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Melinda Joe

Melinda Joe is an American journalist in Tokyo. A certified wine and sake professional, she writes about Japanese drinks in her Kanpai Culture column for The Japan Times and blogs at tokyodrinkingglass.blogspot.com.

For Melinda Joe's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Bottura brings Italian 'culinary stories' to Tokyo

Mar 26, 2015

Bottura brings Italian 'culinary stories' to Tokyo

Massimo Bottura’s enthusiasm is infectious. The Italian chef has a way of speaking that brings you in on his schemes and sends you chasing multiple trains of thought. “You know what we’re going to do? We’re going to serve an eel in Tokyo — ...

Sake specialists give a lesson in culture

| Dec 9, 2014

Sake specialists give a lesson in culture

In Saijo, Hiroshima Prefecture, the largest room in the home of Hisao Maegaki, president of the sake brewery Kamoizumi Shuzo, is set for a feast. Zabuton floor cushions and red ozen, the low tray-tables traditionally used for dining in Japan, form a circle on ...

Get an early start when hunting for Georgian wines

Nov 27, 2014

Get an early start when hunting for Georgian wines

Waltz, a tiny standing bar that specializes in natural wines, is nearly impossible to find the first time you try looking for it. On a recent Saturday evening, the bar’s obscure location — on a dimly lit backstreet between Tokyo’s Ebisu and Shirokane neighborhoods ...

Get a taste of Georgian wine at Festivin

Nov 27, 2014

Get a taste of Georgian wine at Festivin

In the four years since it started, Festivin has grown from an intimate gathering of natural wine enthusiasts to one of the most eagerly anticipated wine celebrations in Japan. Like many avant-garde movements in the food and beverage world, the idea for Festivin began ...