We were at the annual UK Trade and Press Tasting of Koshu wines from the Yamanashi Prefecture of Japan at The Westbury Hotel in Mayfair. We were lucky to get a place at the event’s food and wine matching seminar.
Fresh and delicate with pronounced acidity, Koshu wines go especially well with Japanese cuisine but also most seafood, just about any raw or smoked fish, and even good old fish ‘n chips.
An ideal pairing from last week’s tasting was 2013 Suntory Tomi no Oka Koshu with smoked eel with cucumber and creamed horseradish.
We also liked sampling Grace Wine’s offerings. The 2014 Private Reserve Katsunuma was particularly light and balanced.
On the downside, Koshu wines are pricy. The high price tag makes sense given that land is at such a premium in populous Japan and that these wines are actually a quality product.
Look for Koshu at finer Japanese restaurants and boutique wine shops. There’s a limited selection at Selfridges too.