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June 23, 2008
The premium luxury hotel chain Hotel Okura will open a wine restaurant and bar in their Fukuoka hotel named the Baron Okura Wine Dining and Bar on July 1st of this year. Guests will have over 500 types of wine to choose from, and will be served by qualified sommelier staff. As well, in August a special "wine school" will open for guest. The hotel's first floor restaurant will undergo remodeling to accommodate the new facilities and they expect sales to exceed ¥130,000,000 by the end of 2009.
The restaurant will have approximately 1200 bottles available which will primarily be represented by very high end brands such as Romanée-Conti, and all staff are trained sommelier in order to properly follow through with guest's requests. The average cost per customer is expected to start at ¥13,000 and increase from there.
From August members of the hotels special registration system will be able to participate in the Wine Academy which will be held in a private room with a sommelier who will lecture on various topics related to wine. In addition to 4-6 types of wine for tasting, cheese will be served along with a special gourmet meal prepared by the hotels French chef. The application fee for the program is ¥157,500, and the course fee for 12 lessons is ¥126,000. It is anticipated that most of the students of the wine school will be males in their 40's and 50's.
June 20, 2008. Nikkei Net