This past weekend we traveled to Chateau Mercian's new visitor's center at its 30 hectare Mariko Vineyard. Chateau Mercian began developing the Mariko Vineyard nearly 20 years ago naming it after a 6th century scion of the Kinmei Emperor. The area is widely regarded as one of the best wine-growing areas in Nagano Prefecture, because … Continue reading February 2020 Recommendations: A Visit to Chateau Mercian Mariko Vineyard
We are starting out the New Year with some delicious recommendations for red wines. Nagano is increasingly becoming known for the quality and variety of its red wines. Merlot remains at the top of the heap and we have a very nice 100 percent Merlot from the Manns Winery in Komoro City that will make … Continue reading January 2020 Recommendations
The Christmas Season is approaching and there is no better time to enjoy the “fruits of the vine” than this period. So, we are recommending two delicious reds that will compliment your turkey and gravy. Many Japanese winemakers have embraced the notion that they need to make wines that go well with Japanese foods, such … Continue reading December 2019 Recommendations
We held our November 16 wine tasting program with Suntory Corporation at Ginza Nagano, a store and conferencing facility in downtown Tokyo. The tasting featured a diverse group of eight selected wines produced by the Suntory in Shiojiri, Nagano. Suntory first began making wine in Nagano Prefecture in 1936 when it opened a winery in … Continue reading About Our Suntory Wine Tasting Event
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 2019 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 2019 Recommendations