|Company||Red Bridge Co.,Ltd.|
Kenichi is the most active wine and sake expert in Japan. Born in Tochigi Prefecture, he is the third generation owner of Yamajin Co., Ltd. (a distributor specialized in wine, sake and local spirits). Kenichi also has his own consultancy company, Red Bridge Co., Ltd. He is very active in the wine and sake world both at home and abroad. In recent years, he is continuing to contribute to the global sake promotion, as a sake co-chairman of the International Wine Challenge.
In 2015, he became the first Japanese national resident in Japan to obtain certification from the Institute of Masters of Wine (IMW). He also has been certified as a Sake Expert Assessor, the highest qualification of National Research Institute of Brewing Japan.
In 2016, Kenichi was nominated as one of the ‘100 Next Generation Creatives’ by the Nikkei Business magazine and awarded the most prestigious The Personality of the Year by the IWC (International Wine Challenge London). He is also awarded the title Sake Samurai by the Japan Sake Brewers Association Junior Council in 2018.
More recently, Kenichi co-founded The Wine Station (www.the-winestation.com), Japan’s largest next-generation online wine community.
Kenichi says, “As one of the Asian MWs, I wish to provide my Japanese opinions to wine in Asia and to contribute to create an entire “Asian quality hierarchy”.
“I always look forward to the Food & Wine judging. It always shows great diversity in the wines entered and our objective is to find the best matches to suit Asian tastes.
“A medal win in the HKIWSC will help producers in their marketing strategies to enter the Asian market.”
"I hope to contribute Japanese perspectives as a Master of Wine from Japan."
"My favourite part of judging in HKIWSC is food pairing. I am looking forward to hearing different ideas from judges with diverse culture backgrounds. "
- “Winning a silver medal in the HKIWSC has truly helped my product to achieve international credibility regarding its taste. This has positively affected
decisionmaking of several new merchants who now carry my product.”Kaustav BagchiOwner, Lamai Thai Spirits
- “Louis Royer Cognac has been entering the Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition for many years. This competition is regarded as the most respected in Asian countries. Winning an award is a high honour for our brand and a further seal of quality for our multi-award winning Cognac.”Carol FrugierMarketing and Communications Manager, Louis Royer Cognac
- “Adding to our success over the past few years at the HKIWSC, winning a trophy means so much to us as we have just recently entered the Chinese market with our brandies. The Chinese market is unique, which makes it even more exciting to know that Oude Molen VOV Brandy is well accepted.”Kobus GelderblomBrandy Master, Oude Molen Distillery
- “It is a great honour for us to receive this award and we are very thankful about the reputation from wine enthusiasts in China. This award is a testament to the fact that our white wines not only match the traditional Austrian food but also matches perfectly with the Asian cuisine.”Katja PflogschWinemaker, Domäne Wachau
- “To get recognition from such a prestigious panel is
veyrewarding indeed, and proves that our wines are made in a style that is truly food friendly. The HKIWSC has become one of the year’s most well-respected wine competitions globally. For us, the food match component is a fantastic chance to demonstrate how well our wines compliment so many different flavours. Moreover, it is a competition known and valued by our customers so a trophy can be hugely influential.””Susanna MayerWinemaker, Yealings
- “Awards and medals at the HKIWSC have been like a stamp of approval to the quality of our wines. Because it is an Asian-focused competition, I know that my wines are being judged and measured by the same yardstick as all the other wines, given our viticultural conditions are quite unique compared with the rest of the world. These medals give me and, more importantly, my consumers the confidence that my wines stand apart from the competition.”Kalash GurnaniWinemaker, York Winery
- “We are very proud of our results. One of our key focuses is the Asian market, so we really want to make our wines special and desirable for this market. That’s why we want to enter this competition and be evaluated by the expert judging panel.”Sofia Cajewski Winemaker, Cremaschi Furlotti
- “We at Yealands Estate Wines are proud to be
recognizedby the Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition. The organizationis held in the highest regard and our success in the competitions has become a strong voice for our quality around the globe.”Avram DeitchGlobal Marketing Manager, Yealands Wine Group
- “Winning awards in reputable international wine shows such as the Cathay Pacific HKIWSC is one of the many ways of educating our consumers and giving them confidence in purchasing the Saint Clair brand. This enhances brand perception
increases sales across our entire portfolio of wines.”Maria EastonWinemaker, Saint Clair Family Estate anin turn