A New Milestone for Chile’s Wine Industry: Chilean Wines Excelled in Japan
On June 14th the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Tokyo provided the backdrop for the latest edition of the now famous Berlin Tasting, when seventy guests—including some of Japan’s most respected wine writers and sommeliers, as well as representatives of the Asian nation’s top wine stores—blind tasted Viñedo Chadwick, Seña and Don Maximiano Founder’s Reserve in the company of reputed French and Italian wines. Read More >
The Berlin Tasting of 2004 thrust Chile’s wines into the international spotlight when a blind tasting panel of renowned European wine journalists ranked Viñedo Chadwick 2000 and Seña 2001 first and second, respectively.
The results of the latest blind tasting in Tokyo once again showed the excellence of Chilean wines, which obtained four out of five top rankings alongside Europe’s best and most traditional wineries, according to the preference of those the tasting’s participants. Also participating were distinguished wine writers from China, Hong Kong, Korea and Taiwan, who were specially invited for the occasion.
The event was moderated by Fumiko Arisaka, founder of Vinotheque magazine and organizer of this tasting, and by Steven Spurrier, one of the most respected wine journalists in the United Kingdom nowadays and a columnist for Decanter magazine.
“We are very proud of this excellent outcome in Japan, a market that holds so much potential for Chile’s wine industry. This tasting confirms the results of Berlin and reaffirms our conviction that our wines are already among the best in the world,” commented Viña Seña and Viña Errázuriz President Eduardo Chadwick, adding that “with blind tastings like these, where wine writers and wine specialists choose our Seña, Viñedo Chadwick and Don Maximiano wines from among some of the world’s most renowned appellations, we are making a contribution to the reputation of all Chilean wines.”
Shinya Tasaki (1995 World Champion Sommelier & Current President Of A.S.I.) Kazuyoshi Kogai (Past-President Of A.S.I. & Japanese Sommelier Association) Makoto Abe, Fumiko Aoki, Haruhiko Arai, William Campbell, Sandra Chan, Jeannie Cho Lee, James Devereux, Tomoko Ebisawa, Kenko Fu, Rika Fukumizu, Satoshi Goto, Chisa Hamada, Koutarou Hayama, Kouzou Honda, William Hsu Jr, Noriko Inagaki, Motoko Ishii, Tomonori Iwao, Toshimi Iwasaki, Daisuke Kawakami, Satoshi Kimijima, Natsumi Kimura, Hayato Kojima, Hiroshi Kojitani, Jong Hoon Lee, Sanghwang Lee, Kazuyuki Mori, Mitsuharu Morosawa, Kei Murata, Hisako Nagano, Kunio Naito, Katsuo Nakada, Sumiko Nakagami, Kyoko Nishino, Yasuhiro Nishiyama, Nobuske Noto, Kazumi Okabe, Kumiko Okuyama, Miyuki Osawa, Akiko Oshima, Hiromi Otani, Keiko Ozeki, Jojo Poon, Yuichi Sakamoto, Shouji Sasaki, Youichi Sato, Miyako Sato, Hiroyuki Seino, Shuji Sekimoto, Lee She-Yong, Lynne Sherriff, Kohei Shindo, Yuji Shundo, Lau Chi Sun, Toshiyuki Suzuki, Hiroshi Tagawa, Yumi Tanabe, Nobuhide Tani, Robert Temple, Satoshi Tsuboi, Naoto Uchiike, Eiji Wakabayashi, Kao Wan-Pei, Shinichi Watanabe, Akihiko Yamamoto, Kouichi Yasui, Takefumi Yoshida, Setsuko Yoshida, Xiaojuan Yuan, J.K. Whelehan.