This past weekend, Friends of Nagano Wine attended the Shiojiri Grand Wine Party at the Gajoen Hotel in Meguro, Tokyo. The event commemorated the 60th anniversary of Shiojiri City, a wine region located in Nagano that is steadily garnering attention in both the domestic and international markets.
We normally reserve this space for Nagano wine recommendations. But as Jim just returned from a two-week trip to the Washington, D.C. area, we would like to write about two interesting wineries that he visited in Virginia and Maryland and introduce a few of their wines. These wines are not available in Japan, but as … Continue reading November Recommendations
（英語の後に日本語をご覧ください。） Our next wine tasting will feature Nagano wines produced by Suntory Corporation and will be held on November 16 from 2PM to 4PM at Ginza Nagano. Participation costs 5000 yen and is limited to 15 persons. Payment is accepted through Paypal at the end of this post. Your reservation cannot be confirmed until payment is … Continue reading Suntory Nagano Wine Tasting (Nov 16)–CLOSED
This month we are featuring wines from the Chikumagawa Wine District of Nagano. The area is named for the river running through it from the Japanese Alps over 350km to the Sea of Japan. The vineyards are principally situated around Saku, Komoro, Tomi, Ueda and Suzaka cities. Over the past 15 years, these local governments … Continue reading October Recommendations
We are starting to see signs of the coming Fall season in the mountains of Nagano. The local farmers are preparing the fields for the rice harvest, which starts mid-month, and the soba fields are now covered in white flowers. The temperature is also dropping, and we are awakening to mornings in the high teens … Continue reading September Recommendations
The Nagano Wine & Cidre Garden, Nagano city’s wine festival, is a “must-do” for Nagano wine lovers. The Friends of Nagano Wine attended the wine festival on Saturday, August 24. The weather was beautiful and the temperature perfect for a day of wine tasting. Over twenty wineries ranging from smaller producers such as Izutsu, ALPS … Continue reading Nagano Wine & Cidre Garden
Summer has arrived in Nagano. The usually brief rainy season is over and the prefecture is less troubled by typhoons than localities on Japan’s Pacific Coast. Nagano also does not suffer as much from Japan’s summer heat as its neighbors in Yamanashi, Gumma, and Saitama prefectures. One reason is the higher elevation – generally over … Continue reading August Recommendations
All, please mark your calendars for Nagano City's annual wine and cider festival, this year billed as the Wine & Cidre Garden in Nagano 2019! The Friends of Nagano Wine plan to attend on August 24 and hope to see you there. Date and Time: August 23 (18:00-21:00) August 24 (12:00-21:00) August 25 (12:00-21:00) Location: Minamichitose … Continue reading Wine & Cidre Festival in Nagano 2019