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Japan Special Edition: Wine writer + expert Elaine Chukan Brown speaks with Akiko Freeman, Winemaker & Co-founder, Freeman Vineyard & Winery. Interpretation by Kana Yamamoto.

イレイン・チューカン・ブラウンをホストに、カリフォルニアを代表するワインメーカーたちを迎えたウェビナーシリーズ「Behind The Wines」。今回は、カリフォルニアでワイナリーと畑を所有する唯一の日本人オーナー女性醸造家であるアキコ・フリーマンさん(フリーマン・ヴィンヤード&ワイナリー)をゲストに迎えた、日本向け特別編です。(通訳:山本香奈)

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Freeman Estate Yu-Ki Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 2016 
フリーマン ユーキ・エステート ピノ・ノワール ソノマ・コースト 2016

Freeman Gloria Estate Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2016 
フリーマン グロリア・エステート「輝」ピノ・ノワール ロシアン・リヴァー・ヴァレー 2016

Freeman Akiko’s Cuvée Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 2016 
フリーマン アキコズ・キュヴェ ピノ・ノワール ソノマコースト 2016

Littorai Wines The Pivot Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2017 
リトライ ピヴォット・ヴィンヤード ピノ・ノワール 2017

Peay Vineyards Pinot Noir Estate Scallop Shelf 2014
ペイ エステイト ピノ・ノワール スキャロップ・シェルフ 2014

A native to Tokyo, Akiko Freeman attributes her love of wine to her grandfather, whose influence imbued her with a lifelong passion for the enigmatic beauty of great Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. After earning her master’s degree in Italian Renaissance art history from Stanford in the mid-1990s, Akiko traveled throughout Europe and as far as South Africa to explore the great winemaking regions of the world. Returning to California in 1997, she worked with Ken to realize their longtime dream of establishing a small, family-run winery dedicated to crafting expressive, cool-climate California Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

Today Akiko’s gifted palate guides every Freeman wine, every vintage. When she and Ken founded Freeman Vineyard & Winery in 2001, she immersed herself in the world of viticulture and winemaking, and apprenticed herself to renowned winemaker Ed Kurtzman. Akiko now oversees every aspect of Freeman’s winemaking program, from the organic farming of the estate vineyards and the selection of grower partners to fermentations, racking, lot evaluations and blending. Her vision and refined palate have positioned Freeman as one of the great benchmarks for cool-climate New World wines, while establishing Akiko as a winemaking talent in her own right.

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