On a nice April morning, I’ve got a call from Rie Yoshitake, whom I know from numerous sake events. “Alex, would you like to be a sake judge at IWC”, she asked out of the blue. “Yes!”, I replied without any hesitation. It was my dream for the last couple of years and now it’s been fulfilled! Yay!
In this episode, I am talking about the IWC (International Wine Challenge), how the judging happens, my personal experience and my takeaways from three days of intensive judging.
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- What is IWC (International Wine Challenge)
- How I got into IWC judging
- What is the IWC judging process
- My personal judging experience
- What I learnt during the IWC Sake
- My sake discoveries
- A little Q&A
- Sake of the episode: Suigei Junmai Ginjo Ginrei
Wirklich Wichtig (CB 27) by Checkie Brown https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Checkie_Brown_1005/hey/Wirklich_Wichtig_CB_27
Just Arround the World (Kielokaz ID 362) by KieLoKaz