The first annual Koshu generic tasting was held in the imagination Gallery. This Gallery is a design studio in central London, which makes use of carefully designed light and space to create an ideal venue for a wine tasting event. Over 120 trade visiters, wine journalists, UK wine agents and sommeliers participated in the tasting, held from 10h30 to 16h30.
Following the theme of food and wine matching of the entire Japan week, Nick the Imagination Gallery's head chef, created individual and unusual canapes. Creations such as soft chiked with daikon and green tea jelly and fregrant langoustine tempura with urchin mayonnaise, enticed tasters to pair Koshu with the inventive canapes. The winemakers each manned their own tables to present their wines and used the opportunity to ask questions and impressions of major trade buyers.
A very tired but very satisfied KOJ team concluded the week with a traditional English meal at a restaurant overlooking the River Thames, before departing for the airport and the long flight home on Saturday.
Wednesday the 13th January saw the official global press launch of KOJ held at the prestigious one-star Michelin restaurant in Mayfair. UMU is a unique Kyoto style restaurant in London, using only the freshest ingredients sourced from Japan to creat a 'Kaiseki' Japanese menu. Each of the 7 courses was accompanied by 2-3 Koshu wines.
This event was attended by the "cream" of UK journalists and wine personalities, such as Jancis Robinson, Nick Lander, Steven Spurrier, Anthony Rose, Charles Metcalfe and Michael Broadbent to name but a few!
The praise for the style and quality of the wines was unanimous and since this event many journalists have written in praise of the wines. True to form with a group of journalists as diverse as this, there was much discussion as to which wines suited the exquisites Kaiseki food best. Global wine elder statesman Michael Broadbent's short speech in praise of the food and wines was a sourse of inspiration to the KOJ team and all the winemakers and a motivation to continue this initiative.
On 12th January, the premiere event of the first ever Koshu of Japan week in the United Kingdom (KOJ) was held at the Japanese Embassy, co-hosted by His Excellency, the Ambassador of Japan and the Japan Society. This event had been eagerly awaited and was attended by more than 200 people. The sumptuous and elegant surroundings of the ballroom in the Embassy provided a fitting ambience for KOJ winemakers to present their wines. Elegantly plated canapes served by Sake no Hana allowed the winemakers to demonstrate the perfect combination of Koshu with finr Japanese cuisine. Welcoming speeches preceded a presentation on Koshu by Lynne Sherriff MW, consultant to KOJ. The enthusiasm experienced in the room on the evening in support of this new wine confirmed the belief of KOJ to perform on the global wine stage.