July 27, 2019

In Champagne, like other major winegrowing regions, there is an increasing awareness about the necessity to produce wine in a way that is sustainable while taking into account the environment and people. The growing number of consumers who prefer wines produced in this...

June 26, 2019

Wrote about the seminar organized by California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance and SF Wine School that I attended the other day, for a Bay Area local media, Bayspo/Logstar. English version is below. 


June 20, 2019

I attended the masterclass on “Les Houtrants” by Jean-Baptiste Geoffroy in April 2019, which was very impressive, and wrote about it for Wine Report. Here is the link to the article (Japanese only). 

Wine Reportに、Champagne GeoffroyのLes Houtrantsについての記事を寄稿しました。...

June 4, 2019

A special Champagne aged in the sea  Story behind the birth of "Abyss" and Hervé Jestin. You probably heard the news about the wine that was recovered from a sunken ship after resting on the seabed for over a hundred years. This story shows the aging potentia...

May 23, 2019

“Setting out to produce a world-class sparkling wine in the US” was the motivation behind Schramsberg Vineyards, based in Calistoga in the north of Napa Valley.

March 11, 2019

In the center of Paris, near the Louvre and the Opera, there is a well-established wine shop known as Legrand Filles et Fils. Founded in 1880, it began as a grocery store (épicerie). Even today, high-class food, including sweets and preserved foods, is on display and t...

February 8, 2019


Wrote about wine qualifications around the world, such as WSET, Court of Master Sommeliers, Institute of Masters of Wine and my attendance to the WSET Diploma graduation ceremony in London in...

February 6, 2019

Non-vintage (NV) Champagne is the flagship wine for Champagne houses. As the most widely available and accessible products in terms of both quantity and price point, wines like Yellow Label of Veuve Clicquot, Brut Premier of Louis Roederer, and La Cuvée of Laurent Perr...

January 14, 2019

Wrote about dosage of Champagne for Wine Report here. (Japanese only). 

Dosage is the (almost) final and important process of the Champagne making. For quality producers, it’s not just a matter of how many grams of sugars to be added or the sweetness/dryness level in th...

January 13, 2019

Ridge Vineyards is a leading winery in this region. Although it shares an address in Cupertino with Apple's headquarters, it takes a 30-minute drive into the mountains to finally reach the winery. The views are stunning and, in good weather, you can see all of Sili...

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My Champagne Life

by Yuri Shima

My Champagne Life 

by Yuri Shima
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