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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!

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

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Shizuoka Sake Tasting: Sanwa Brewery-Garyubai Jumai Daiginjo Nama Genshu Fukuro Tsuri Tobin Kakoi (conducted at la Sommeliere in Shizuoka City)

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I don’t mind repeating it all the time but I prefer conducting sake tastings in the right environment but not many places are propitious for that exercise or willing to help.
But La Sommeliere in Miyuki Cho, Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City is certainly becoming a habit as not only I can conduct my tasting in the best conditions possible but also exchange views at the same time!

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This time we tasted one by one of Hiromi’s favorite breweries, namely, Sanwa Brewery in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City, which has the particularity to come up with long names for its brews!

The picture above states that the rice used is Bizen Ohmachi from Toyama Prefecture!

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A long name as usual: Garyubai/臥龍梅 Junmai Daiginjo/純米大吟醸 (pure rice alcohol added) Nama/生原 (unpasteurized) Genshu/酒袋 (no pure water added) Fukuro tsuri/吊り Tobin Kakoi/斗瓶囲い!

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As for Fukuro tsuri/吊り Tobin Kakoi/斗瓶囲い, “fukuro tsuri” means that the sake was not pressed but let to drip out of suspended bags, and “tobi kakoi” means that the naturally-filtered sake was gathered into expensive large glass flasks!

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Rice: Bizen Ohmachi (Toyama Prefecture)
Rice milled down to 50%
Alcohol: 16~17 degrees
Dryness: + 4
Acidity: 1.3
Bottled in May 2015

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Clarity: Very clear
Color: Faint golden hue
Aroma: Light, dry and fruity. Complex. Pears, melon, passion fruit, green apples
Body: Slightly sirupy
Taste: Dry but very fruity attack , but only with a little junmai petillant.
Complex.
Plums, pears, smoked muscat, melon, passion fruit.
Lingers on palate for quite a while before before departing with oranges and kumquats.
Melon makes a last appearance.

Overall: Extremely elegant sweetish sake in spite of its announced + 4 dryness.
Very fruity and complex it will appeal to ladies in particular.
Probably best enjoyed at room temperature on its own or as a digestif.
Suggested pairings: foie gras, blue cheese, smoked cheese.
Extravagant!

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!

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

Domaine Jean-Pierre Bony (France, Bourgogne, Nuits-Saint-Georges) Wine Tasting Party at La Sommeliere in Shizuoka City!

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Tuesday May 26th saw the visit of Mrs. Fabienne Dony and her husband Samuel, the 2nd generation owner of the Domaine Jean-Pierre Dony in Nuits-Saint-Georges, Bourgogne, France (less than 40 km away from my hometown!) for a wine tasting party organised by Mrs. Hiromi Hasegawa/長谷川浩美さんat La Sommeliere Wines & Sake Bar in Miyuki-Cho, Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City!

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A select 18 guests took part in the tasting party!
It was tight fit but the more convivial for it!

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The bread used for the party had been freshly baked by Trottix in Kita Ando, Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City and included the above buns filled with olives, dry tomatoes and anchovies!

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Two types of beautiful baguette!

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One type was a Trottix’ regular baguette, the other one prepared with rock salt called Salice de Bearn from France!

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Two Cheese from Bourgogne naturally, including a fine Epoisses by Berthaut C. and a Nuits d’Or by Fromagerie Delin, neighbors of the very Domaine jean-Pierre Bony!
We also had a dessert composed of cream cheese and red fruit jam!

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The Domaine Jean-Pierre Bony was originally founded in 1963 by Jean-Pierre Bony.
But his early departure from this world in 2001 forced his daughter, a pharmacist by trade, to take over with the help of her husband, a soy bean farmer.

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Plenty of questions!

After spending some time researching in Australian wineries where she also mastered her fine English ability, she came back to re-haul her father’s business with a view to create a Nuits-Saint-Georges of a purer quality similar to Chambolle and a definitely feminine touch.

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Professor Hirofumi Ando/安藤博文先生 of Shizuoka University was on hand to translate questions, answers and presentation!

It certainly proved quite a challenge raising three daughters and vineyards at the same time!

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In 2005, by favoring quality over quantity, she finally started establishing her name.
Available land being very scarce in Nuits-Saint-Georges, instead of overproducing, she opted to buy top-class grapes from neighboring growers to add fine quality wines to the ones she was already producing, including white and rose Cremant de Bourgogne.

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Great cheese plate to accompany the wines!

Fabienne is now very busy indeed, what with more than 500 clients to keep happy, and tours in England, Italy, the United States and Japan of course, whose visit was the second this time and the first for her husband!

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The wines we tasted on that day!

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Bourgogne Rouge, Pinot Noir, 2013, 12.8% alcohol, from grapes grown on 2.03 ha and matured in barrels (10% of them new) for 13 months.It is a blend of their own grapes from a field located on the east side of the road running along Nuits-Saint-Georges and grapes from a field in En La Perriere Noblot, just south of Nuits-Saint-Georges-Les-Damodes.

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I had little time to delve into a true tasting, what my being busy helping with the translation and what else, but I appreciated this seemingly simple wine for its remarkable bouquet. All the wines tasted on that day were young indeed but everyone knew they would become a bargain by sitting on them for as long as possible!

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Vosne-Romanee 2013, 13%, from a field south of Vosne-Ronanee called Aux-Laviolles, 0.03 ha. Only one barrel for 300 bottles is produced. The vineyard is 40 years old. The barrel is always new and the wine is matured for 12 months and bottled non filtered.

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It was of course still very young but a lot of promises with a bouquet dominated by cassis and red fruit, a dry and fruity attack with plenty of red fruit.

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Nuits-Saint-Georges, Les Damodes 2013 (135)
Grown on a 0.85 ha field, it is matured in barrels (40% new) fro 15 months. The Les Damodes field is located against the Vosne-Romanee slope.

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A light and easy to drink red wine in spite of its youth with a good body but still discreet bouquet.

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Nuits-saint-Georges-Les Damodes 2012 (13%)

Definitely more fruity than the 2013, but still young.

Once again these wines are for keeping for better appreciation.
They marry beautifully with cheese, duck and gibier in particular and enhance sashimi and sushi!

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Fabienne busy signing the bottles purchased by the guests.
It was her second trip to Japan, but her first to Shizuoka City, a city that she and her husband found particularly attractive for its laid-back atmosphere and remarkable gastronomy!

I’m sure she and her husband will grace us again with their persons soon!

DOMAINE JEAN-PIERRE BONY, NUITS SAINT-GEORGES, BOURGOGNE, FRANCE
Fabienne Bony, viticultriste, 5 rue de Vosne, 21700, Nuits-Saint-Georges
Tel/Fax: (33) 03-80-61-16-02GSM: (33)06-83-87-39-05
E-mail: fabienne@domainejpbony.com

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!

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