One of my favorite parts about working for an Italian wine importer is that I am able to spend time with Italian winemakers while they are visiting the US.  It’s a fantastic study in cultural differences and similarities- and really, it’s just a lot of fun.  One theme I have noticed recently is that our visiting winery representatives are always excited about one thing.  Sushi.

Maybe it’s because I work on the Western coast of the US, and there’s so much great seafood available.  Maybe it’s because Japanese food is still so hard to find in some parts of Italy.  Maybe there are just too many Italian restaurants in the US.  I don’t know what the reason, but all of my Italian winery representatives LOVE sushi.

Thanks to Cavatappi, one of my amazing distributors in Washington state, I found out about Nishino, locally recognized as the best sushi restaurant in Seattle.  We took Vittorio Marzotto of Ca’ del Bosco for a delicious meal there, where we learned Nishino’s glowing reputation is no joke.

Nishino’s sushi was fresh, creative and super authentic.  It certainly didn’t hurt that, along with a little sake, we enjoyed a very fine bottle of Pierre Gimonnet Champagne with dinner.

Nishino’s wine director, Yuichi, cultivates a lovely list of wines and sake.  This bottle of Gimonnet was no Franciacorta, but it was still the perfect compliment to all that fresh seafood.

Gimonnet’s Paradoxe 2004 is approximately two-thirds Pinot Noir and one-third Chardonnay. The Pinot gives the Paradoxe a certain weight and breadth- hedonistic and full of red berries, flowers, mint and coriander.  This is a powerful champagne, capable of keeping up with spicy Asian flavors and rich, oily fish.

Next time, Vittorio, I promise you we will drink Ca’ del Bosco with our sushi…

About The Author

I love all things Italian: the beautiful country of Italia, the Italians themselves, the language, the food… and above all, I love Italian wine. The people I meet in my charmed life are fascinating, the wines are extraordinary. I needed a special place like this to write about them, and to remember them.

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6 Responses

  1. Molly @paprikapinot

    Seriously. I want want your life. I have this idea that all you do is go out to eat and taste wine. And I like thinking that. It makes me think that at least someone I know has the perfect life!

    • Joanie Karapetian, Italian Wine Geek

      Thank Molly. I do love my job. It does involve more than just eating and drinking- emailing, sales presentations, pricing strategies, depletion reports, inventory reports, training, meetings, phone calls- it’s all part of the gig. However I only write about the fun stuff. The people, the food and wine are the reasons we do what we do!

  2. talkavino

    You know, these kind of pictures should be illegal… This Uni – I’m speechless… I want it… Now…


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