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Felicity Hughes
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Jun 12, 2009
Sip away from it all with modern German Rieslings
With stifling summer temperatures just around the corner, many of us will be yearning to head for cooler climes. But if you can't escape just now, the mineral sharpness and cerebral acidity of a German Riesling might be just the ticket to help you weather the oppressive heat.
LIFE / Food & Drink
May 8, 2009
Sweet wines starting to trickle out of Romania
Since ancient times, wave upon wave of foreign conquests have washed over Romania, changing — sometimes obliterating — parts of the region's cultural identity.
LIFE / Food & Drink
Apr 10, 2009
Looking beyond the Premier Cru
Nothing can quite beat the elegance of haut couture: the individual tailoring, the attention to detail and the assurance that you'll be the envy of others. The elegance is unparalleled — and the price tag can be, too. By the same token, for sheer elegance and finesse, the classic wines from the...
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Apr 10, 2009
Looking beyond the Premier Cru
Nothing can quite beat the elegance of haut couture: the individual tailoring, the attention to detail and the assurance that you'll be the envy of others. The elegance is unparalleled — and the price tag can be, too. By the same token, for sheer elegance and finesse, the classic wines from the...
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Mar 13, 2009
A Riesling revival
Riesling, the sweet Germanic wine thought to have been consigned to the trash can of 1980s bad taste along with home perms and pastel-colored leg warmers, is making a comeback.
LIFE / Food & Drink
Mar 13, 2009
A daily revolution at Marugo
The wine-lover's equivalent to conveyer-belt sushi, Marugo II offers a revolving selection of wines for the curious wine buff.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Feb 13, 2009
A Ginza haven for New World wines and Swiss cheese
Away from the glitzy buildings of Ginza's main crossing, behind a drab frontage down a nondescript side street, sits a wine bar that really stands out from the crowd. In contrast to the majority of Tokyo's wine bars, Cheese and Wine Salon Murase embraces New World rather than Old World wines and boasts...
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Feb 13, 2009
Young vines, intense wines
Last month saw the Washington Wine Commission host the Taste Washington event, which showcased wines from 45 wineries in the region. For the event in Ebisu at the Westin Hotel's Galaxy Ballroom on Jan. 29, wine enthusiasts gathered from all over Tokyo eager to sample wines from a location that, while...
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Feb 6, 2009
Simple beauty
Fashion photographer Aram Dikiciyan recognizes that his work is hard to define. "I can't really decide if I'm a fashion photographer or an artist," he explains over coffee in Tokyo's fashionable Omotesando district.
MULTIMEDIA
Feb 6, 2009
Simple beauty
Fashion photographer Aram Dikiciyan recognizes that his work is hard to define. "I can't really decide if I'm a fashion photographer or an artist," he explains over coffee in Tokyo's fashionable Omotesando district.
Japan Times
LIFE / Travel
Feb 1, 2009
High life mixes with the wildlife on Australia's Great Barrier Reef
T he bed at the Reef View hotel on Hamilton Island is so large that I can't resist executing several flamboyant somersaults across its width, after which I unpack, flinging my belongings about the gigantic room in wild abandon. Used to the confines of life in Tokyo, I'm feeling a little giddy at being...
LIFE / Travel
Feb 1, 2009
High life mixes with the wildlife on Australia's Great Barrier Reef
T he bed at the Reef View hotel on Hamilton Island is so large that I can't resist executing several flamboyant somersaults across its width, after which I unpack, flinging my belongings about the gigantic room in wild abandon. Used to the confines of life in Tokyo, I'm feeling a little giddy at being...
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Jan 16, 2009
Japanese wine: unadulterated and ready to go abroad
The image most people have of Japanese wine is of the ¥500 plonk sitting next to the synthetic beer and sickly sweet chu-hi cocktails on the shelves of their local convenience store; of the cheap and decidedly dismal stuff of lost weekends and discarded personal dignity.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Dec 12, 2008
A guide to buying your wine online in Japan
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Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Dec 12, 2008
Reasonable reds to warm up winter
What with the terrible economic climate and those cold winds blowing down from Siberia, it makes sense to weather out this winter snuggled up in a warm blanket with a nice bottle of red wine and a good novel. In this spirit, we've made the rounds of the stores searching for bargain reds that will raise...
Japan Times
CULTURE / Music
Nov 21, 2008
Juana Molina: 'Music overwhelms me'
On the cover of her latest album, "Un Dia," Juana Molina's face is distorted beyond all recognition; the effect is both intriguing and disturbing.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Nov 14, 2008
Japanese women in the wine world
"A man's approach to drinking is totally different from a woman's: Men think about color, what grapes were used, compare the taste and consider its place of origin. Women think about what kind of food a wine will go well with, where we might like to drink it, the kind of company it'd be good to drink...
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Oct 10, 2008
A sensitive grape for a superb wine
A delicate, thin skin, in constant need of attention, sensitive to extremes of climate: The Pinot Noir is the pampered princess of grape varieties.
LIFE / Food & Drink
Oct 10, 2008
A little Cali in salaryman central
Wine quite literally takes center stage at Wine Kurasu (Wine Crow) in Shinbashi. Tables are spotlighted dramatically so that rich ruby colors spill out from your wine glass onto the white surface, while the customers sit back under softer lighting and get to the business of contemplating the subtle play...
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Sep 12, 2008
Rioja on the rise
Next month sees a radical change in the look of the Rioja logo regularly embossed on bottles of the Spanish vintage. La Rioja Denominacion de Origen Clasificada authorities have chosen to throw out the rather fusty image of a stamp (complete with wobbly lines) and replace it with something altogether...

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