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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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Tochigi Beer Tasting: Ushitora Brewery-Hey! Nenooki Koohii/Wake-up Coffee

AOI BEER STAND owned by Aoi Brewery in Miyuki Cho, Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City, has the merit to offer on tap other craft beers from Shizuoka Prefecture and the rest of Japan, but you do have to hurry as they usually served only one keg before switching to another brew!

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This time I tasted another interesting craft beer from Ushitora Brewery in Tochigi Prefecture: “Nenooki Koohii/Wake-up Coffee”!

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Served on tap
Barley, 4 types of malt including “2 row” malt, Northern brewer hop, live yeast. Coffee beans
Unfiltered
Alcohol/ABV: 4.4 %
IBU: 25
Bubbles: very fine bubbles. Long head. Creamy. Milk coffee color
Clarity: slightly smoky (normal considering live yeast and being unfiltered), very clean
Color: very dark brown
Aroma: light. Coffee beans
Taste: very refreshing and dry attack. Coffee! Hints of bread.
lingers long enough for true tasting before departing with moredry coffee beans..
Varies little with food but for a drier note.

Overall: very light approach for a flavored craft beer.
Very refreshing for all seasons!
It should please anyone, especially on a hot afternoon!

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

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, Francescannotwrite, My White Kitchen, Foodhoe, Chucks Eats, Things that Fizz & Stuff, Five Euro Food by Charles,Red Shallot Kitchen by Priscilla,With a Glass, Nami | Just One Cookbook, Peach Farm Studio, Clumsyfingers by Xethia, PepperBento, Hapabento, Kitchen Cow, Lunch In A Box, Susan at Arkonlite, Vegan Lunch Box; Tokyo Tom Baker, Daily Food Porn/Osaka, Only Nature Food Porn, Happy Little Bento, J-Mama’s Kitchen, Cook, Eat, Play, Repeat, Bento Lunch Blog (German), Adventures In Bento, Anna The Red’s Bento Factory, Ohayo Bento,

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
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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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Tochigi Beer Tasting: Ushitora Brewery-Hey! Pineapple

AOI BEER STAND owned by Aoi Brewery in Miyuki Cho, Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City, has the merit to offer on tap other craft beers from Shizuoka Prefecture and the rest of Japan, but you do have to hurry as they usually served only one keg before switching to another brew!

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This time I tasted another interesting craft beer from Ushitora Brewery in Tochigi Prefecture: Hey! Pineapple.

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Served on tap
Barley, 3 types of malt, hop, live yeast. Real pineapple juice blended in twice.
Unfiltered
Alcohol/ABV: 4.7 %
Bubbles: very fine bubbles. Longish head. Creamy. White
Clarity: slightly smoky (normal considering live yeast and being unfiltered), very clean
Color: dull lemon color
Aroma: light and fruity. Dry pineapple
Taste: very refreshing, dry and fruity attack.
Dry pineapple.
lingers long enough for true tasting before departing with more fruity and dry pineapple but no acidity.
Varies little with food.

Overall: very refreshing and light craft beer.
For flavored beer lovers!
Although produced according to 100% pineapple juice availability, would do splendidly all year round with all genders!
Would particularly do well with BBQ’s!

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

RECOMMENDED RELATED WEBSITES

So Good Sushi Restaurant in Nice France
Navigating Nagoya by Paige, Shop with Intent by Debbie, BULA KANA in Fiji, Kraemer’s Culinary blog by Frank Kraemer in New York,Tokyo Food File by Robbie Swinnerton, Green Tea Club by Satoshi Nihonyanagi in Shizuoka!, Mind Some by Tina in Taiwan, Le Manger by Camille Oger (French), The Indian Tourist, Masala Herb by Helene Dsouza in Goa, India, Mummy I Can Cook! by Shu Han in London, Pie
rre.Cuisine
, Francescannotwrite, My White Kitchen, Foodhoe, Chucks Eats, Things that Fizz & Stuff, Five Euro Food by Charles,Red Shallot Kitchen by Priscilla,With a Glass, Nami | Just One Cookbook, Peach Farm Studio, Clumsyfingers by Xethia, PepperBento, Hapabento, Kitchen Cow, Lunch In A Box, Susan at Arkonlite, Vegan Lunch Box; Tokyo Tom Baker, Daily Food Porn/Osaka, Only Nature Food Porn, Happy Little Bento, J-Mama’s Kitchen, Cook, Eat, Play, Repeat, Bento Lunch Blog (German), Adventures In Bento, Anna The Red’s Bento Factory, Ohayo Bento,

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

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Tochigi Prefecture Craft Beer Tasting: Ushitora Brewery-Semi Double IPA

AOI BEER STAND owned by Aoi Brewery in Miyuki Cho, Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City, has the merit to offer on tap other craft beers from Shizuoka Prefecture and the rest of Japan, but you do have to hurry as they usually served only one keg before switching to another brew!

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This time I sampled Semi-Double IPA by Ushitora Brwewery in Tochigi Prefecture!
The name “semi doible” eans that it is a bit stronger than a normal IPA!

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Served on tap
Barley, barley malt, hop, live yeast.
Unfiltered
ABV: 7.9%
Bubbles: very fine bubbles. Creamy. Longish head. White.
Clarity: slightly smoky (normal considering live yeast and being unfiltered), very clean
Color: apricot color
Aroma: assertive, dry and refreshing. Citruses, lemon.
Taste:Strong, dry and fruity attack. Citruses, lemon, bread.
Lingers on long enough for true tasting before departing with more dry lemons and aroma hops.
Stays faithful to first impressions all the time.

Overall: Splendid dry and fruity IPA!
Extremely refreshing and satisfying.
A craft beer for all seasons and occasions.
For lovers of dry craft beers

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

RECOMMENDED RELATED WEBSITES

So Good Sushi Restaurant in Nice France
Navigating Nagoya by Paige, Shop with Intent by Debbie, BULA KANA in Fiji, Kraemer’s Culinary blog by Frank Kraemer in New York,Tokyo Food File by Robbie Swinnerton, Green Tea Club by Satoshi Nihonyanagi in Shizuoka!, Mind Some by Tina in Taiwan, Le Manger by Camille Oger (French), The Indian Tourist, Masala Herb by Helene Dsouza in Goa, India, Mummy I Can Cook! by Shu Han in London, Pie
rre.Cuisine
, Francescannotwrite, My White Kitchen, Foodhoe, Chucks Eats, Things that Fizz & Stuff, Five Euro Food by Charles,Red Shallot Kitchen by Priscilla,With a Glass, Nami | Just One Cookbook, Peach Farm Studio, Clumsyfingers by Xethia, PepperBento, Hapabento, Kitchen Cow, Lunch In A Box, Susan at Arkonlite, Vegan Lunch Box; Tokyo Tom Baker, Daily Food Porn/Osaka, Only Nature Food Porn, Happy Little Bento, J-Mama’s Kitchen, Cook, Eat, Play, Repeat, Bento Lunch Blog (German), Adventures In Bento, Anna The Red’s Bento Factory, Ohayo Bento,

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