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Shizuoka Wine Bar & Shop: A Votre Sante!

Service: Very friendly and attentive
Equipment & Facilities: Overall very clean. Computerized washroom. Entirely non-smoking
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: Superb wine list. Shizuoka sake and shochu, foodstuffs, clothing, etc. Space usable for parties, etc.

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On June 1st, Atsuyoshi Uchibori/内堀敦よしさん and Hirotaka Sato/佐藤大高さんentered in a collaboration ad opened A VOTRE SANTE, the latest wine bar in Shizuoka City!
But you will soon understand it is far more than a wine bar!

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if you get a good look at the blackboards erected outside you will understand they sell all kinds of products including cakes and biscuits cooked by local confectioners!

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You can also obtain coffee, tea and superb sake from Takashima Brewery (Numazu City) and Sugii Brewery (Fujieda City)!

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Right at the entrance you will find Japanese sake, shochu and rare liqueurs and Japanese wagashi cakes!

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Very rare yamamomo and loquat liqueurs standing beside superb shochu!

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The place used to be a soy sauce shop closed for the last two years!. Great interior!

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Some of the local wagashi cakes!

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More than 200 wines, mostly organic on sale!

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More shochu, mirin, wine, soy sauces, olive oil, and so on!

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Standing bar where you can drink wine by the glass anytime of the day!

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Purchases can be beautifully wrapped on order!

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More great sake in the fridge!

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Great cheese and cold meats that can either be bought and taken out or consumed onsite!

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Of course, there is a special wine cellar!

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The hoard of wines!

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Even clothing, utensils, objets and what else are on sale!

Last but not least, the whole place can be rented for seminars and parties!

A VOTRE SANTE/ア・ヴォートル・サンテ

Shizuoka city, Aoi ku, Cha Machi, 1-25-9
Tel.: 054-255-6007
Opening hours: 11:00~20:00 (until later depending on remaining customers)
Closed on Tuesdays, 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month
Credit cards OK
FACEBOOK
Entirely non-smoking!

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Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

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!

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HIGHOCTANE/HAIOKU by Nick Itoh in Shizuoka City

French Wine Bistro: Himawari-Tei in Shizuoka City!

Service: Easy-going and attentive. Very friendly if somewhat shy
Equipment & Facilities: Very clean overall. Superb Washroom
Prices: Appropriate
Strong points: Very good list of reasonably-priced wines by the glass or bottle. Typical French Bistro gastronomy. Gastro bar concept

After spending so many years learning his trade in France, particularly in the Lyon Region and Tokyo, Michihito Osuga/大須賀道人さん finally came back to his hometown to open Himawari-Tei (Sunflower Abode) in the increasingly busy Shichiken-Cho District, near Aoba Street in Aoi-Ku, Shizuoka City!

Many reasonably-priced wines mainly from France, Spain and California with some really interesting surprises among them can be enjoyed at Himawari-Tei!

The fact that the area is the home of many fashion shops in day time makes it a particularly welcome addition because of its concept as a wine bistro.

You can enjoy yourself with a glass of wine and one of the dishes on the day’s menu on your own or in good company without any ostentation. Mind you, would do well to reserve a seat either at the counter or at a table as it gets full very quickly!

It is not a big place and if you choose to come as a small party, make sure that a table is reserved for you!

And the beauty of it is that it is entirely non-smoking!

Although there is a regular menu, first check the offerings of the day on the blackboard where you will discover some celebrated French food!

French salami as service of the day!

Now, this wine was an incredible surprise: Cote Chalonnaise (Bourgogne) made in Saint-Desert, the very village where I spent all my summers when I was kid! Unbelievable! I finished the bottle!

Wherever you go to France you always order the Terrine or Pate de Campagne to have a good idea of the chef’s skills!

Now, Michihiko’s terrine de Campagne is truly a faithful rendition of the terroir of my region (Bourgogne and Lyon) with all the flavors and delicious pungency. Served with greens and Dijon Mustard, no need for bread!

Yes, they make great Merlot wines in California! Smoking Loon, what a great name!

Since it was my first visit I tended to eat more than drink (expect another article soon!)!
Very delicate white liver paste!

And to finish my first meal, a hearty (but not heavy or too copious!) cassoulet (bean stew) with duck confit!

I might run into the danger of becoming a regular from next winter with such comfort foods from home!

To be followed…

HIMAWARI-TEI
420-0035 Shizuoka City, Aoi ku, Shichiken-Cho, 10-9, Shinwa Bldg., 1F
Tel.: 054-255-5708
Business hours: 17:00~indeterminate
Closed on Mondays
Credit cards will be OK by end of September
BLOG/HOMEPAGE (Japanese)

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