I was tasting some Koshu the other week (Koshu is a distinctly different grape variety grown in Japan) and I know that this will sound really posey, but it just didn’t measure up to the wines I tried whilst visiting Japan a couple of years ago.
My tasting notes from back then refer to a fruity, citrusy style, a bit like Sauvignon Blanc with a hint of peach and that is what I was expecting this time. A shame, because Koshu is most definitely one of those light, refreshing, aromatic white wines which are the Hot New Varietals in the wine world.
So what would I recommend to have instead with sushi, a bento box or maybe sashimi? Here are some ideas from the Wine Shop to entice and excite – all fresh, all a little bit minerally or spicy, all uber-trendy and all light enough not to overwhelm the delicate flavours of Japanese cookery.
Silver Bullet Laurenz V Gruner Veltliner
A favourite on restaurant wine lists (and can often be spotted in my wine rack at home) Gruner Veltliner is peppery, spicy and refreshing. An Austrian Gem.
Chateau Salmoniere Muscadet de Sevret et Maine Sur Lie 2013
Sadly neglected for a few years, Muscadet de Sevre et Maine is back in vogue – bright and bracing and brilliant with seafood and fish. Would make sushi smile!
Alba Signature Albarino 2012
Practically mainstream, Albarino is a food lover’s dream and our IWC Silver Medal winner from Galicia in North West Spain would taste sensational with sashimi salmon or tuna.
Calvet Pinot Blanc 2013
I’m a huge fan of Alsace wines since first visiting the region in France on my honeymoon and though it might have clouded my judgement a little I’ve never lost my love of their food friendly varietals. Pinot Blanc is a like a gentler, calmer sister to Pinot Grigio – not as crunchy and a lot more floral and peachy. This would say ‘bento box’ to me in almost any language.
Arigato (Thank you!)