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EMW | Appointed Exclusive Importer and Distributor for Award Winning Rikyubai Sake for the Terroity of Mainland China
EMW | Appointed Exclusive Importer and Distributor for Award Winning Rikyubai Sake for the Terroity of Mainland China

EMW Appointed Exclusive Importer and Distributor for Award Winning Rikyubai Sake for the Territory of Mainland China

 

2020-08-11, Shanghai - EMW (Shanghai) Trading Company Limited (EMW) and the famous Osaka based brewery, Daimon Sake Brewery (Daimon), have entered into an exclusive distribution agreement in Mainland China for their award winning Rikyubai Sake series.

 

 person“We would like to express our sincere gratitude to be working with East Meets West Fine Wines (EMW)”, said Yasutaka Daimon, head of the historic Osaka brewery.  “China is filled with many traditions and has a rich history.  It is important and invaluable to have the guidance of EMW, a pioneer and dominant player in the wine market, to navigate this huge market.  Daimon Sake Brewery was founded in 1826 (9th year of Bunsei) in Mukune Village, at the foot of the beautiful mountain range of Ikoma.  Located in Katano, Kitakawachi, our Brewery sits in the northeastern part of Osaka Prefecture, in the middle of the historical plains between Osaka, Nara and Kyoto.  For nearly 200 years, we have continued to brew sake based on the culture of Katano, using traditional sake-making techniques. Our water, coming directly from the mountains behind us, is moderately soft water.  The fermentation of moromi (the main mash) grows gently, and the soft umami taste of rice will remain until the end of the fermentation. We hope that the Chinese customers can enjoy the umami taste deeply rooted in our Kamigata food culture.”  He goes on to say, “When our international customers do visit Osaka in the future, we hope they can visit Daimon Sake Brewery and spend the time to enjoy and experience our traditional style of sake brewing.  We look forward to welcoming everyone here.”

 

EMW is very excited to be partnered with Daimon and to represent their award winning Rikyubai series in Mainland China. Rikyubai is a symbol of Tea Ceremony and Kaiseki course, and is an important sake to pair with the cuisine to bring out the deep flavors of fresh seasonal foods.  It also brings a special experience on the nose with its elegant and complex aromas.  “I believe the taste, value, and packaging of this Sake will really impress our clients in mainland China,” said Knight Hu, Sake Brand Manager of EMW.   Hu continues by saying, “We are introducing Rikyubai from Daimon Sake Brewery to China, not only to let our Chinese customers have a taste of the excellent product from Daimon Sake Brewery, but also hoping they can taste the classic style of the sake.”   Rikyubai is the classic series of Daimon Sake Brewery and it is based on the historical culture of Osaka.

 

In the spring of 2020, at the Hong Kong TTSA Sake Competition, RIKYUBAI “Shizuka” Junmaiginjo, won the highest honor in the competition, being awarded the “Overall 2020 Champion Sake” and the “2020 Best of Category” for the important “Junmaiginjo” category.  This annual competition evaluates hundreds of sakes by both a panel of Sake experts and a panel of Sake consumers.  In earning the top award of Overall Champion the RIKYUBAI “Shizuka” Junmaiginjo was ranked “Top Junmaiginjo” by both the expert panel and the consumer panel.  

 

Rikyubai is a type of decoration flower used in Tea Ceremony, and it became famous because the Tea Ceremony Master Senrikyu likes to use it in Tea Ceremony presentation. Therefore when people mentioned Rikyubai in Japan it makes people relate to the elegant Tea Ceremony and delicate Kaiseki cuisine. And Rikyubai is like its name, elegant and delicate, passed on from generation to generation.

 

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About Daimon Sake Brewery

The history of Daimon Sake Brewery goes back to 1826, the name of the founder is Hanzaemon Yoshiyuki. He used the clear spring water coming from the mountain and the premium rice grown from the flatland to produce sake and sold his Sake locally which helped him to build up a high reputation over time. Thus, the young Hanzaemon Yoshiyuki named the brewery “Shu Han” and with full confidence, he started his career in sake. The name was subsequently changed to Daimon Brewery.

 

“Shu Han” is made up of two parts, one is the word “Shu” which means sake and “Han” is the first character in Hanzaemon and also means selling.  At the same time, the pronunciation of “Shu Han” is similar to Sake Shop, which means there is sake for sale. The brewery uses the same water as Yamazaki Whisky from Ikoma Mountain, close to Hyogo Prefecture. Today the running of the brewery has been passed on to its sixth generation.  In the past 200 years, despite the impact of the changes of different times, the family devotes themselves to sake producing. They want to make the drinker feel their passion and the rich culture in their sake. 

 

Sake Portfolio

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“Shizuka ”Junmaiginjo

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“Seizanryokusui ” Tokubetsujunmai

 

EMW Fine Wines

EMW is a leading importer, distributor and brand builder in the Greater China market, working closely with more than 90 leading family-owned and premium estates from 16 countries around the world.  EMW has an unequaled distribution network to top restaurants, hotels, wine shops, online VIP customers and an exclusive network of distribution covering over 160 cities in China.  EMW has been awarded “Best Wine Importer” for nine consecutive years since 2011 by China Sommeliers Wine Challenge/Wine 100 Challenge.

 

CONTACT EMW:

Knight Hu, Sake Brand Manager Knight.Hu@emw-wines.com

Shanghai Office Address:  Suite 202, No.664 Xinhua Road, Shanghai, China, Shanghai

 

EMW | Signs Agreement with Legendary Sake Producer Sakura Masamune for the Greater China
EMW | Signs Agreement with Legendary Sake Producer Sakura Masamune for the Greater China

Legendary Sake Producer Sakura Masamune Signs Distribution Agreement for Greater China with EMW

 

EMW (Shanghai) Trading Company Limited (EMW) is delighted to start its partnership with Sakura Masamune Co., Ltd. (Sakura Masamune) becoming the importer and distributor for Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

 

EMW has an import and distribution agreement and will begin distributing and selling Sakura Masamune across Greater China.  Sakura Masamune is a historic family owned brewery known as the original “Masamune” Sake and as the origin of the Sake Brewing Association’s Yeast No. 1.  Sakura Masamune produces its Sake using traditional production methods and techniques that have been cultivated since the Edo Period.  “We are very excited to begin cooperation with this legendary family brewery”, said Edouard Duval, CEO of EMW.  “I first met Mr. Yamamura Tazaemon at his brewery in Japan in 2019 and immediately understood the synergy and shared vision between us.  EMW is built on partnerships with great family owned wine estates and it was clear that we would be fortunate to represent this multi-generational historic sake brewery.”

 

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“We feel much honored to cooperate with EMW, the amazing company which has established strong distribution network and business know how in Greater China, the country with undeveloped wine market at that time.  We are really looking forward to the challenge of introducing sake, one of the Japanese traditional cultures, with EMW.  Sakura Masamune Co., Ltd. is a long-established sake brewery, has continued brewing top quality sake for almost 400 years in Nada district, Hyogo, the largest producing area of sake in Japan since its first brewing sake in 1625,” said Mr. Yamamura Tazaemon.  “We brew sake every day, with the rich natural environment and the inherited traditional skills. We would like to work together with EMW to develop the recognition and brand of sake to people all over the Greater China reflecting the network, knowledges and experiences in wine industry that EMW has.”

 

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About Sakura Masamune

 

Sakura Masamune has over 400 years of history as a specialty sake in Kobe and Uosaki Village in Nada Region. Every bottle is hand-crafted with great care. The core value of the sake is quality, with emphasis on rice, water, technique, culture and constantly thriving to brew popular sake.

 

The word “Masamune” comes from the “Rinzaiseisho” in Buddhism.  In ancient times formal Japanese pronunciation of Masamune was very close to the word sake and the brewery used Masamune as its name when it started production.  The more famous the brewery became, the more imitators started to use “Masamune” as a symbol of high quality sake.  In 1884, new trademark regulations were established and although “Masamune” was trademarked, as a result of the popular use of “Masamune” to refer to quality sake, the government decided to regard “Masamune” as a normal noun. Therefore, the brewery found it necessary to add the word “Sakura”, which is the national flower of Japan, and renamed itself “Sakura Masamune”.  And that is the story of the origin of the brand.

 

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Sakura Masamune has had many firsts in sake history and has made great contributions to the development of sake brewing.  Important advances in quality began with the sixth-generation head of the Yamamura family who found a special underground spring – Miyamizu – in Hyogo Prefecture, Nishimiya City.  He discovered the profound impact this type of water had on the quality of the sake, and along with progress in rice polishing, led to a great improvement in quality.  Subsequently Sakura Masamune became famous all over Japan as a producer of very high quality sake.

 

In 1904, as a brewery with outstanding reputation, Sakura Masamune contributed their yeast to the Sake Brewing Association and it came the first edition yeast (Brewing Association Yeast No. 1) and was distributed to sake breweries all over Japan.  This helped to improve the brewing quality of sake nationwide.

 

        Sake Portfolio

 

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Sakura Masamune Kinmare Junmaidaiginjo 40

 

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Masamune Ginjo Genshu

 

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Sakura Junmai

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Yakimare Kiippon

 

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Shumare Honjozo

 

EMW Fine Wines

EMW is a leading importer, distributor and brand builder in Greater China market, working closely with more than 90 leading family-owned estates from 16 countries around the world.  EMW has an unequalled distribution network to top restaurants, hotels, wine shops, online VIP customers and an exclusive network of distribution covering over 160 cities in China.  EMW has been awarded “Best Wine Importer” for nine consecutive years since 2011 by China Sommeliers Wine Challenge/Wine 100 Challenge.

 

CONTACT EMW:

Knight Hu, Sake Brand Manager Knight.Hu@emw-wines.com

Shanghai Office Address:  Suite 202, No.664 Xinhua Road, Shanghai, China, Shanghai

EMW | Expands business to include import and distribution of Japanese Sake to Greater China Market
EMW | Expands business to include import and distribution of Japanese Sake to Greater China Market

EMW | East Meets West Fine Wines Expands business to include import and distribution of Japanese Sake to Greater China Market

 

Beginning September 2020 EMW Fine Wines (EMW) will add a full range of premium crafted Sake to its portfolio of estate wines and artisan spirits.  After a year of extensive research and many discussions with top producers across Japan, EMW will utilize its extensive distribution network to distribute premium sake across Greater China.

 

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EMW is well known as one of Greater China’s leading premium wine importers and is the winner of the prestigious WINE100 “Best Importer 200-1000 SKUs” award for nine consecutive years.  It has more than 150 employees and offices across Greater China.  EMW imports premium wines and artisan spirits from 16 countries and distributes to over 160 cities in China.

“We see Sake as a natural extension to our existing product line”, says Edouard Duval, CEO of EMW.   “Over the past 16 years, EMW has built our distribution business by partnering with family owned, premium wine estates.  The Sake producers we seek also share a similar profile.   They are likely multi-generational family businesses who not only want to sell their Sake in China but also want to build their brand with a long-term perspective.  EMW is one of a relatively unique group of importers that are committed to building long-term brand value for the producer.”  He goes on to say, “EMW can leverage our extensive distribution and sales network to help craft Sake breweries and premium Sake producers to reach all parts of Greater China.”

 

EMW’s import and distribution business is a true multi-channel solution.  Its sales teams serve thousands of trade clients that include the leading hotel chains, restaurants, premium grocery, wholesaler distributors, and high-profile E-Commerce solutions.  In addition, with climate controlled warehouse and distribution networks in North China, East China, South China, West China, Hong Kong and Macau, EMW can ensure a quality and temperature controlled logistics solution in all major markets across Greater China.

 

EMW sees a bright future for Sake in China.  Today Greater China (mainland China, Hong Kong, and Macau) is the biggest consumer market for Sake after Japan, based on the 2019 Trade Statistics of Japan Report published by Japanese Ministry of Finance. “Jisake -- this simple Japanese word shows that Japanese think highly of regional characteristics, local culture, craftsmanship and dining habits when it comes to enjoying Sake which in many ways is similar to wine.,” says Knight Hu, Sake Brand Manager, EMW.  “Sake is the expression of the unique Japanese craftsman’s spirit which has been passed on from generation to generation.” As China’s market continues to develop, Chinese consumers demand high quality global products.  The affinity between Japanese products and the Chinese consumer is strong.  China shares a similar history of food & beverage culture that is built on rice and rice drinks. This helps them to understand and appreciate Sake.

 

CONTACTS EMW:

Knight Hu         

Sake Brand Manager

Knight.Hu@emw-wines.com

 

Joy Gao           

PR and Marketing Communications Executive

Joy.gao@emw-wines.com

 

Shanghai Office Address:

Tel: +86 21 6282 4966

Room 202, Man Po International Business Center

No. 664 Xin Hua Rd

Changning District, Shanghai, 200052

People’s Republic of China

EMW | WINE100 Challenge 2020 Awarded Wine List Revealed
EMW | WINE100 Challenge 2020 Awarded Wine List Revealed

EMW | WINE100 Challenge 2020 Awarding Wine List Revealed

 

The 2020 WINE100 Challenge has successfully been held at the Jing'An Shangri-La Shanghai on May 22nd. Chairman Andrew Caillard MW, Vice Chairman Sarah Heller MW, Chief Director Julien Boulard MV and Professor Huiqin Ma together led the judge panel with both national and international wine expertise teams, rating more than one thousand attending wines. 

 

EMW participated with 32 wines and has achieved 4 Trophies5 Golds,10 Silvers & 11 Bronzes! The year 2020 is no doubt another prosperous year for EMW!

 

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Trophy

Mazzei, "Castello Fonterutoli", Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG

马泽世家凤都城堡奇安蒂经典红葡萄酒 2016

Decanter: 97 PTS

James Suckling: 95 PTS

品种Variety:92% Sangiovese 桑娇维赛, 8% Malvasia Nera and Colorino 黑玛尔维萨和科罗里诺

产区Region:意大利/托斯卡纳 Tuscany/ Italy

 

Pikes, Traditionale Riesling, Clare Valley

派客酒庄传统雷司令白葡萄酒 2018

James Suckling: 92 PTS

The Wine Front: 93 PTS

品种Variety:100% Riesling雷司令

产区Region:南澳/克莱尔山谷 Clare Valley/ South Australia

 

Luis Cañas, Reserva, Rioja DOCa

路易卡纳斯珍藏红葡萄酒 2013

品种Variety:95% Tempranillo添普兰尼洛 5% Graciano 格拉西亚诺

产区Region:西班牙/里奥哈 Rioja / Spain

 

CRAGGY RANGE, "Te Muna" Pinot Noir, Martinborough

克拉吉特穆纳黑比诺红葡萄酒 2016
James Suckling: 92 PTS

Wine Enthusiast: 91 PTS

品种Variety:100% Pinot Noir 黑比诺

产区Region:新西兰/马丁堡 Martinborough/ New Zealand

 

Gold

CRAGGY RANGE, Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough

克拉吉酒庄长相思白葡萄酒 2019

品种Variety:长相思/Sauvignon Blanc

产区Region:新西兰/马丁堡 Martinborough/ New Zealand

 

Silver

Casa Ferreirinha Papa Figos Red, Douro DOC

费瑞娜酒庄 金色鹂红葡萄酒 2017

IWC: 95 PTS

品种Variety:35% 添普兰尼洛, 25% 红巴罗卡, 25% 多瑞加弗兰卡, 15% 国家图瑞加/

35% Tinta Roriz, 25% Tinta Barroca, 25% Touriga Franca, 15% Touriga Nacional

产区Region:葡萄牙/杜罗河 Douro/Portugal

 

Duval-Leroy, Femme de Champagne, Grand Cru Brut Nature

杜洛儿香妃香槟 2002

品种Variety:黑比诺,霞多丽/ Pinot Noir and Chardonnay    

产区Region:法国/香槟区 Champagne/ France

 

Duval-Leroy 'Lady Rose' Sec Rosé 

杜洛儿桃红夫人香槟 NV

品种Variety:霞多丽, 黑比诺/ Chardonnay and Pinot Noir

产区Region:法国/香槟区 Champagne/ France

 

John Duval Barossa Valley SGM, Barossa

约翰﹒杜瓦尔巴罗莎西歌穆红葡萄酒 2017

品种Variety:49%西拉, 34%歌海娜, 17%穆尔韦德/ 49% Shiraz , 34% Grenache, 17% Mourvèdre 

产区Region:澳大利亚/巴罗莎 Barossa/Australia

 

Catena Zapata, Catena Chardonnay, Mendoza

卡帝娜霞多丽白葡萄酒 2018

品种Variety:100% 霞多丽/100% Chardonnay

产区Region:阿根廷/门多萨 Mendoza/Argentina

 

Famille Perrin Les Sinards Rouge, Châteauneuf du Pape AOC 

佩兰家族教皇新堡希娜红葡萄酒 2017

Robert Parker: 92-94 PTS

品种Variety:歌海娜,穆尔韦德,西拉/Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah

产区Region:法国/教皇新堡 Châteauneuf du Pape/ France

 

Chateau Clarke, Baron Edmond de Rothschild, Listrac-Medoc AOC  

克拉克城堡红葡萄酒 2013

品种Variety:70% 梅洛, 30% 赤霞珠/ 70% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon 

产区Region:法国/波尔多 Bordeaux/ France

 

Chateau des Laurets Baron, Baron Edmond de Rothschild, Puisseguin Saint-Emilion AOC  

劳蕾丝古堡男爵红葡萄酒 2015

Wine Advocate: 90 PTS

品种Variety:100% 梅洛/ 100% Merlot

产区Region:法国/波尔多 Bordeaux/ France

 

Planeta, "Plumbago", Sicilia DOC

朴奈达酒庄蓝雪花红葡萄酒 2017

Falstaff: 91 PTS

品种Variety:100% 黑达沃拉/100% Nero d'Avola

产区Region:意大利/西西里 Sicily/ Italy

 

Schloss Gobelsburg, Grüner Veltliner Ried "Renner" Erste Lage, Kamptal DAC

高博古堡瑞内白葡萄酒 2017

James Suckling: 92 PTS

Wine Advocate: 90 PTS

品种Variety:100% 绿维特纳/100% Grüner Veltliner

产区Region:奥地利/坎普山谷 Kamptal/ Austria

 

 

 

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EMW | East Meets West Fine Wines Strengthens Partnership with Paul Jaboulet Aîné in Signing Hong Kong and Macau
EMW | East Meets West Fine Wines Strengthens Partnership with Paul Jaboulet Aîné in Signing Hong Kong and Macau

EMW | East Meets West Fine Wines Strengthens Partnership with Paul Jaboulet Aîné by Signing Hong Kong and Macau Markets Distribution Agreement

 

East Meets West Fine Wines (EMW) is delighted to strengthen its strategic partnership with the famous Northern Rhone Valley producer Paul Jaboulet Aîné (PJA), becoming the brand’s core distributor in Hong Kong and Macau markets. 

After 20 months’ cooperation in Mainland China starting from September 2018, the importer-distributor EMW announces the extension of its strategic partnership with the prestigious Northern Rhone Valley wine producer PJA to include Hong Kong and Macau markets, commencing May 8th, 2020. This new partnership includes EMW’s distribution of PJA’s full range in the territory, among which PJA’s Classic Range, Winegrowers’ Range, and back vintages of the iconic Domaine de Thalabert are under EMW’s exclusive distribution.

 

About Domaine Paul Jaboulet Aîné

Rhône Valley, France

 

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In 1834, a full 100 years before the introduction of the A.O.C. system, Antoine Jaboulet began to transform a sleepy region into one of the most important quality winegrowing terroirs in the world. Since that time, Paul Jaboulet Aîné has become the benchmark in the Northern Rhône, with the iconic Hermitage ‘La Chapelle’ being responsible for some of the greatest wines ever produced. Nowadays, the winery is led by the oenologist Caroline Frey.

 

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The wines are produced with a view to preserving and enhancing soils. Paul Jaboulet Aîné applies meticulous vine cultivation in accordance with organic viticulture and following biodynamic practices, together with a cutting-edge winemaking respectful of the terroir typicity, identity and authentic taste. All estates (120 hectares) are now certified organic.

 

 

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Wine Portfolio

1. Classic Range (Exclusivity)

Syrah, VDF

 Syrah, VDF

 

 

 

Parallèle 45 Rouge, Côtes du Rhône AOP

Parallèle 45 Rouge, Côtes du Rhône AOP

  Viognier, VDF          

Viognier, VDF         

Parallèle 45 Blanc, Côtes du Rhône AOP

Parallèle 45 Blanc, Côtes du Rhône AOP

 

2. Winegrowers Range (Exclusivity)

Les Jalets Rouge, Crozes-Hermitage AOP   

Les Jalets Rouge, Crozes-Hermitage AOP   

 

 

 

Les Grandes Terrasses, Cornas AOP

Les Grandes Terrasses, Cornas AOP

 

Les Jumelles, Côte Rôtie AOP                   

Les Jumelles, Côte Rôtie AOP      

 

 

Pierre Aiguille, Gigondas AOP

 Pierre Aiguille, Gigondas AOP  

Les Jalets Blanc, Crozes-Hermitage AOP                                    

Les Jalets Blanc, Crozes-Hermitage AOP               

 

 

 

Paul Jaboulet, Le Chant des Griolles, Muscat de Beaumes de Venise AOP

Paul Jaboulet, Le Chant des Griolles, Muscat de Beaumes de Venise AOP

                      

3. Domaines Range​​​​​​​

 

Domaine de Thalabert, Crozes-Hermitage  AOP                

(exclusivity for back vintages)

                  

                 Domaine de Thalabert, Crozes-Hermitage  

 

 

 

La Maison Bleue, Hermitage AOP

La Maison Bleue, Hermitage AOP

 

 

 

 

Domaine Mule Blanche, Crozes-Hermitage AOP​​​​​​​                         

Domaine Mule Blanche, Crozes-Hermitage AOP            

Le Chevalier de Sterimberg, Hermitage AOP

Le Chevalier de Sterimberg

                          

4. Iconic Range

La Chapelle, Hermitage AOP                                                        

La Chapelle, Hermitage AOP              

 

La Chapelle Blanc, Hermitage AOP

La Chapelle Blanc, Hermitage AOP

 

 

EMW Fine Wines

EMW Fine Wines is a leading wine importer, distributor and brand builder in Greater China market, working closely with more than 80 leading family-owned wineries from 15 countries around the world. EMW Fine Wines has an unequalled distribution network to top restaurants, hotels, wine shops, online VIP customers and an exclusive network of distribution covering over 160 cities in China. EMW has been awarded “Best Wine Importer” for nine consecutive years since 2011 by China Sommeliers Wine Challenge/Wine 100 Challenge.

 

CONTACTS EMW:

Gregory Bielot          Managing Partner

gregory.bielot@emw-wines.com

Hong Kong Office Address:

18/F, Kam Sang Building,No.257 Des Voeux Road Central, Sheung Wan,Hong Kong