Kusuda makes NZ wine his own way

| Jul 8, 2011

Kusuda makes NZ wine his own way

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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

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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

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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

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'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

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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 ...