Sweet and sour

When I met Mitsuyasu Uchibori he gave me a business card that read “Summelier No 001”. He is Japan’s premier vinegar sommelier.  (Su-memlier is a pun on the Japanese word of vinegar, su.)

And quite the showman . . .

Uchibori runs a 130 year old vinegar company in central Japan and a chain of drinking vinegar shops in Takashimaya department stores. The vinegar boutiques sell a range of fruit vinegars.

I tried several and they are rather like an unusally acidic fruit juice. Very nice.

Uchibori has vinegar bar in Tokyo station too. They have Ai-su Cream and Su-fu-to cream desserts and a few alcoholic vinegar cocktails. I recommend the ginger vinegar and beer.

A word of warning though. If you are not used to drinking vinegar don’t go crazy trying the whole menu. I had quite a stomach ache the evening after this shoot.

Vinegar is very good for your health but about 10cc  a day is right.

Drinking Vinegar, Nov 2009 – Images by Tony McNicol

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3 Responses to “Sweet and sour”

  1. Nelly says:

    I would absolutely try these desserts. Your photos are a big inspiration, I plan to visit many places you have shown here next time I go to Japan.
    I like the summelier’s smile, he’s the personification of ^_^

  2. Very good quality photographs. I taste different flavors of these vinegar liquids. Was very reluctant at first, it’s nice, indeed.
    Once again, I like your photos.

  3. A connoisseur after my own heart! He is welcome to send me a list of his vinegars!

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