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Huge wine and spirits expo about to open in Tokyo

rsz_1rsz_image_-_vinexpoThe prestigious Vinexpo Nippon will showcase the best of international wines and spirits on 1st and 2nd November in Tokyo. 15 wine producing regions are represented and will present 500 wines. New Zealand has done well at several previous Vinexpo events around the globe. Visitors from over 100 countries are expected.

The organisers are promising “an unparalleled opportunity to taste prestigious wines, try out new products and share the company of some of the greatest international experts both at the exhibition and during the official “Off The Record” networking evening.” The Academy programme includes several master classes, including tastings by Champagne Barons de Rothschild and of Almaviva Chilean wines, Opus One Californian wines and Indian offerings from Sula Vineyards.

To lead the tastings the brands have called in internationally renowned speakers, such as Michel Bettane and Thierry Desseauve, two of the most famous French tasters, who will share their favourite wines in a tasting of great Bordeauxs. Two emblematic figures of Italian winegrowing, Angelo Gaja, the founder of Gaja wines and Albiera Antinori, Vice-President of Marchesi Antinori, will present vintages from their respective properties in person.

Wine Kingdom magazine is organising an introduction on how to match Japanese gastronomic dishes and wine with a master class delivered by Hisao Morigami, sommelier and member of Association de la Sommellerie Internationale. The Best Sommelier of Japan 2005, Yochi Sato, will be presenting the greatest Rhone Valley wines from France.

There are many in TheShout’s office who would like to be there next week.