Japan Wine Tasting: Coco Farm Winery-“Iwao Furugawa” White (conducted at la Sommeliere in Shizuoka City)

My good friend, Mrs. Hiromi Hasegawa/長谷川浩美さん, owner of La Sommeliere, a fine wine and sake shop doubling as a bar and small restaurant has been a lot of efforts recently to discover fine wines made in japan!

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She has just introduced superlative wines from a Winery gathering a lot of praise in Tochigi Prefecture named Coco Farm Winery!

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This particular white wine produced in 2014 has a been given a special name “Une Soirée de Violon”/”A Violin Evening” because the great classicl/jazz violonist, Mr. Iwao Furugawa, who has also given his name to this brew, plays a concert at the Winery every year in the Festival held every December to celebrate the latest harvest!

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it is somewhat complicated wine to explain!

Grapes: Chardonnay (50%), Müller-Thurgau 16%), Bacchus (15%), Koshu (9%), other grapes (10%)
The Chardonnay grapes were harvested in Kamiyama/上山 in Yamagata Prefecture and in Takayama Mura/高山村 in Nagano Prefecture on the 24th, 27th of September and 2nd of October in 2014). The Müller-Thurgau (on the 24th and 29th of September 2014) and Bacchus grapes (on the 24th of September 2014) were harvested in Yoichi City/余市 in Hokkaido . The Koshu grapes were harvested in Katsunuma/勝沼 in Yamanashi Prefecture on the 18th and 24th of September 2014.
All grapes were gently pressed before the juices were stored in stainless vats.They were to ferment at 18 degrees to maximize the aroma of the grapes.They were left a comparatively short time to ferment before being filtered and bottled.
Bottlng was conducted on 10th, 11th and 12th of March 2015 into 17,436 bottles of 750 ml and 9,161 bottles of 375 ml.
Alcohol: 11.9%
Acidity: 0.531 g/100 ml
Residual sugars: 0.605%

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Clarity: very clear
Color: light golden
Aroma: Very complex, dry and fruity: muscat, dry raisins, apricot, faint pineapple, notes of green apples and bananas
Body: fluid and very easy to drink
Taste: almost completely beside the aroma.
Dry and fruity attack backed up by faint and pleasant petillant.
Agreeably lingers on the palate to reveal all kinds of facets: cider-like acid apples, flowers of all kinds.

Overall: very intriguing wine for Japanese winery which concentrates on the choice and blending of grapes to leave the producing to farmers all over Japan.
Very reminiscent of a superior Alsace wine, especially Riesling.
Definitely of a superior level in Japan despite its young age which hold promises for the future!
Best enjoyed at room temperature , even for a white wine.

Suggested pairings: cream gratin, vegetable pasta, asparagus, chicken dishes.
Would be particularly welcome with sandwiches at lunch on a hot day!

A discovery!

LA SOMMELIERE

420-0857 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Miyuki Cho, 7-5, Aiseido Bldg, 1F
Tel. & Fax: 054-266-5085
Opening hours: 11:00~22:00, 12:00~18:00 on Sundays & National Holidays
FACEBOOK (Japanese)
Entirely non-smoking!

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ABRACADABREW, Magical Craftbeer from Japan
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Shizuoka Sake Tasting: One Cup Series 10): Hana no Mai Brewery-Honjozo

A very interesting and reasonable way to taste sake is to acquire one-cup sake!
They also make for cute collection of glasses or cups!

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Now, this is the second tasting of the second batch of Shizuoka Prefecture One Cup Sake I obtained at Matsuzakaya Department Store in Shizuoka City!

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A very flowery label by Hana No Mai/the Flower Dance Brewery in Hamamatsu City!

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Combined with Mount Fuji to signify this is a sake from Shizuoka Prefecture!

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Rice: Brewery-grown Yamada Nishiki
Rice milled down to 60%
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Bottled on March 18th, 2015

Clarity: very clear
Color: almost transparent
Aroma: Strong, dry and fruity. Dark chocolate, custard.
Body: fluid
Tasting: Dry and fruity attack
Complex: coffee beans, dark chocolate, nuts, custard.
Lingers for a while before departing on a softer note with late appearance of dry chestnuts.
Varies little with food, tends to blend with it.
Will turn again drier away from food with strong coffee beans.

Overall: far better than expected for a simple honjozo!
Although tasted chilled, would do well at any temperature.
The kind of sake that would please any one any time especially around a BBQ or a hot pot.
Suggested pairings: stew, yakitori, spicy food, cheese.
A sake for all seasons!

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-Sake: Ichi For The Michi by Rebekah Wilson-Lye in Tokyo, Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
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-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
ABRACADABREW, Magical Craftbeer from Japan
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-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

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French Gastronomy: Birthday Dinner at Pissenlit in Shizuooka City!

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Chef Toru Arima/有馬亨さん at work!

Service: Excellent and very friendly.
Facilities: Great cleanliness overall. Superb washroom (mouthwash and toothpicks provided!)!
Prices: Reasonable to slightly expensive, very good value.
Strong points: Interesting wine list. Great use of local products, especially organic vegetables and Shizuoka-bred meat and caught fish. Very inventive French gastronomy.

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I recently (when?) celebrated my birthday at French Restaurant Pissenlit in Shizuoka City!
What did we have this time in my favorite French Restaurant in Shizuoka City?

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A cross between American, french and Japanese gastronomy for the appetizer:
Mini “Minced Katsu pork” hamburger!

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Deep-fried conger eel on an exotic tomato salad!

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Bourgogne escargots in Brioche!

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Scallops-stuffed galette!

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A very soft galette made of potatoes!

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Black bass poele and its bouillabaisse!

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The black bass!

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The bouillabaisse!

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Fuji Yusui Pork from Gotemba City and Shizuoka organic vegetables!

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No less than five different potatoes among them!

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First dessert: Coffee creme brulee and tiramisu-style mascarpone ice cream!

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Dark and mysterious creme brulee!

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Second dessert, a very unusual one!

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Feuillete with wine-compote of eggplant with fresh fig and mint ice-cream!

Of course we had wine! LOL

PISSENLIT
420-0839 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Takajo, 2-3-4
Tel.: 054-270-8768
Fax: 054-627-3868
Business hours: 11:30~14:30; 17:00~22:00
Closed on Tuesdays and Sunday evening
HOMEPAGE (Japanese)
Credit Cards OK
Entirely non-smoking!
WC-BF-1
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-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
ABRACADABREW, Magical Craftbeer from Japan
-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

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Shizuoka Sake Tasting: Eikun Brewery-Junmai “Yui Sararikarakuchi

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I tasted this particular from one of my favorite breweries, Eikun Brewery (Shizuoka City, Shimizu Ku, Yui) at a more or less secret lair of mine in Shizuoka City where I can indulge in my hobby away from the crowds!

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Eikun Brewery labels all look the same but this one includes a small important detail!

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Can you see the small shrimp?
It is a sakura ebi, the emblem of Yui, famous all over the country!

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Rice milled down to 60%
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Bottled in June 2015

Clarity: very clear
Color: very faint golden hue
Aroma: dry and fruity. Pineapple, faint bananas
Body, fluid, almost sirupy
Taste: very dry and fruity attack backed up with strong junmai petillant.
Complex. Custard, walnuts, pineapple, oranges.
Lingers for a while warming up the back of the palate before departing with dry oranges.
Varies little with food but for a drier note and appearance of dark chocolate.
Coffee beans make a strong appearance once away from food again.

Overall: very elegant and refreshing but intriguing for a sake of such comparatively humble status.
For all seasons on its own or with food at any temperature!
Suggested pairings: Any vegetable dish in particular!

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Shizuoka Craft Beer: Aoi Brewing-“Forgery Kölsch”

By pure chance I discovered this new but unannounced craft beer by Aoi Brewing at AOI BEER STAND in Shizuoka City!
I wasn’t supposed to suddenly have the time to visit the place but here I was staring at the blackboard!

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“Forgery Kölsch”?
The reason for the “Forgery” naming is that it was not supposed to be brewed that way and I’m not at liberty to explain any further!

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Served on tap
Barley, barley malt, hop, live yeast
Unfiltered
Alcohol/ABV: 5.0%
Bubbles: very fine bubbles. Longish head. creamy, white
Clarity: slightly smoky (normal considering live yeast and being unfiltered), very clean
Color: lemon-orange color
Aroma: light and fruity. Citruses.
Taste: very light, dry, refreshing and fruity attack backed up with welcome acidity.
Citruses, lemon.
Lingers long enough on the palate for true tasting before departing on a drier note with more citruses.
varies little with food.

Overall: Very refreshing, light and satisfying craft beer.
Perfect for a hot summer afternoon.
Unfortunately it will be only one-off craft beer although there will enough to serve on tap for the next two weeks, but do hurry!

Beer Junkie MOTEL

420-0035 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Shichiken Cho, 11-5, IMAKKOKO Bldg. 1F
Tel.: 054-253-6558
Opening hours: 17:00~25:00, 17:00~26:00 (Saturday), 15:00~22:00 (Sunday)
Closed on Tuesday
Parties welcome
FACEBOOK

BEER GARAGE

Aoi Brewing Co.,Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Miyagasaki Chyo, 30
Tel.: 054-294-8911
Opening hours: 17:00~23:00 (Monday~Friday), 15:00~23:00 (Saturday), 15:00~22:00 (Sunday)
Closed on Tuesdays
COD, Cash On Delivery only for all orders.
MAP
FACEBOOK

AOI BEER STAND
Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Miyuki Cho, 4-6, Den bill, 1F
Tel.: 054-260-5203
Opening hours: 11:00~23:00
Credit cards OK
FACEBOOK

Some Aoi beers are also available at Aoi Brewery’s restaurant in Shizuoka City, namely

GROWSTOCK

420-0852 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Koyamachi Naka Building, 5F
Tel.: 054-293-9331
Opening hours: 17:00~25:00 (Mon.~Thurs.), 17:00~27:00 (Fri & Sat.), 17:00~24:00 (Sun.)
Parties welcome (reserve!)
Credit Cards OK
FACEBOOK

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Must-see tasting websites:

-Sake: Ichi For The Michi by Rebekah Wilson-Lye in Tokyo, Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
ABRACADABREW, Magical Craftbeer from Japan
-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

HIGHOCTANE/HAIOKU by Nick Itoh in Shizuoka City

Kyoto Craft beer: Kizakura Brewery-Kyoto Beer Brown Ale

Kizakura Brewery is on eof the most famous sake breweries in Kyoto and it does some craft beers among other products.
I had the occasion to taste one of them during a recent trip to that famed touristic spot!

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Produced in cans of 330 ml
Barley, barley roasted malt, hop, yeast
ABV: 9%
Filtered

Bubbles: long head, fine bubbles, light orange color
Deep orange color
Aroma: discreet. Bread, biscuits
Taste: Dry, refreshing, fruity attack.
Bread, biscuits, ginger bread, dry apricots.
Lingers just long enough for true tasting before departing on a soft and dry note with biscuits lingering on.
Varies little with food but for a softer note.

Overall: Refreshing, straightforward craft beer, better than a thirst quencher.
Drinks easily and deserves to be sampled.
For all dsasons, with a high alcohol contents which makes it worthwhile.

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Must-see tasting websites:

-Sake: Ichi For The Michi by Rebekah Wilson-Lye in Tokyo, Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
ABRACADABREW, Magical Craftbeer from Japan
-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

HIGHOCTANE/HAIOKU by Nick Itoh in Shizuoka City