The night before Halloween was a treat for the New York Region, which hosted “Meet the Winemakers: Freeman Vineyard and Winery” at Tenri Cultural Institute in Manhattan. The wine tasting featured very special guests Ken and Akiko Freeman, whose winery in Sonoma, California produces cool-climate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. In addition to pouring four types of wine for around 50 guests, the Freemans shared stories of how they met (at a sheltering party during Hurricane Gloria in 1985) and how, 30 years later, their Ryo-fu Chardonnay was served at the White House State Dinner, despite Akiko initially hanging up on the White House representative because she thought she was being pranked.
A selection of meats and cheeses catered by Schaller and Weber complemented the wines. It was a great—and delicious—gathering of USJC members, prospective members and sponsors.
Thank you to Council Leader Susan McCormac (JapanCultureNYC) for the above photos and content!