What to imbibe: Jacquesson, Millesime 1970, Château Mouton Rothschild 1948, Jean Bourdy Côtes-du-Jura Rouge Vin d’Arlay 1915, Tenuta San Guido, Sassicaia 1970
La Terre is a little sanctuary of calm where both the discerning and curious can enjoy an intimate and exceptional wine and whisky experience. The brainchild of chief sommelier and co-founder Daisuke Kawai, the 1,000 sq-ft space is divided into three distinct sections: a retail area, a cellar made of white onyx, and the bar—which features a counter with 14 seats fashioned out of single slab of Japanese cedar and a more private six-seater booth. The wine and whisky list is extensive, boasting more than 1,000 gateway and high end old-world wines from France, Spain, Italy, Portugal and less known regions such as Lebanon and Greece, as well as interesting varieties of whisky from Japan and Scotland. Such a selection can only be meticulously put together and informed by an experienced master like Kawai, whose 20 years in the industry has earned him many awards. Those interested in oenology can attend wine seminars and masterclasses or check out its packed calendar of events, including special collaboration wine pairing dinners.
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