Wine & Spirits - April 2012 - (Page 20)
an interview with Manga authors Shin and Yuko Kibayashi
renown wine critic dies and leaves his house and wine collection to his son—but only if his son can identify the “12 Apostles,” a dozen wines he’s chosen as a window into his soul. The problem is, his son has never had a sip of wine in his life, and his father has made the same bid to another “son,” a conﬁrmed wine connoisseur. That’s the premise of the adventures of Shizuku and his competitor in The Drops of God, a manga written by Shin and Yuko Kibayashi, a brother-and-sister team writing under the pseudonym Tadashi Aga. The manga, with its plot twists and illustrations by Shu Okimoto (wine portrayed as a Queen rock ballad; doe-eyed beauties gasping over great bottles) injects wine writing with the sort of energy more usually found in Spanish telenovas—and to great eﬀect: The story has turned an entire generation of people in Asia onto wine, and it’s recently become a bestseller in France. Now that the second installation of The Drops of God has hit our shores, we took some time to chat with the authors about the wines that inspired them to apply manga to wine.
—Mariko Kobayashi and Tara Q. Thomas
What was the bottle that inspired your interest in wine?
We have always loved drinking wine. However, the turning point was at a wine party at Shin’s home, the moment we had the 1985 DRC Echezeaux. The aroma was amazing—of roses and strawberries intertwined—and it was as smooth as silk. On the palate it tasted as complex as the patterns of a traditional Japanese Yuzendyed kimono. When we drank this wine, we felt that wine is not just another alcoholic beverage. From that point on, we became more than wine lovers; we became wine maniacs.
Then it wasn’t the ﬁrst “apostle”— the Georges Roumier Chambolle-Musigny Les Amoureuses 2001?
Georges Roumier has always been our favorite domaine. A year before the series started, we had the Roumier 2001 Chambolle-Musigny Les Amoureuses: In its aroma and on the palate, we sensed the “drama” of quietness and the sense of walking deeper into the forest—we deﬁnitely felt the “mysterious spring deep in
W I N E
S P I R I T S
A P R I L
2 1 2
Images ©2011 Tadashi Agi/Shu Okimoto. All rights reserved.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Wine & Spirits - April 2012
Wine & Spirits - April 2012
Fined & Filtered: Patrick Comiskey on pairing wine with molecular gastronomy
Spirits: Lou Bustamante on cocktail bitters
Port without Serra
The Class of ’72
Brightliners in the Deep End
The Restoration of Austria’s Noble Red
New & Notable New York City Restaurants
23rd Annual Restaurant Poll
American Pinot Noir
Lost Commandments Howard G. Goldberg rewrites Exodus
Wine & Spirits - April 2012