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London welcomes seventh annual Japanese Koshu wine tasting

Published:  08 January, 2016

The seventh annual Koshu of Japan tasting will take place in London next month.

The tasting, which is open to both trade and press, will be held at the Michelin-starred Ametsa restaurant in the Halkin Hotel.

Twelve Japanese wine producers will be showcasing their 2015 vintages.

The event will run from 10:30am until 5:00pm on Tuesday, February 2, with a selection of canapés from the restaurant's kitchen available between 12:00am and 4:00pm.

Koshu wines have been stocked in a range of UK retailers, including Selfridges and Marks & Spencer.

Koshu is named for a pink-skinned white grape varietal native to Japan.

The grape is primarily grown in the Yamanashi Prefecture at the base of Mount Fuji, which is characterised by extremes of heat and cold, and well-drained volcanic soils.

Koshu accounts for up to 90% of Japanese wine production, although Japanese wineries also make wines from a wide range of well-known varietals, including Chardonnay, Viognier, Petit Verdot, Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon.

There are currently around 80 wineries in Yamanashi Prefecture.

To register for the tasting please visit the event website, or contact Samantha Holmes by email.