Grape adventures in northern climes

| Aug 12, 2011

Grape adventures in northern climes

by Felicity Hughes

If you’re thinking of taking a break from the sweltering heat of Japan’s southern and central regions, Hokkaido is the perfect destination. As well as its wonderfully fresh local cuisine, stunning natural scenery and balmy climate, the northern island is also home to a ...

Kusuda makes NZ wine his own way

| Jul 8, 2011

Kusuda makes NZ wine his own way

by Felicity Hughes

Pinot Noir is one of the world’s most challenging grapes: Sensitive to frost and rot, this thin-skinned varietal really tests the limits of a winemaker’s skill. But tenacious winemaker Hiroyuki Kusuda wouldn’t have it any other way. This Japanese national has fought against the ...

Wine is no game for Capcom boss

| May 13, 2011

Wine is no game for Capcom boss

by Felicity Hughes

Hurricane-kicking its way onto the wine scene in 2009 was a new brand, Kenzo Estate, owned by the CEO of video-game giant Capcom. Clearly playing to win, Kenzo Tsujimoto hired California’s brightest wine talents to create a wine for the Japanese market that combines ...

| Nov 12, 2010

Australia bottles a touch of class

by Felicity Hughes

A few weeks ago a decadent dinner held at the American Club in Tokyo showcased some top-notch wines from two Australian family-owned wineries. Though the tablecloths were stiff and well starched, the staff — who served up some cracking fusion cuisine that brought out ...

Affordable wines for all occasions

| Oct 8, 2010

Affordable wines for all occasions

by Felicity Hughes

‘Abstinence is bad for you,” trumpeted the press in August, while reporting on a new study published in the journal “Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research.” The findings showed that during the 20-year study of a group of 1,824 participants between the ages 55 and ...

A cooling splash of New Zealand

| Sep 10, 2010

A cooling splash of New Zealand

by Felicity Hughes

A bit like having a water pistol shot straight in the face, a cool glass of Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand can slap you right out of your late-summer stupor. Combining refreshing characteristics of tight acidity and zingy citrus fruit, the wine’s sharp flavors ...

East meets West at the dining table

| Aug 13, 2010

East meets West at the dining table

by Felicity Hughes

Matching wine with Japanese food can be fraught with difficulty. A refined, oak-aged Bordeaux paired with a cool plate of sashimi, for example, can come across as brash and overbearing, completely drowning out the subtle spectrum of seafood flavors. But that’s not to say ...