When you talk to people in Japan about Canada, you typically get asked about mountains, moose and maple syrup – not merlot. But the reality is Canada is producing some world-class, award-winning wine with small, artesian wineries painstakingly crafting amazing products in many parts of the country.
One Tokyo shop owner wants to change the conversation with those in Japan who don’t realize Canada has a lot to offer their wine racks.
Ex-pat Jamie Paquin owns Heavenly Vines in Ebisu. He imports wines from British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia, with customers from across Japan ordering in-store and online.