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Current events + our random ramblings on wine, sake and the lovely cities we call home.

Current events + our random ramblings on wine, sake and the lovely cities we call home.

Current events + our random ramblings on wine, sake and the lovely cities we call home.

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Umeshu is so much more than you think it is…

Umeshu is a traditional Japanese liqueur made from ume fruit steeped in alcohol (typically in shochu or sake) and sugar. It is sweet, fruity, and tangy and can be enjoyed in various ways; straight, on the rocks, or with soda. Umeshu has a long history; first referenced in an early culinary book that was published […]

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May 26

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Report from London – IWC Sake Judging

written by Mariko Tajiri   The International Wine Challenge is the biggest wine competition in the world. The sake category is in its 11th year with over 1100 sakes and I was lucky enough to participate this year as a judge for the first time. There were 64 judges this year from all over the […]

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May 1

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Why Fresh Isn’t Always Better | Sake

written by Mariko Tajiri Millions of people flock to Tsukiji Market each year to watch the fish auction, walk around the market and enjoy some of the best seafood the world has to offer. It’s a breathtaking sight, seeing fish from all over Japan and the world land in this small and very cramped place. […]

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March 29

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Manzanilla. Yes you need it! | Sherry

written by Margaux Burgess Walking through the streets of Sanlucar de Barrameda in the spring is a wholly different experience than walking the streets of Jerez.  Jerez is full of orange trees and wafts of azahar while Sanlucar de Barrameda is the salty savoury scent of Manzanilla.  It permeates the air as if the entire […]

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March 29

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Caution! Fake Information Re: Henri Bonneau | Notice

Dear That’s Life Gourmet Ltd. Customers, We just have been informed by the domaine, Henri Bonneau, that a Danish merchant, RARE WINE, is offering VINTAGE 2012 from Domaine Henri Bonneau in Chateauneuf Du Pape.  This is FAKE information because the wine is still in barrels at the domaine.  Please be aware of this notice. Thanks!

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March 3

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Hanami

written by Mariko Tajiri ~ If you’re in Japan in the Spring, there are a few things you should be doing. First, there are the cherry blossoms. Everyone talks about them because they’re like nothing you’ve seen before and you should go see them. Better yet, have a picnic under the blooming trees because that’s […]

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February 28

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Domaine André et Mireille/Bénédicte & Stéphane Tissot, Jura

written by Van Doren Chan ~ In the wooded hills on the limestone plâteau, there you will find the rolling dairy country where vines drape the villages of the Jura Mountains. The town of Jura stretches about 250 kilometres from Lake Geneva northeast to Belfort along both sides of the Franco–Swiss border. Jura comes from […]

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February 28

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Out With The Ogres!

The first day of spring, according to the old Japanese calendar (also called the Lunar Calendar), is Risshun. The day preceding Risshun is called Setsubun and there are traditional rituals observed on Setsubun. One of the most famous of these rituals is the custom of throwing roasted soybeans in order to ward off evil ogres and demons […]

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February 1

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Christmas in Japan = KFC?

By Mariko Tajiri The holidays is a time of year when family and friends gather around – what else – food. I grew up with roast beef (my favourite) alongside big bowls of chirashi-sushi and soy sauce at the dinner table on Christmas Eve. Awkward conversations, ever-so drunken uncles and aunts, everyone’s got memories of […]

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December 1

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