Tokyo Wine Society
meets once a month
The Tokyo Wine Society is a group of wine enthusiasts that does monthly blind
wine tastings open to the public. Anyone who is interested can attend the tastings (although reservations are required). There are
a number of regulars and a periphery of people who come from time to time. About 150 people are invited each month. The usual attendance
is about 30 people (32 is the limit). The group is about half foreigners and half Japanese. Most of the Japanese people attending
speak good English.
here for Japanese
Tastings always include dinner. They are held at a number of different restaurants around Tokyo, starting at 7:00. Tastings range from
¥11,000 to ¥13,000 including the dinner, of course. Each month nine wines (occasionally more) are compared blind. Usually they are
variations on a theme. Often an oddball is thrown in for contrast. Note that there is now an ¥8,000 cancellation fee if you reserve a
space and do not appear. There is no fee if you cancel by noon on the day before the tasting.
The next tasting
Highlights of last month's tasting
Tokyo Wine Society
Dr Shoichi Okuyama
John Kevin Whelehan
president: Yasuhiko Isshiki
The people who attend range in experience from veteran wine enthusiasts
to curious beginners. At each tasting nine related wines are served
blind. Tasters are asked only to rank them in order of their own
preference. The group is not at all snobbish. We do not encourage
people to guess what is what. The aim is to provide an opportunity
to compare wines without prejudice. At the end of each tasting the
President announces how the group ranked the wines in terms of
pleasure and the identity of each of the wines is announced.
President, The Tokyo Wine Society
This form mail will put you on the e-mail
notification list. After you receive notification of an upcoming
tasting, all you have to do is return the e-mail if you want to
attend. First come, first served.
do not say you will attend unless you are certain you will be able
to. Not appearing is unfair to people on the waiting list and to the
restaurants preparing food. Please arrive on time for tastings. Note
that there is now an ¥ 3,000 cancellation fee if you reserve a space
and do not appear. There is no fee if you cancel by noon on the day
before the tasting. Thanks for your understanding.
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