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Issue 12: From the Editor

Late last month, the sake of Yamagata Prefecture was officially granted GI (Geographical Indication) status by the National Tax Administration. This means that they have secured the right to call their sake “Yamagata” sake, and that no one else can do that. This is similar in letter and spirit to putting the term “champagne” on the bottle. In truth, while historically many sparkling wine producers outside of Champagne, France wanted to–and did–use the region’s name on the bottle, it is unlikely that any sake brewer…

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