I had lots of fun the other day at the Tokyo American Club. One of the best qualities of wine is that it can put great smiles on people's faces so, everyone smiled!!! We enjoyed together a few glasses of Romanian Wine and had a great time.
To me, wines have some kind of magic in them. When I taste a wine I feel like I am taken to a trip. Not necessarily in space but in time. Usually a trip to my childhood. With the right wine, memories of smells and tastes are rushing through my brain and all sorts of feelings fill my heart. The smell of freshly cut grass, a field of flowers on a sunny day of spring are coming back to me just as I felt them when I was only a few years old, playing in my grand parent's yard, in northern Romania.
In the late 90’s it seemed to me that it will take a long time until Romania can even dream of taking its rightful place in the world of wine. Even if Romania is a leading wine producer in Europe, the government at that time cared very little about the industry. The dark-times of the communist era and the disruption created in the wine tradition of the country were still influencing the mindset of the producers who continued to choose quantity over quality. However, in the last 15 years things changed dramatically thanks to the new wave of small and medium sized wineries that developed at an amazing speed. They simply went form horse and carriage to Ferrari in an impossibly short time.
Romanian made wine barrels.
Dealu Mare Region / photo: Daniel A. BERES
Before artesorores.net there was artesorores.com, my first wine project in Japan. While our online store for the expat community in Japan (artesorores.net) is just beginning, our physical wine store in the city of Toyohashi (Aichi Prefecture) is in its third year of existence. Within these three wonderful years we had several wine events and we enjoyed every moment to the fullest. Here is a short movie of our last wine event held in our store.