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ssainani Jul 20, 2007 12:37 PM

when i'm in the states I always drink choya...it's a sweet plum wine available in japanese and asian markets

http://www.nasales.com/sake/beerwine/...

has anyone seen this in the gta or know where i can get it?

  1. Kagemusha Apr 23, 2008 03:21 PM

    Last ditch source--and pray: ozawa.ca

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      ssainani Apr 24, 2008 07:07 AM

      actually i just emailed them --- they said to expect it @ the lcbo through them for winter of this year

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        tarteaucitron Apr 24, 2008 07:42 PM

        Now that's great news! For many years I have been keeping an eye on where they might carry this in Ontario, finally having given up. All the while I relied on visiting friends from Japan or Hong Kong for a supply, or whenever I travel to those places myself.

        The best part of this brand is that, it is in the lower price range compared to the other plum wines, and yet tastes really good (although I wonder how they would price it in here).

        Also very curious why they'd have them in winter? Choya (and most plum wines) is supposed to be a summer drink.

    2. Wiley Jul 20, 2007 06:19 PM

      I've bought Gekkeikan Plum Wine in the LCBO and it's delicious..#46763 and it's $14.40 for 750ml

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        ssainani Apr 23, 2008 02:57 PM

        almost a year later

        has anyone seen this drink?

        or know of how i can import a case or two through the lcbo?

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          Blueicus Apr 24, 2008 10:27 AM

          You can get plum wine at the big LCBO by Summerhill (on Yonge just north of the four thieves).

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            mogo May 5, 2008 11:25 PM

            The LCBO in Chinatown (Spadina & Baldwin) tends to carry more Asian booze than other ones I've seen. I was usually able to find the Gekkeikan plum wine there.

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              ssainani Jun 9, 2008 10:21 AM

              if anyone cares --

              Hello
              I am sorry but the LCBO has not listed our product yet. We hope to have the Choya in the liquor stores within this year.

              Price is estimated to be under $40.00 per 750ml @ 23% alc./vol. especially made for the Canadian market.

              Thank you,

              Shotaro (Sho) Ozawa

              小澤彰太郎

              Sales & Marketing Manager

        2. jennjen18 Jul 20, 2007 05:30 PM

          try tnt?

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            tartiflette Jul 20, 2007 01:05 PM

            I was really intrigued by the idea of a sweet plum wine, so I took a quick browse of the LCBO site... no match. :( That probably means you'll have a lot of trouble finding it anywhere, given the tight regulations on the alcoholic beverage market here.

            You may be able to buy it as a special order, but they warn that you may pay 3 to 4 times what the item would normally cost thanks to the extortionary duties and taxes they apply on alcohol (well, okay.. they didn't use the word "extortionary"... that was my addition). It can also take several months depending on where you're ordering from.

            Seems like your best bet will be to bring some over the border next time you visit the US... making sure you're observing the allowable quantities, natch. ;)

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