While traveling in Toyko this past year, I went for an early morning walk through the Ginzo district; hoping my to ease my jet-lag with a little window-shopping. While passing a wedding boutique, I noticed a celebratory display featuring a few empty wine bottles. Not just any wine bottles, mind you, but two very specific Bordeaux bottles from two very specific chateaux, from two very specific vintages. Two wines that we practically sold the entire vintage allotment of ourselves: the 1997 Potensac and the 1997 Lanessan. "There is no possibly way in hell that these two bottles didn't come from K&L," I said to myself. It was just too unlikely that these specifc selections were randomly purchased locally, and coincidentally placed together in a Tokyo storefront window. Unfortunately, the store was closed so I couldn't inspect the back labels to check the importer, so I snapped a picture and kept moving.
You can get your bottom dollar, however, that I was back at the store later in the afternoon to follow up on the investigation. Sure enough, the back labels told me exactly what I had suspected. These were our bottles. Someone had purchased them in California, stowed them away in their suitcase, enjoyed them in Japan, and used them as a wedding prop for a Ginzo retail location.
It's a small world.