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Nikkei Wine Summit 2024 – American Wine with Japanese Soul

Nikkei Wine Summit 2024 – American Wine with Japanese Soul



Sat, Jun 29, 2024 12:30 pm - 7:30 pm


Toshizo Watanabe Culinary Cultural Center
244 S. San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012


General Admission: $150

This event is 21+.


Join Japanese American winemakers, proprietors, and wine professionals of the Nikkei Wine & Vine Group at the inaugural Nikkei Wine Summit 2024 – American Wine with Japanese Soul. The Summit aims to promote awareness of Nikkei winemakers and wine growers and the discovery of our Nikkei wine heritage in America. By continuing to introduce fine wines to our audience, JACCC seeks to build a community with wine enthusiasts interested in the growing diversity of the U.S. wine industry.

For information about sponsorship opportunities, contact Akiko Manaka at akiko.manaka@gmail.com

Program Schedule

11:00 am - 12:30 pmRegistration
JACCC Lobby (Plaza Level)
12:30 pm - 1:00 pmWelcome & Greeting
Patricia Wyatt, President & CEO

Opening Remarks
Kenko Sone, Consul General of Japan in Los Angeles

Toshizo Watanabe Culinary Cultural Center (Garden Level)
1:00 pm - 2:15 pmPanel One: Nikkei Wine Legacy in America

“The Grape King” – The Kanaye Nagasawa Story
Panelists: Eiji Daniel Akaboshi, Associate Winemaker, Freeman Winery & Vineyard and Jennifer Tusa, Estate Manager, Hartford Family Winery

Pioneering Father & Son
Panelist: David Akiyoshi, Winemaker Emeritus, Lange Twins Winery

Three Generations of Vignerons
Panelist: Jason Mikami, Owner & Grower, Mikami Vineyards
2:15 pm - 2:30 pmBreak
2:30 pm - 3:30 pmPanel Two: Nikkei Trailblazers in Wine

Akiko Dreams of Pinot
Panelist: Akiko Freeman, Owner & Winemaker, Freeman Vineyard & Winery

Pinot Master Extraordinaire
Panelist: Byron Kosuge, Owner & Winemaker, B. Kosuge Wines
3:30 pm - 3:45 pmBreak
3:45 pm - 4:45 pmPanel Three: Time For Nikkei Stars to Shine

Rooted in Legacy, Focused on Future
Panelist: Jessica Mozeico, Owner & Winemaker, Et Fille Wines

Living a Dream in To Kalon
Panelist: Kurtis Ogasawara, Director of Winemaking, Robert Mondavi Winery
4:45 pm - 5:00 pmIn Remembrance
5:00 pm - 5:10 pmConcluding Remarks
5:10 pm - 5:30 pmBreak
5:30 pm - 7:30 pmGrand Tasting
George J. Doizaki Gallery (Lobby)
7:30 pmConclusion

Nikkei Wine Summit 2024 is supported in part by:

Enterprise Bank

Kawaguchi-Kihara Memorial Foundation

Nikki Kodama & Family

Gonsaku & Mine Ito Family

MUFG Bank, Ltd.

FIA Insurance Inc.

Fukui Mortuary Inc.

JSL Foods, Inc.

Mitsubishi Corporation (Americas)

John & Susan Sasaki

Lisa Sugimoto & Don Nose

Ken & Ellen Minami

Linda Taira

David & Helen Yamahata

For information about sponsorship opportunities, contact Akiko Manaka at akiko.manaka@gmail.com

The Grand Tasting is supported in part by:

B. Kosuge Wines

Boisset Collection

Etnyre Wines

Et Fille Wines

Francis Ford Coppola Winery

Freeman Vineyard & Winery

Hartford Family Winery

Kale Wines

Kazumi Wines

Lange Twins Winery

Materra Cunat Family Vineyards

Mikami Vineyards

Robert Mondavi Winery

Sakura Winery

Schramsberg Cellars

Six Cloves Wines

Sunset Suisin

Wine Chips

Wonderwerk Wines

Yamachan Wine

Yata Eagle Wines

Wayne Nagao

John Sasaki

Qris Yamashita

About the Panelists

Eiji Daniel Akaboshi

David Akiyoshi

Akiko Freeman

Byron Kosuge

Jason Mikami

Jessica Mozeico

Kurtis Ogasawara

Jennifer Tusa

Things to Know

About Nikkei Wine & Vine Group

Entrance & Check-in

Social Responsibility & Designated Driver Program

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