Over the years there has been a big transition with wines in Hakuba. When I first came here there was a limited supply of good wines at good prices. I made it one of my goals to change that and we have certainly come a long way. You still may find a red served from the fridge or a dubious cheap french bottle at the supermarket but at least now there are quite a few really good options about. Even the convenience stores have a few cheaper ones to choose from. I have always encouraged the restaurant, bar and hotel owners to learn a little about wines and this year once again I will be holding a tasting before the season on Friday November 21st. This event has always been a popular get together before business gets too busy for the winter. There are also a few more wine distributors coming to Hakuba this year to introduce themselves and I see that as a great thing. The dining here is exceptional so having the wines to compliment just makes the experience even better.
Azuma Wines will be having a tasting at the Mominoki Hotel on Wednesday the 8th of October, 1-4pm
AWines will be holding their tasting at the Cafe and Bar LION on Wednesday 5th November 12 – 5 pm
Village Cellars will be holding their 9th Hakuba annual wine tasting at the White Horse Hotel on the 28th November 1:00 – 4:30 pm
Drink driving is dangerous and also illegal in Japan and we would like everybody to stay safe so please spit your wines, catch a taxi, have a designated driver or take a pleasant stroll home.