Interview: Frenchman Aims to Up Sake's Presence in Top Restaurants (News)


Paris, Feb. 4 (Jiji Press)—French sommelier Xavier Thuizat, who has been under the spell of sake for years, aims to make the Japanese rice wine account for 15% of drink menus at top-ranked restaurants in his country.

In a recent interview with Jiji Press, Thuizat said he hopes to realize the target in three years. He will serve as head of judges in a sake contest to be held in Paris in late June.

Backed by the global popularity of washoku, or Japanese cuisine, sake exports to France are on an increasing trend.

But Thuizat said sake accounts for only less than 1% of wine consumption in his country. He wants to increase the share to 2%–3%.

First drawn to sake three years ago, Thuizat has visited about 15 sake breweries in Japan, mainly in Fukushima, Niigata, and Aichi prefectures.

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