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Japanese Masterclass With Grace Winemaker Ayana Misawa



The Oak Barrel will have the honour of hosting Japanese winemaker Ayana Misawa for a very special masterclass Friday 31 March.

The interest in Japanese drinks is increasing exponentially (recent sales and tastings are proof of that) and while there is a lot of talk about whisky and sake, there is a huge amount of potential for Japanese wine as well.  

Misawa will be presenting wines from her Grace brand, which are very limited in Australia. She’ll be talking about the Japanese wine culture, its history and its future as we sample a range of vintages of her creation.

Koshu is the dominant variety here, a grape which was first cultivated over 1,000 years ago in the Caucasus Region in Asia Minor. It came to Japan together with Buddhism via the Silk Road through China. It localised itself and became native to Japan and when winemaking started in Japan in 1874, it quickly became not only the main, but also the most important variety.

Grace Winery (“Chuo Budoshu” in Japanese) was established in 1923 in Katsunuma, the birthplace of Japan’s wine industry an ongoing wine hub for the country. The company believe “good wines come from grapes which bear the characters of the place they originated from”.

Winemaker Ayana Misawa is the daughter of Shigekazu Misawa, the company’s President and a pioneer of the Koshu variety in Japan.

This will be a fascinating, entertaining night and we’re delighted to be able to offer an evening with such intimate access to the winemaker. Strictly limited tickets.

WHEN: Friday 31 March, 2017
TIME: 6:30pm to 8:15pm
WHERE: The Oak Barrel, 152 Elizabeth St. Sydney CBD
PRICE$20 for members$30 for non-members

We’ll be trying the following wines:

Gris de Koshu 2015
Koshu 2015
Koshu Toriibira Vineyard 2015
Koshu Toriibira Vineyard Cuvée Misawa Private Reserve 2009
Koshu Toriibira Vineyard Cuvée Misawa Private Reserve 2012 
Koshu Toriibira Vineyard Cuvée Misawa Private Reserve 2015
Koshu Akeno Vineyard Cuvée Misawa 2015
Kayagatake Rouge 2014

Wines are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances. Tickets are non-transferable and non-refundable.

Paul Hervy