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 2019 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
July is one of those in between months in Japan: rainy at the start and then full-on summer by the close. We are bringing to you three wines that should help you through the transition. Interestingly, two of them are made from Japanese local varietals and the third is a successful experiment in combining Chardonnay grapes from different vintages.
We would like to recommend some Nagano Chardonnays to start your summer off right. Both of the wines featured below are made in relatively small volumes, but you should be able to get your hands on either one through the producer's online shop or a major online shopping site. Happy drinking.
On March 26, 2019, the Friends of Nagano Wine hosted Mr. Manabu Yagasaki, CEO and winemaker of Alps winery. Mr. Yagasaki studied at Oregon State University with Professor Walter Clore, who is widely known as the "father of wine" in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. Alps is one of the largest and most … Continue reading Alps Winery Seminar and Tasting
Our next tasting event features the wines of ALPS Winery located in Shiojiri, Nagano. ALPS Winery CEO Manabu Yagasaki will present a range of wines from the winery. Date: May 26, 2019 Time: 2:00pm to 4:00pm Location: Ginza NAGANO Participation is limited to 15 people on a first come first serve basis. We request payment … Continue reading Alps Winery Tasting–CLOSED
On January 31, 2019, the Friends of Nagano wine hosted a tasting of Nagano wine with Mr. Shigeyuki Kusunoki, the winemaker of Kusunoki Winery in Suzaka, Nagano. Mr. Kusunoki studied winemaking at the University of Adelaide in Australia and his wines have been recognized in international competitions. He spoke about the challenges of grape growing and winemaking in … Continue reading Tasting with Kusunoki Winery
On October 4, 2018, the Friends of Nagano wine hosted a Nagano wine tasting with Mr. Hideo Togawa. Mr. Togawa was born in Hiroshima and is a graduate of Yamanashi University, where he majored in oenology. He joined the Kikkoman Corporation in 1966 as an oenology researcher. In 1980, he was named head of Manns wine … Continue reading Tasting with Sun Sun Winery