If the Koshu fits

Drinks: Wines
Location: Japan

Sommeliers, buyers and trade professionals got a personal insight into the unusual and characterful Koshu wines of Japan during the third annual Koshu of Japan tasting.

Wines from 15 leading producers based in the country’s Yamanashi prefecture were present at the tasting at London’s Imagination Gallery, which also included a tutored tasting given by Jancis Robinson OBE MW.

Typically made in an unoaked, steel-fermented style and low in alcohol, subtle and elegant, the Koshu wines on show still exhibited great diversity and distinctive characteristics.

Since launching into the UK in 2010, the wines have begun to carve out a niche in the on-trade in particular, with Gerard Basset MS MW listing a Koshu wine at TerraVina and praising its ‘fresh and delicate style’.

The tasting is set to return to London in 2013. For more details, email Koshu of Japan, or visit the Koshu of Japan website for more information.

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