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GRACE WINES Co (Yamanashi Prefecture)Wines Tasting at La Sommeliere in Shizuoka City!

La Sommeliere in Miyuki-Cho, Aoi Ku, Shizuoka Prefecture was reserved for the whole day on Wednesday, July 19th!

Once again Mr. Katsunori Kaneko of Grace Wines Co. in Yamanashi Prefecture graced (conscious pun!) us with his presence at La Sommeliere in Shizuoka City to help us taste the wines of his company under the auspices of Mrs. Hiromi Hasegawa, Wine & Sake Sommeliere and owner of the establishment!

Some of the studious attendance!

Mrs. Hiromi Hasegawa and Mr. Katsunori Kaneko looking after us!

A sample of the soil and rocks found in Katsunuma, Yamanashi Prefecture where Grace Wines Co. is located and producing organic wines since 1923!

The wines of the day!

SERENA Chardonnay Traditional Method Spakling Wine.
White. Extra brut. Chardonnay grapes.
Alcohol: 12.5%
Double fermentation. Manual remuage. 23 months maturity inside bottles.

Clarity: very clear
Color: Light golden hue. Fine bubbles.
Aroma: dry and fruity.
Dry muscat. Faint melon.
Taste: dry and fruity attack.
Wecome acidity.
Lingers long enough n the palate for true tasting.
Muscat. Raisins.
Very easy to drink. Refreshing and unpretentious.
Recommended pairings: Asparagus, vegetable salad.

Gris de Koshu
White. Alcohol: 12%. Koshu Gris grapes.

Clarity: very clear
Color: faint golden
Aroma: light and fruity with a sweetish woody accent. Faint vanilla.
Taste: dry and fruity attack.
Lingers on palate only for a short while.
Dry muscats.
Refreshing if somewhat short impression.
Tends to get sweeter and fruitier with food.
Recommended pairings: cottage cheese, vegetable salad, chicken salad.

Grace Kayagake 2016
White. Alcohol: 11.5%. Grace Wines Co. white grapes blend.

Clarity: very clear
Color: light golden hue
Aroma: dry and spicy. Dry muscats. Faint lemons.
Taste: dry and fruity attack.
Flowers, dry muscat.
Lingers on the palate only for a short while but very steady.
Ends on dry but softer note.
Easy to drink. Actually finishes on improved impression.
Recommended pairings: chicken salad, white-fleshed fish Meuniere.

Grace Koshu 2016
White. Alcohol: 12%. Grace Wines Co. Grapes blend.

Clarity: very clear
Color: light golden hue
Aroma: dry and deepish. Raisins
Taste: dry, slightly acidic and fruity attack.
Pineapple, raisins.
Lingers long enough on palate for true tasting.
Pleasant impression appealing for a further sip. Raisins tend to surge again with every sip.
Recommended pairings: tempura, sushi, grilled white-fleshed fish, vegetable terrine.

Grace Koshu Torii Birahata 2016
White. Alcohol: 12%. Grace Wines Co. Grapes blend.

Clarity: very clear
Color: light golden hue
Aroma: dry and spicy. Flowers, muscat, raisins.
Taste: dry and slightly deep attack.
Light and easy to drink.
Fine petillant.
Lingers on the palate only for a short while.
Muscat, figs.
Recommended pairings: white-fleshed fish Meuniere, sashimi, shellfish.

Koshu Torii Birahata Private Reserve 2016
White. Alcohol: 12.5%. Grace Wines Co. Grapes blend.

Clarity: very clear
Color: light golden he
Aroma: discreet and sweetish. Flowers, sweet apple, faint raisins.
Taste: dry, fruity and elegant attack.
Lingers long enough on the palate for true tasting.
Apples, faint raisins, peach.
Recommended pairings: chicken karaage, vegetable terrine.

Looking forward o he next wine tatsing!

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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So Good Sushi Restaurant in Nice France
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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

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Cassoulet & Red Bordeaux Wine Wine at La Sommeliere in Shizuoka City!

Service: Very friendly and smiling if a bit shy
Facilities & Equipment: Spotless clean. Beautiful washroom. Entirely non-smoking!
Prices: Appropriate
Strong points: Great range of reasonably-priced wines from all the world. Hig-class wines offered by the glass. Top Shizuoka Sake by the bottle or glass. Great bistro-style light food and local bakery breads.

La Sommeliere in Shizuoka City is fast acquiring a solid reputation not only for its wines and Shizuoka Sake, but also for its bistro-styles light meals!

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Hiromi Hasegawa/長谷川浩美さん Is now offering a home-made cassoulet!
It is prepared with real goose fat from France!

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The one she serves right now is made with pork and is definitely oriented for ladies, being tasty but light.
Actually, next she will prepare it with duck confit imported from France!

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As for the wine served with the cassoulet it is a solid but not so strong red Bordeaux wine!

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But it is still a fine Mouton Cadet produced by Baron Philippe de Rotschild!

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
Closed on Sundays & National Holidays
Entirely non-smoking!
FACEBOOK

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

Quiche Lorraine & Alsace Riesling Wine at La Sommeliere in Shizuoka City!

Service: Very friendly and smiling if a bit shy
Facilities & Equipment: Spotless clean. Beautiful washroom. Entirely non-smoking!
Prices: Appropriate
Strong points: Great range of reasonably-priced wines from all the world. Hig-class wines offered by the glass. Top Shizuoka Sake by the bottle or glass. Great bistro-style light food and local bakery breads.

La Sommeliere in Shizuoka City is fast acquiring a solid reputation not only for its wines and Shizuoka Sake, but also for its bistro-styles light meals!

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Hiromi Hasegawa/長谷川浩美さん Is now offering a home-baked Quiche Lorraine!
I saw it being done and I can tell you this is the real article!

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She presently serves cold or hot paired with an Alsace Riesling Wine!
This is all part of a new seasonal light meal pairing proposal:
1) Quiche Lorraine with French Alsace (1200 yen, 700 + 800 yen for separate orders)
2) Cassoulet with French Bordeaux Merlot (1300 yen, 800 + 800 yen for separate orders)
3) Trippa in tmato sauce with Italian Primitivo Wine from the Puglia region (1300 yen, 800 + 800 yen for separate orders)

I don’t have to tell you that more reports are the offing!

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This time the Alsace wine is a Riesling produced by GRAND C (12 degrees), bottled by Joseph Cattin in Vooegtlinshoffen.
A dry and fruity white Riesling perfect for seafood, fish, poultry and light food!

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I ordered my quiche hot!
Served with a carrot salad, it makes for a very satisfying light meal or snack at any time of the day and night!

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The quiche is really elegant and lighter than expected, a sure sign of quality and home-made authenticity!
The eggs and cream are perfectly balanced by the high quality bacon!

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And the crust, not that easy to make, is just perfect with the right thickness, lightness and taste thus contributing an important finish!

The ladies will love it!
Mind you, the gentlemen will surely be happy to enjoy such exquisite light traditional cuisine!

The other two sets coming soon!

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
Closed on Sundays & National Holidays
Entirely non-smoking!
FACEBOOK

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

South African Wine Tasting: KWV Cafe Culture (conducted at La Sommeliere in Shizuoka City)

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For all the sake I taste, I also very much enjoys tasting wines what with my roots in Bourgogne, France!
Yesterday I had the occasion to discover an intriguing wine at La Sommeliere, Miyuki Cho, Aoi Ku, Shizuoka Ciy!

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KMV Cafe Culture, red, 2013!

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It has the particularity of being matured in wooden casks whose inside was seared beforehand!
Grapes is explained as Pinotage, but the grapes involved with Pinot Noir were not mentioned.

Alcohol: 14 degrees. Pretty high, even in South Africa!

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Clarity: quite opaque but very clean
Color: Deep dark red
Aroma: Deep and dry. Cocoa, coffee beans, brown sugar, caramel
Body: Full
Tasting:: Deep and dry attack with welcome spiciness.
Very complex with different facets fighting for supremacy.
Lingers long on the palate.
Prunes, raisins, coffee beans, cranberries, red fruit.
Taste will come as a surprise as the aroma is comparatively more simple and discreet.
Departs on strong notes of prunes with hints of herbs and cherries appearing late.
Turns a lot softer with cheese.
Pairs beautifully with meats, heavy sauces and cheese.

Overall: A very intriguing wine which ought to be kept at least 2 or 3 years before opening it as the tannin is still strong and aggressive with a whole palette of tastes.
Has the particularity to take on much milder, almost sweeter tone with food, especially cheese.
Very complex and elusive.
Would probably please gentlemen than ladies.
Make a point to conduct your tasting in two distinct steps, first on its own, second with strong taste food to allow you to discover two totally different characters!

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
Closed on Sundays & National Holidays
Entirely non-smoking!
FACEBOOK

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

Wines & Sake Bar: La Sommeliere in Shizuoka City!

Service: Shy but very friendly
Equipment and facilities: Spotless clean. Superb washroom. Entirely non-smoking!
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: Local sake by the glass. Extensive wine list by the glass. Bottles on sale. Great local bread and pastries. Home-made light food

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Mrs. Hiromi Hasegawa/長谷川浩美さん, of the fourth generation owning Hasegawa liquor Shop in Shi Tori, Aoi ku, Shizuoka City, has just opened an exquisite wine & sake bar along Miyuki Street just across from Marui Department Store!

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La Sommeliere is the French feminine form of Sommelier as Mrs. Hasegawa is both a recognized wine sommelier and a sake expert!

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Wines from many countries are introduced every day by the glass or the bottle.

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Food is available on site under the form of light snacks or dishes prepared or cooked by Mrs. Hasegawa!

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Check the ever-changing range of wines at reasonable prices!
More expensive bottles are also available for big budgets and connoisseurs!

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The bar counter!
Note that the place is entirely non-smoking!

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Recommended wine of the day!

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Specially ordered bread and pastries from Trotix Bakery in Kita Ando, Aoi Ku, Shzuoka City are also served as a collaboration project but they tend to disappear very quickly!

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Succulent nuts and vegetable chips are also on sale!

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Top-class wines sold by glasses of 30, 60 and 90 ml at reasonable prices. Great for tasting!

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Gevrey Chambertin! WOW!

This was only the first of many visits to come as I also want to taste the light food and more sake!
I actually wrote a future report on a tasting of sake by Eikun Brewery in Yui, Sjhimizu Ku, Shizoka City!

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
Closed on Sundays & National Holidays
Entirely non-smoking!

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

Party with Bourgogne Wine Producers at Le Comptoir de Bio-S in Shizuoka City!

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Service: Pro and very friendly
Equipment: Great overall cleanliness and splendid washroom
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: A palette of Shizuoka Prefecture Products! Great use of organic vegetables, fish and meats from Shizuoka Prefecture. True healthy gastronomy! Excellent wine list!

On Friday February 8th Le Comptoir de Bio-S witnessed the visit of three wine producers from Bourgogne, France, who introduced their creations to wine lovers in Shizuoka in the company of gastronomy based on local products!

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Arnaud Chopin, a fourth generation producer in Nuits Saint-Georges who contributed:
Cotes de Nuits Villages Rouge 2010
Nuits Saint-Georges Les Bas de Combe 2010

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Rodolphe Demougeot, who has been producing wines since the age of twenty in Beaune contributed:
Beaune Clos Sainte Desiree Blanc 2009
Beaune Les Beaux Fougets Rouge 2009

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Georges Lignier, whose family started their trade back in the 19th Century in Morey saint Denis contributed:
Morey saint Denis 2008
Gevrey Chambertin 2009

Quite a palette as you can imagine!
Arnaud, Rodolphe and Georges, ably helped by their interpreter/guide Ms. Emi Tanabe, proved the model of gastronomic ambassadors who helped so much on that night make some very lucky guests discover the marvels of Bourgogne (my home, incidentally!)!
Their wines married splendidly with the repast concocted by the chefs which proved a discovery for the French wine producers themselves!

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Tartare of root vegetables, Suruga Beef and wheat and its green organic salad!

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All organic vegetables are grownin Fujinomiya City by Matsuki Bio Farm whose owner Mr. Kazuhiro Matsuki/松木一浩さん organised the festivities in the company of wine importers!

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Charcoal grilled winter vegetables from Bio Farm in Fujinomiya City!

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The wine producers themselves confided me they were so happy enjoying truly delicious healthy food and discovering Shizuoka’s products!

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Grilled venison, “Honshu Shika/本州鹿1” raised at the foot of Mount Fuji with red wine Balsamico sauce!

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With more splendid organic vegetables!

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A rare dessert!
Organic taro/sato imo ice-cream!

A big thanks to Chef Kouji Okukumura, Mr. Kazuhiro Matsuki, Producers Arnaud Chopin, Rodolphe Demougeot, Georges Lignier and Ms. Emi Tanabe for a truly memorable night!

Le Comptoir de Bio-s by Bio Farm Matsuki
420-0852 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Kooya machi, 12-8, Sankousha Bldg, 1F
Tel./fax: 054-221-5250
Business hours: 11:30~15:00 (Last orders 14:00), 17:00~23:00 (Last orders 22:00)
Closed on Mondays
Credit cards OK
HOMEPAGE (Japanese)
Entirely non-smoking!

RECOMMENDED RELATED WEBSITES

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, Pierre.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: Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Good Beer & Country Boys, Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in kanzai by Nevitt Reagan!
-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
This is MY LIFE by Ashley Harvey

French Organic Wine Bar & Retailer: La Vigne in Shizuoka City!

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Shop Manager Hidetaka Satoh/佐藤大高さん & Staff (calling themselves the “Nice-Looking Boy and beautiful Damsel”!)

Service: Very friendly and caring. Great explanations!
Facilities and equipment: Great cleanliness overall. Superb washroom. Whole establishment non-smoking!
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: French organic wines. Higher grade wine cellar. Drinks and light food at standing bar.

The Japanese love their wines, and French wines in particular!
But they also have a care for their health.
And what’s a more healthy drink than organic wine!

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You will find La Vigne very conveniently located right across the street from Shizuoka JR Station North Exit!

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It almost looks like a street side cafe back in France!

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“自然のワイン/Shizen no Wain” means “Natural/Organic Wines”!

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The wine and the producer of the month!

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Wine recommendations for coming Christmas!

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A suggestion for a present for an important person!
Actually today was exactly the Fourth Anniversary of the opening of La Vigne in the 18th of December 2008!
The mother company is located in Nagoya while the most recent and third shop stands in Higashi Ginza, Tokyo!

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The shop was first conceived as wine retailing establishment that offers plenty of organic wines from France.

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More suggestions for Christmas!
All purchases can be wrapped as presents for a small fee!

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They do offer a lot to eat with those wines: terrine, pate, sauces, jams, olives and the like!

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And also plenty of cheese, hams, sausages, and other appetizers you can eat on site if you wish.

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Photographs and signatures of the producers whose wines are featured at La Vigne!

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The standing bar which has proved to be best investment of the establishment!
Many customers, including many local chefs, taste their wines there before acquiring them by the bottle (s)!

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La Vigne also sells some great breads concocted by a local baker that find their way onto the counter more than often!

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Great map of French wines to give all information and conversation topics of the day when needed!

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Take your time, glass in hand , and take a good look at all the wines!

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The wines to be drunk and purchased by the glass at the standing bar regularly change.
You pay your orders, be they wine or food in cash as they come, or you can before leaving either cash or by credit card.

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Great explanations for each wine!

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My order of the day!
Wines and food can be consumed all day long, but coffee and mineral water is also available!

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Plenty of food and snacks available.
No cover charge or extra fees!

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If you find a canned food of your liking just take it from the display tables, bring it to the counter and ask the staff to open it for instant consumption as it is or with bread and so on!

LA VIGNE
420-0852 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Koya Machi, 17-2, 1F
Tel/Fax: 054-205-4181
Opening hours: 10:00~22:00 (Monday~Saturday), 12:00~20:00 (Sundays and National Holidays)
Credit Cards OK
Private Parties welcome
HOMEPAGE (Japanese)
Entirely Non-smoking!

RECOMMENDED RELATED WEBSITES

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, Pierre.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: Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Good Beer & Country Boys, Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in kanzai by Nevitt Reagan!
-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