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The unparalleled and indomitable Travelling GOurmet TM uncovers the secrets of the world’s…
MOST expensive grape. The Ruby Roman from Ishikawa in Japan. It sold not long ago for US$11,000 for one bunch of just 700g!!!! WAHNSINNIG! (insane in German)
There are over 10,000 varieties of grape or Vitis vinifera, although one “so-called wine expert” keeps insisting there are only 1.500 varieties, after reading my friend, Jancis Robinson’s book. Wahahah! Hee hee!
Treasure of Ishikawa
The story began in 1995, Ishikawa grape farmers appealed to the Prefectural Agricultural Research Center to create a large red grape variety. So 400 experimental vines were planted into a test field. Two years later, they bore fruit. Out of the 400 vines, only 4 turned out to be red grapes. Just one out of 400 was deemed large enough to meet the farmers’ expectations. Over the next 14 years, researchers selectively bred this grape variety to constantly enhane not only its size but its taste. The colour and ease of cultivation were other paramount factors to consider. Today Ruby Roman is the “treasure of Ishikawa”.
The Ruby Roman grape has very low acidity and Extremely high sugar content and juice, Astonishing sweetness overwhelms your tastebuds when you gently bite in to one your mouth. Each grape must be over 20g and contain 18% sugar!!!! If you cannot afford a bunch, forget lunch and dinner…just buy one grape for 2000Yen or US$19!!!! OMG! Bananas!(US slang for crazy!)
The Travelling Gourmet TM says: Keep calm and carry on eating!
As a renowned Travel, Food & Wine Writer he has travelled the world in a keen & indomitable pursuit of exotic delicacies & fine wines. His articles have been published in over 20 prestigious publications, both local & international. Dr. Lim has toured and trained in Wine Evaluation & Oenology in most of the world's top wine producing areas from France to Australia. The Travelling Gourmet says, "Gastronomy has no frontier. These are the gastronomic voyages of The Travelling Gourmet. My unending mission. To explore strange new cuisines, to seek out new wines and new culinary experiences, to boldly go where no gourmet has gone before...." Have pen, will travel. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopy, recording, or any other information storage & retrieval system, without permission from Dr. Michael Lim The Travelling Gourmet and/or MSN. Material may be works of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents may be true but may also be products of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance whatsoever to actual person or persons, either dead or living, events, or locales may be entirely and purely coincidental and unintentional. No part of this website may be used to villify others or for criminal purposes.
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