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Napa in Nippon

February 13, 2014

Kenzo Estate Winery Roppongi Hills

In 2010, Japanese tycoon and Capcom CEO Kenzo Tsujimoto shelled out for a Napa Valley winery, picking out a spruce 3,800-acre estate in the eastern Napa mountains to plant some 120,000 grapevines, where now California wine country revellers can pit stop for picnics and exclusive tastings of the Kenzo Estate crop. Elsewhere on the US map, some of the country’s finest restaurants – from New York’s Eleven Madison Park to Los Angeles’ Providence – stock KE bottles in their cellars, but set foot beyond the American border, and your best bet is the estate’s dedicated Tokyo tasting rooms.
 
With its first branch opened in Hiroo in 2010 and an Osaka outpost following shortly after, KE opened its second Tokyo tasting room in Roppongi Hills last November, a fine-dining follow-up serving the group’s signature French-Japanese fusion cuisine. The menu offers delicacies like the roasted lamb provençal and grilled Japanese beef fillet with red wine reduction, served up at the casual first floor counter bar or at the formal upstairs dining room. Of course it’s all perfectly paired with the winery’s signature bottles – from the ‘Rindo’ (a blend of Cavernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot), to the ‘Asatsuyu’ Sauvignon Blanc, and the ‘Yui’ rosé, bringing local oenophiles the flavour of Napa, right here in Nippon.
 
1-2/F / Roppongi Hills / 6-12-4 Roppongi / +81 3 3407 1215 / tr.kenzoestate.jp/r_hills

 

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