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The New York Times

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"Japanese Wineries Betting on a Reviled Grape."

THE Japanese have made wine for years, it is just that no one outside Japan wanted to drink it, particularly if it was sweet swill made from a native table grape called koshu.
But Ernest Singer thinks koshu deserves a place among the world’s fine white-wine grapes.

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The Guardian

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"Japanese wine forces grape snobs to think again"

Previously known for poor-quality plonk, the nation's winemakers are now using 100% domestically grown grapes to produce fine, sushi-friendly wine for the world.

The central region, where 90 wineries operate in the shadow of Mount Fuji, is now producing drinkable wines from chardonnay and other European grapes.

Amid a global boom in interest in Japanese food, Koshu is being touted as the perfect accompaniment to sushi's subtle flavours and delicate textures.

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The Japan Times

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"Koshu wine gets uncorked abroad"

On June 19, Shizen, a white wine made in Japan with the native Koshu grape, will make its debut at Vinexpo, Bordeaux. By exhibiting at one of the wine industry’s most important events, Ernest Singer, the man behind Shizen and a project to improve winemaking in Japan, is declaring his confidence in Koshu wine to the international community."

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The Japan Times

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"Koshu stands out as sip of summer"

The occasion was historic because this is the first year that a Japanese wine has been accepted for sale in Europe, and both Parker and Dubourdieu had a big role to play in this groundbreaking development.

The wine is Koshu Shizen and its consultant oenologist is Dubourdieu. Parker brought global attention to the project by tasting the first vintage Dubourdieu produced, back in 2004, and giving the wine a score of 88 points (out of a possible 100), declaring that it had great potential for improvement over the years.

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Fujisan Winery

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"The Mayor of Fujinomiya City attends a Shizen tasting with the Fujisan Winery"

The mayor of Fujinomiya city, Mr. Sudo visited us for a tasting of our wines in April 2013.  We were excited about his enthusiasm for Shizen wines, the Fujisan winery, and his plans for incorporating our activities into his vision for expanding the region’s economy over the next few years.

Ernie Singer with Mayor Sudo

Elected to office in 2011, Mayor Sudo told us that he would be proud if his region could produce a world-class wine for export around the world, and that we would enjoy his support in our ongoing efforts to expand the production and distribution of Domaine Shizen wines.  Mayor Sudo also commented that he would like to see many more vineyards like ours decorating the landscape around Mt. Fuji, as increasing the number of viable, value-added agricultural products is a critical issue for many of his constituents. 

The tasting started at the Fujisan winery where the mayor enjoyed Domaine Shizen 2012 straight from the tank.  We then moved to the “Food Park”, a newly developed restaurant and market area near the winery, where we had lunch and conducted a tasting of our Shizen 2011 wine. The Food Park was developed with the help of Mr. Sudo and the Fujinomiya government, and features many products grown in the surrounding farms including tea, milk and sake.  After such a productive and positive meeting, our excitement at being a part of Fujinomiya’s growing community and economy was reaffirmed.

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