WINE FAIR TO ALLOW SINGAPORE CONSUMERS TO TASTE JAPANESE WINES
By Siulan Law Mathews DipWSET
Source: Yamanashi Kankou
Singapore consumers can taste five carefully selected wines sourced from the Yamanashi and Yamagata Prefectures in the Japan Premium Wine Fair to take place from 2 to 31 March in 11 Singapore stores and restaurants.
Hosted by JR East Group, the wine fair aims at showcasing the characteristics of Japanese wines with a view to spur global demands for both the wines and wine tourism.
Japanese wine made from 100% Japan-grown grapes has been steadily gaining acclaim worldwide in recent years.
The most well known Japanese wine is a light-bodied dry white made from the native Koshu variety, while a light-bodied dry red made from the Japan bred variety Muscat Bailey A is also becoming popular.
Yamanashi Prefecture sits on the northern slopes of Mt Fuji in Central Honshu is known as the cradle of Japanese wine making, it is Japan’s largest vine growing region.
Yamagata Prefecture is located to the North of Yamanashi, the area has high humidity and short low sunshine level, typhoons are common between August and October making it a tough area for viticulture.
In order to cultivate wine grapes in rain-drenched parts of Japan, viticulturists have focused on grape quality at the expense of production volume. The small production and high labour costs made Japanese wines expensive.
Visitors of the Japan Premium Wine Fair in Singapore will be able to sample five unique Japanese wines, some of them are award-winning, at special prices at the 11 participating stores and restaurants.
“While Japanese wines were previously known for being too sweet and therefore not favoured by oenophiles, the wines available now are different. As long as you drop your biases and face the wine in front of you, I am confident that you will be able to see what’s so good about it,” said Kawai-san, one of Singapore’s renowned sommeliers.
The 11 participating stores and restaurants are:
Al Solito Italian Japanese Wine and Food Tapas
Ishinomaki Grill & Sake
JAPAN RAIL CAFE
nomono (sales only)
SUJU Japanese Restaurant
Teppan kappou Kenji
Tokyo Yakiniku Heijoen
Trattoria Pizzeria Logic
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