25th November 2020

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Held on the 25th November, this Virtual Tasting brought together aficionados from the words of wine and spirits for a fascinating virtual masterclass and tasting led by Sarah Abbott MW.  Sarah is an expert on Japanese wine, and became bitten by the sake bug while researching wines in Japan. Her perspective is as a wine lover discovering sake, and the ways in which its rich heritage and culture and diverse, nuanced styles have both parallels and contrasts with wine.

Gunma is a land-locked prefecture, famous in Japan for its unspoiled beauty, strong agricultural traditions, snowy mountains, pure water, hot springs, and Wagyu beef, of which Gunma is considered to produce the best examples in Japan. Sake production here is characterised by many smaller sake breweries with a wide diversity of approaches and styles. While all breweries sell directly to many of Tokyo’s top restaurants, and via their “cellar door”, exports are new, but growing.

Click here to watch a video about the Gunma Craft Sake project:


Link to the tasting sheet

Here to an article, ‘Why Gunma Craft Sake is worth putting on your buying radar’ in The Buyer

Gunma Craft Sake is an initiative of JETRO Gunma that seeks to bring these characterful, independent producers to a wider audience.


Christine Parkinson @ChrisWineSake

“I just wanted to convey my thanks for pulling together yesterday’s session on Gunma Sake – what a challenge, with the connection to Japan and the interpreters.  It was extraordinary and very much appreciated.  Thank you once more for this amazing opportunity.”

Luisa Vogliolo-Welch Euposia Wine Education ~ wine educator • wine judge • wine writer

“Many thanks for yesterday’s Gunma Sake tasting – fascinating.  Thanks again for your time and for asking me along. I enjoyed them all.”

Robin Naylor Product development manager for Boutinot Ltd & Invino

“Thank you for today!  Lovely interesting sakes from Gunma. Fab variety of surprisingly different styles albeit from a small area of Japan. I was particularly impressed by Tsuchida.  Well done for organising this. The sakes all arrived perfectly too.  Really enjoyed the session.



Marie Cheong-ThongWSET Certified Educator | JSS (Japan) Certified Educator | Board Director British Sake Association | SSI Shochu Certified Educator | Council Member Assoc. of Wine Educators | Member Circle of Wine Writers | Panel Chair International Spirit Challenge

“Thank you again for the Japanese wine tasting invitation.  As usual it’s super professional, well-organised, interactive and fun.  I learned a lot and enjoyed the Japanese hamper.  That is so generous. I look forward to participating to the next wine tasting!

Rebecca Enotria & Co