Irving So

Irving So is a WSET Educator at Academie du Vin in Tokyo. He is also a certified Italian Wine Expert (The Vinitaly International Academy or VIA), a Langhe Wines Ambassador and a Valpolicella Wine...

Japan

Japan is a densely populated, mountainous island country in East Asia located in the northwest Pacific Ocean. It is bordered by the Sea of Japan to the west and extends from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and Taiwan in the south. Capital city:...

Japan, wine consumption

Japan, Wine Consumption: See Japan. Gideon Rachman, ‘The disappearing drinker’, The Economist Dec 16th 1999 A combination of health concerns and fashion have helped to fuel an extraordinary wine boom in Japan, where consumption trebled between 1995 and...

Koshu

Koshu is a pinkish-grey skinned table grape indigenous to Japan, that country’s best known variety. It is said to be a natural hybrid between an as-yet-unidentified variety of Vitis vinifera and an unknown hybrid whose parents are Vitis davidii x Vitis vinifera...