One weekend in November, Le Temps, a French bistro in my hometown organized a wine pairing dinner they called “Enjoy Masút Dinner.” This is the first wine pairing event Masút has had in Japan. Twelve guests were there to enjoy food paired with wine. I was there to assist with serving, so I wore my Wine Expert button even though a few of the guests also hold the accreditation.
The restaurant prepared 6 wines for the night. But I brought one more as a surprise. Aspriori from Vinigma winery in Switzerland. This wine was awarded the Best White Wine at the “Drink the Best Wine in Japan 2017” contest. So the guests had a chance to taste the best red and the best white wines from that event. Isn’t that gorgeous? I became acquainted with Vinigma at the event's celebration party in July and we have been exchanging information and hoping that something good will come out of our efforts ever since. If I could pick a second wine to make more broadly available in Japan...Aspriori.
A few of the guests this evening were also there last month at the wine pairing dinner held by Le Temps. I was a guest back in October with them. The dinner and wine was great and with the help of alcohol, I became talkative. I told them my story about Masút, how I got into this new business of alcohol, ended up taking the accreditation and so on. Well I did want them to get to know about Masút, too. So when I saw some of their faces with flared nostrils in expectation, I became a bit nervous serving Masút, hoping it would exceed their expectations. Contrary to my anxiety, the food was excellent and the wines were all great, so the guests seemed very satisfied. I even got an order from one of the guests the next day!
Seeing people enjoying Masút paired with great food in a relaxing ambiance was really nice. The guests seemed to have a good time, too. This setting was very different from the testing events where there the tables are full of different wines. I hope we can do this again, soon.