The story goes back to December 29, 2007.
In Tokyo where I am from, there are quite a lot of varieties of foods and drinks available. After all, it is not the country of only Sushi and Sake. But certainly, we’ve got to know where to go and what we want in the massive Tokyo dessert. Well, if I didn’t know, Beck would. Beck is a good friend from the university who is like a walking Michelin guide, well, with a friendly price range. Originally from Uzbekistan, he has been studying and working in Tokyo for quite a long time by now and he certainly is more local than myself, being a melange of Tokyo and Detroit.
So several friends, three Singaporeans, one Uzbek and one Japanese have trotted to a Russian restaurant in the middle of the Roppongi late night. This is the crazier area of Tokyo, an area that has a different look between day and night. To remember all the great experiences in 2007 and wish the best for the new year, we enjoyed a grand Russian feast prepared by a local chef. On top of the quality of food, what captured my attention was their wonderful bottle of wine from Georgia. It was my first time to taste a Georgian wine. Tamada Mukuzani certainly was a great way to finish the year.
Well, I have learned later that the Republic of Georgia is an important country because they have one of the longest wine making histories. Some experts say that the tradition goes as far back as 6000 BC! Tamada Mukuzani (I believe it was a 2001 bottle) is produced by Georgian Wines & Spirits Company LTD, collaborating with Pernod Ricard of Holland. The bottle had a very spicy blackberry taste and it went quite well with one of the main dishes, ground beef covered with Galette.
Interestingly enough, I had some non-French wine experiences before coming to France. I hope to visit the vineyard in Georgia when the time comes. When will that be? I am not so certain for now. Maybe this is where the Master of Public Affairs and my pure joy of wine meet…