Fortunately, times have changed! The Japanese winemaker for Freixenet,Yoko Sato, has melded both her culture and his passion for wine into a new blend specifically made for sushi.
‘I always had sushi on the table when blending,’ she (Yoko Sato) told Decanter, ‘It is a struggle to find the best wine match to go with rice, as it has a sweetness. Japanese food consists of many different tastes in one dish.’
Made from Airen, Macabeo and Moscatel, Oroyo (a basket used to transport goods down a river), has made a major splash in the UK but has been struggling to make it in the US. Whether the reason for it’s lack of success is related to the Japanese culture being more of a beer culture than a wine culture, or whether customers still prefer Champagne and sake over table wine, is yet to be seen. What is for sure though is that wine can pair incredibly well with sushi and if you haven’t had the chance to give it a shot, why not try Oroyo with your next sushi adventure and let us know what you think.
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