The Umami Collection - If You Know Umami, You Know About Wine and Food

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Recommending wine for sushi just got as easy as selling another bottle of beer. We are proud to introduce UMAMI + SUSHI, a wine and food match made in 'heaven'.

Wine and food are two of life's greatest pleasures. Wine exists to enhance food and there's at least one 'perfect' wine match for almost every food.

The quest is to find them.

That's exactly what the Umami Collection is trying to attempt.

The Umami Collection is an ideal choice for those who enjoy wine and want to

  • develop their interest in its relationship with food and
  • get a maxium enjoyment from wine and food.

Not all of life's matches are made in heaven, but with the Umami Collection at least your wine and food choices will be.

Wine and Sushi

Most of us seem to forget wine's place at the table the momemt we enter a sushi bar. True, the soy sauce and ginger seasoning that's traditionally served with sushi make it quite tricky to match with wine. Most wines are completely overwhelmed by this combination.

Yet 'cool rain over rocks', a light, terroir-driven, quintessential white wine from one of the best vineyards of the Middel Mosel (Germany) truly shines among these diverse flavors.

The natural sugar/acid balance of this wine is quite compatible with the sweet, sour, salty, and bitter elements of unadulterated sushi.

To experience a wine-and-food match made in 'heaven' enjoy a glass of 'cool rain over rocks' from the Umami Collection with your sushi / sashimi / raw fish next time you are dining at your favorite sushi restaurant.


It is said that the human tongue can detect only four basic tastes: sweet, sour, bitter and salty, and that all tastes are combinations of these.

In recent years a fifth taste, umami, has been added to the other four. Umami is hard to translate, to judge by the number of English words that have been sugggested to equivalents, such as savory, essence and deliciousness. It's sometimes associated with a feeling of perfect quality in a taste.


Haiku is one of the most important modes of Japanese poetry. A traditional haiku consits of pattern of approximately 5,7 and 5 syllables. It often contains a special season word descriptive of the season in which the haiku was set

Lane Steinberg, who writes wine reviews in haiku form, composed a number of 'savory' wine haikus exclusively for the Umami Collection.

The Umami Collection is part of JK Imports' 'concept wines' (old wine in new bottles). The 'concept wine' portfolio is made up of classic, top-quality, estate-bottled varietal wines produced by the very same small estates JK Imports has been doing business with over the last 15 years.


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