International SAKE Challenge インターナショナル・サケ・チャレンジ

Chairmen's Welcome

Anthony Rose アンソニー・ローズ

Anthony Rose

This will be the third year I have had the pleasure of being a judge at the International Sake Challenge in Tokyo. Since first taking part in the competition in 2007, I have become increasingly aware of the part that sake has to play on the UK and international drinks stage. I have seen delegations of Japanese brewers come to London to give tastings to the trade and I have seen how London restaurants and top retailers have become more aware of sake as one of the world's classic beverages.

While the market is still niche and interest confined to a relatively small group of cognoscenti, I believe that the potential for discovering the joys of sake is largely untapped. As long as there is a firm commitment to export quality sake to the UK and other countries, there is a good chance of sake entering the mainstream drinks market, but it will require good communication skills and an ongoing commitment of time, money and energy.

Anthony Rose is the wine correspondent of the Independent in England. He writes a weekly column ( and contributes wine news and travel articles. He also contributes to Decanter Magazine and the World of Fine Wine and teaches the Leiths School of Food & Wine certificate in schools and the Wine & Spirit Education Trust intermediate certificate. He is chairman of the Decanter World Wine Awards Australia panel and of the Decanter Wine Retailer Awards panel.

Anthony has won several awards for wine writing, including, most recently, the Louis Roederer International Wine Columnist of the Year 2008. He is a founding member of The Wine Gang at and also displays his writing and blog, for which he was nominated by the Louis Roederer International Wine Awards last year, on his

Tetsuo Hasuo - Co-Chairman