Friday, July 29, 2016

Lunch and a visit to a winery in Yoichi, Hokkaido


In Hokkaido today, living a #Travelife, we went for lunch at a winery in the district of Yoichi that is known for having good wines and better yet a very simple but nice restaurant serving Western food with locally sourced ingredients.

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GROWING WINE IN JAPAN,
PARTICULARLY IN HOKKAIDO

Yoichi is a wine-growing district that is reportedly quite similar to southern Germany and the Alsace region of France so the winemakers in this area are hoping to replicate the success of German and French wines from this region.

Meanwhile, I thought the surroundings looked like a bit like Napa Valley as it definitely has a New World feel to it in spite of its Old World influences.

LUNCH AT A HOKKAIDO WINERY


We had a very nice three-course lunch with lamb as the main dish, and I tried one of their homegrown reds with it as I wanted to see just how good the wines were.

They were quite New World but interestingly pretty Old World in terms of price.



After lunch, the winery owner gave us a tour of his facilities. By the standards of the great winemakers around the world, it's a modest wine-making operation but he actually makes reds, whites and even sparkling wine.

So the output is not modest at all.


WINE-TASTING IN HOKKAIDO


To end, as we'd walked around his production area and his cave, we did a wine-tasting of some of his recommended wines.

I asked him: "Which is your favourite?"

He said: "Depends on my mood. And as I just had sushi for lunch today, I prefer these." He then pointed to two bottles, including a young red.

A WINE CALLED BACCHUS


As for me, I liked one wine called Bacchus as it was crisp and sharp when served cold.

But, to tell you the truth, my mind was already on dinner and what to drink with it, as we were headed for one of the most famous restaurants in Hokkaido, if not in the whole Japan, for an eight-course gastronomic dinner with a view.

As always, living a #Travelife.


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