Lauraine Jacobs

Food & Wine Writer

3 November 2012

CHAMPAGNE IN OSAKA

Sometimes you get the unexpected! Dinner in a private home while travelling is always a complete privilege. We were invited to a very special dinner while in Osaka, Japan. Chef Tsumara had a very popular restaurant in the city and has now retired (at a very young age I might add.)

He'd visited us at Omaha Beach a few years ago and so we were thrilled to see him again. We went with our friends Bill and Noriyo Vincent from Auckland (The Village Wine Shop in Mt Eden) and Tsumura-san cooked a fabulous homestyle feast for us. Everything was totally delicious and very special.

The guests were wine connoisseurs so we enjoyed fabulous wines throughout the meal including a magnum of Bandol's Domaine Tempier, and those really interesting Champagnes pictured above. We loved it as most of our meals in Japan were accompanied by beer or sake!