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Two weeks ago I had occasion to return to Japan, a place where I left a small piece of my heart in 2001, when I ended my nearly two-year stay in Tokyo. My tenure in Japan was mostly characterised...

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Ned Goodwin MW, for long a Purple Pager and the only Master of Wine based in Japan, holds dual Japanese/Australian residency. Here he explains why he has decided to leave Japan after 11...

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It's late November and time for Beaujolais Nouveau 2010. So far in Asia it is still mainly the Japanese who have taken a serious interest in this product but should we be surprised? For it is in...

Below is a little bit of Easter Monday/bank holiday silliness, a very short film I made when just about to be quizzed by various journalists in the city of Kofu in Yamanashi prefecture, centre of...

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Is there no end to Berry Bros’ imperialistic ambitions? Not content with owning most of St James’s in London, they are already oldtimers in both Hong Kong and Ireland with a thriving retail...

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Like many Chinese vine growers, Japan’s wine producers have to cope with summer monsoons. In some cases bunches may even be individually protected from the rain, such is the level of care taken...

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Alan Yau, the restaurateur behind the new Sake No Hana in London’s St James’s Street, has already conceived of and established wagamama (the Japanese noodle chain he subsequently lost...

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Ned Goodwin, Japan: I wasn`t aware that wine lists from Japan were submitted for your perusal so apologies for the...

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'My first wife was second cook in a third-rate restaurant on Fourth Street' has been my favourite line from the movies since I first heard it spoken by the actor William Bendix in the film...

Last month I witnessed the opening of spanking new winery buildings at an estate in the Rheingau so popular that the 600 guests at the party had come from all over the wine world, and included...

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Among the many clouds that have characterised this damp, cool and gloomy British summer there has been at least one professional silver lining: I have come to appreciate and enjoy nimono...

Koshu of Japan seems to be making real inroads into the UK. Yesterday's tasting at the Imagination Gallery in London, the third annual event there, was the best attended to date with 138...

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When I started out writing about wine in the 1970s I was told firmly that the Asians would never become wine drinkers. There was commonly supposed to be something about the Asian palate and...

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I know that at the moment many wine lovers will be seeking news of Châteaux in south-west France. That will follow. Meanwhile here is an assessment of Japan's most famous 'Château'....

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Those of you who have never heard of the Japanese grape variety about which I wrote on Saturday in Koshu gets a passpor t may be a bit puzzled. But Grace Koshu was certainly the wine that stood...

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