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Friday, Oct. 12, 2007

HOTELS & RESTAURANTS

Free wine tastings, and celebrity chef at the Cerulean

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Wine tasting — and it's free

Vinos Yamazaki's new wine shop in Yurakucho, Tokyo, will hold a three-day Wine Festival to mark its opening, with free wine tastings, special seminars and a limited sale of special wines, from Oct. 12 to 14.

Vinos Yamazaki Yurakucho will open Oct. 12 in the Food Avenue on the B1 floor of the Yurakucho ITOCiA shopping complex, a one-minute walk from Yurakucho Station. The shop has a spacious 250 sq. meters of floor space, and sells some 600 wines from France, Italy, Spain, Germany, America, Australia, New Zealand, Chile and South Africa. There is an in-store wine bar with a counter and tables where shoppers can enjoy more than 10 kinds of wines selected weekly.

During the fair, visitors can try over 20 wines free at the wine bar, accompanied by free snacks. There will also be free tastings of a selection of sake, including Isoziman, which was awarded the top prize at the International Sake Challenge. Visitors can enjoy 30 minutes of free tasting each from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., except when seminars are being held.

The special one-hour seminars, presented by Kenichi Saito, a wine writer who supervises a famous wine-themed manga, on Oct. 12 and 13 (from 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.) will feature several kinds of Reignac wine, which can also be tasted for free.

For more information or seminar reservations, call (03) 5224-6391.

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Michelin star comes to Tokyu

Celebrated French chef Stephane Buron is bringing his modern French cuisine to the Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel in Tokyo's Shibuya Ward.

Buron, of the Le Chabichou, a Michelin two-star resort hotel and restaurant at Courchevel in the French Alps, has received a number of awards, including the prestigious Meilleur Ouvrier de France in 2004.

Buron's menus will be served at the hotel's 39th-floor Towers Salon on Oct. 16 from 6 p.m. (¥16,000, including two drinks) and Oct. 17 from noon (¥12,000, with one drink). Prices include tax and service charge.

The hotel is a five-minute walk from Shibuya Station.

For more information and reservations, call (03) 3476-3000 between 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. on weekdays.



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