JAPAN’S ANA WILL OFFER JAPANESE RED WINE TO FIRST CLASS PASSENGERS
By Susan Lewis
Japan’s leading airline All Nippon Airways will offer a Japanese red wine as part of its in-flight service for first class passengers on North American and Honolulu routes from September to November.
The wine to be served is Solaris Shinshu Chikumagawa Merlot 2016, the wine is made by Manns Wines Co. at the Komoro Winery in Nagano Prefecture in central Honshu.
Manns Wines is owned by soy sauce producer Kikkoman. They have two wineries on Japan. The Komoro Winery, is where proper Japan wines made solely from Japanese-grown grapes are produced, including the prestige Solaris range.
The other is the Katsunuma Winery in southern Yamanashi Prefecture, where some cheaper wines are made using also non Japanese-grown grapes.
Manns Wines’ Solaris range had been served at a dinner hosted by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe when US President Donald Trump visited Japan in November 2017.
“We hope made-in-Nagano wine will attract more attention, as there are many influential customers in our first class section,” Junko Yazawa, general manager of ANA’s sales headquarters for the Chubu region, said at a press conference at the prefectural government office.
Manns Wines President Dai Shimazaki, who studied in Bordeaux, said: “I’m confident that this wine will satisfy people all over the world.”
The Japanese government has been proactive in promoting regional products, a large selection of Japanese wines and sakes along with local produce from radioactive-tainted areas were showcased in the meals served to world leaders during the Osaka G20 summit held in July.
Local produce featured including wines, grains, Tajima beef and maitake mushrooms. Some are from the nuclear affected Iwate Prefecture with a hope to convince G20 leaders to lift import bans imposed after the meltdown of Fukushima nuclear plant.
(the writer can be contacted at: SusanLewis@thewinechronicle.com)
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