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03/31/2009 05:00PM ● Published by Super Admin

Choya Ume Blanc
So what’s an “ume” (pronounced "wu-meh")? Ume is generally known as a Japanese plum, but in use for Umeshu (Ume-plum Liqueur) and Choya Ume Blanc, it is actually a green Japanese apricot. Choya is the number one producer of Ume liqueur and wine in the world, in both quantity and quality. The most popular form of ume is Umeboshi, a sour pickled fruit served with cooked rice.

Choya Ume Blanc is a wonderful low-alcohol (7%), all-natural wine made from 100 percent of the finest Nanko Ume grown in Kishu (the best ume growing region), Japan. Somewhat Riesling- or perhaps Chenin Blanc-like, Ume Blanc has an exquisite aroma with ripe peach notes. It has a gentle sweetness with balanced acidity and flavors of mild citrus and peach. Serve chilled as an aperitif or dessert wine, or pair with Asian cuisine. I even use this wine to de-glaze and it yields wonderful results. Not all wine has to be grape!

Rick Mindermann
Rick is a 30-year veteran grocer with Corti Brothers in Sacramento, personal assistant to Darrell Corti,
and “The Good Taste Guy” for oodleboxtv.com.

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