Entries from 23 countries totaled 1,450 wines. This is the highest , and the standard of wines was exceptionally high. The competition took place at the Hilton Tokyo from Monday 7th to Friday 11th June 2004.
Headed by Chairman Steven Spurrier and Co-Chairman John Avery MW, the international judges this year came from Australia, Germany, France, Hong Kong, Singapore and Italy. We were honoured to have three visiting Masters of Wine – Lynne Sheliff,and Pat Farrell (USA).
This year the judges awarded a total number of 659Awards (excluding Seal of Approval) – 93 (6.4%) Gold Medals (including the 7 Trophy Winning Wines);298 (20.69%) Silver Medals and 268(18.5%) Bronze Medals. Add to this the 410 (28.3%) Seal of Approval wines and a total of 73.8% of wines entered won an Award.
The Japan WINE Challenge Magazine will be published at the end of September with full coverage of this year’s competition including the list of all winning wines and tasting notes.
Wines from Toro awarded:
– Gran Colegiata Crianza Robel Frances 1999 : Silver Medal
– Sobreño Seleccion Especial 2000: Silver Medal
– Sobreño Crianza 2001: Seal of Aproval.